Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Admission Requirements

Applicants who are seeking admission to School of Graduate Studies must meet all of the minimum general School of Graduate Studies admission requirements identified in the graduate catalog.  In addition, prospective students must fulfill the following requirements for admission to the graduate program in Medical Laboratory Science.  Application deadlines can be found on the MLS or UND School of Graduate Studies websites.

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree and successful completion of the MLS (NCA), MT (ASCP) certification examinations (include proof of certification with School of Graduate Studies application).
  2. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. At least two years of prior work experience in a medical laboratory is preferred (include a resume of applicable work experience with School of Graduate Studies application).

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Medical Lab Science Program.

  1. A minimum of 33 semester credits as follows (see 'Curriculum' for course lists):
    • Foundation Courses = 12 Credits
    • Core Courses = 12 Credits
    • Elective Courses = 9 Credits
  2. A cognate area of study or minor (minimum of 9 credits) is optional.
  3. Successful completion of comprehensive examinations that takes place at the end of the student’s program of study.



All Foundation Courses are required for degree completion.  Each course is offered at least annually.  MLS 524 must be completed during the first or second fall semester of coursework.  MLS 515 must be completed during the spring semester closest to degree completion.  MLS 525 must be completed in the first semester of coursework.

MLS 501Advanced Laboratory Practice: Technical Concepts3
MLS 515Capstone in Medical Laboratory Science2
MLS 524Current Trends and Issues in Medical Laboratory Science2
MLS 997Independent Study2
MLS 525Professional Communication in the Medical Laboratory3


At least 12 credits of Core Courses (from a minimum of 4 separate courses) of the listed Core Courses are required for degree completion. Core Course credits beyond 12 can be counted as Elective credits.  Core Courses are offered on a 3-year cycle.

MLS 502Advanced Clinical Hematology: Erythrocytes *3
MLS 503Advanced Clinical Hematology: Leukocytes *3
MLS 506Advanced Clinical Chemistry3
MLS 507Advanced Clinical Immunohematology3
MLS 513Advanced Clinical Immunology 3
MLS 518Advanced Molecular Diagnostics3
MLS 522Advanced Clinical Bacteriology3

*Only one of these courses can be counted as a Core Course (if both are taken, the second would be counted as an Elective)


At least 9 credits (from a minimum of 3 separate courses) of Elective courses are required for degree completion. Note that any Core Course taken beyond the required 12 credits can also be counted as an Elective course. Elective courses are offered on a 3-year cycle, with the exception of MLS 516, MLS 589, MLS 590, and MLS 591 which are offered more frequently.

MLS 505Advanced Laboratory Practice: Financial Management3
MLS 509Medical Laboratory Education: Teaching Principles3
MLS 516Special Topics in Medical Laboratory Science1-4
MLS 517Advanced Laboratory Practice: Administrative Concepts3
MLS 523Advanced Non-Bacterial Microbiology3
MLS 526Advanced Clinical Hemostasis3
MLS 527Medical Laboratory Education: Assessment and Accreditation3
MLS 530Medical Laboratory Leadership: Principles & Practice1
MLS 531Medical Laboratory Leadership: Practical Applications1
MLS 532Medical Laboratory Leadership: Conflict Resolution1
MLS 589Readings in Medical Laboratory Science1
MLS 590Project Development1
MLS 591Directed Study in Laboratory Medicine1-6

Office of the Registrar

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264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382