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 a MLS/CLS/MT certification examination (ASCP certification preferred; include proof of certification with 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. Previous work experience as a MLS/CLS/MT is recommended (include a resume of applicable work experience with  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 total semester credits as outlined in the Curriculum section
  2. Successful completion of two comprehensive examinations.



All Foundation Courses are required for degree completion.  MLS 525 must be completed in the first semester. MLS 524 should be completed during the first or second fall semester.  MLS 515 should be completed in the last spring semester.

MLS 515Capstone in Medical Laboratory Science2
MLS 524Current Trends and Issues in Medical Laboratory Science2
MLS 525Professional Communication in the Medical Laboratory3
MLS 590Project Development1
MLS 997Independent Study2


Three Core Courses are required for degree completion. Additional Core Courses taken beyond the requirement are counted as Elective Courses.   

Choose at least three:
MLS 502Advanced Clinical Hematology: Erythrocytes3
MLS 503Advanced Clinical Hematology: Leukocytes3
MLS 506Advanced Clinical Chemistry3
MLS 507Advanced Clinical Immunohematology3
MLS 513Advanced Clinical Immunology3
MLS 518Advanced Molecular Diagnostics3
MLS 522Advanced Clinical Bacteriology3
MLS 523Advanced Non-Bacterial Microbiology3
MLS 526Advanced Clinical Hemostasis3


One Leadership Course is required for degree completion. Additional Leadership Courses taken beyond the requirement are counted as Elective Courses. 

Choose at least one:
MLS 530Medical Laboratory Leadership: Principles Practice1
MLS 531Medical Laboratory Leadership: Practical Applications1
MLS 532Medical Laboratory Leadership: Conflict Resolution1


Select from available Elective Courses to reach the total credits required for degree completion.  Note that any Core or Leadership Course taken beyond the requirement will be counted as an Elective Course.  

MLS 501Advanced Laboratory Practice: Technical Concepts3
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 527Medical Laboratory Education: Assessment and Accreditation3
MLS 589Readings in Medical Laboratory Science1
MLS 590Project Development1
MLS 591Directed Study in Laboratory Medicine1-6