MHS - Medical Laboratory Sciences

With every advance in laboratory and biomedical science, we take one step closer to reducing the impact of disease globally. You can play a crucial role in solving the puzzles of Alzheimer’s, HIV, cancer and other devastating illnesses.

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On the rise

Jobs that employ Medical Laboratory Scientists are projected to grow at 16% between 2014-2024, much faster than the national average. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)

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High demand

The number of new jobs created between 2014-2024. This is almost twice the number of newly certified graduates expected during this period (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)

Program Overview

As laboratory technology becomes more sophisticated, there is a growing need for professionals who are trained in modern lab operations but also have a strong foundation in the biological sciences. We give you the knowledge and advanced skills to be successful working in the pharmaceutical industry, as a clinical researcher for a biotech company, doing analysis in a hospital lab and more.

Depending on your career ambitions, you’ll have the option of specializing in either microbiology or biomedical sciences. In our state-of-the-art labs, we teach you to examine genes using thermal cyclers and how to analyze biological and chemical material with a range of modern equipment.

You’ll come away with an understanding of key methods in scientific research and may have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through our internship program with prominent local companies. Recent intership locations have included Pfizer, AxioMx and Ancera. At the end of the program, you are well-positioned to find employment or continue your education in medical school or a PhD program.

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Faculty Profile

Preparing leaders

Professor Dwayne Boucaud teaches in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus.

Compassionate leadership

Dwayne Boucaud, professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Health Sciences, has published research in some of the most exciting areas of biomedical science. He also has been able to transfer his excitement and passion for the profession to his role as a professor and mentor to future medical laboratory professionals. He has been recognized for his efforts with the university's most prestigious academic honor, the Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Careers

A master's degree in medical laboratory science can be useful in a number of careers areas. Graduates can work in government agencies; hospitals and medical facilities; industrial companies and research and university and college teaching. Graduates also gain administrative skills and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.

Examples of Careers for Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)

Government Agencies

  • FBI
  • Public Health Department
  • Agriculture Department
  • Food and Drug Administration 
  • Center for Disease Control 
  • NASA

Industry

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Claims
  • Brewer, Winemaker, Distiller
  • Bioremediation
  • Clinical Trails

Hospitals / Higher Education

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Hospital Lab Management
  • Toxicology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Transplant Services

Completion of a Medical Labratory Science degress prepares students for advanced study in PhD programs and professional programs in the specialties of veterinarian, dental and other fields.

Curriculum and Requirements

MHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Program of Study

Students may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis option in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. Both options require students to take four courses or more in their specialization while allowing students to choose a number of electives to meet their individual needs.

Thesis Option Requirements (based on availability of faculty)

The curriculum includes a minimum of 35 credits including 8 credits of thesis (BMS 650, BMS 651). A total of 14–15 credits of core classes in an area of specialization is required along with three classes (9–12 credits) of electives within the specific area of specialization. Open elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

BMS 650Thesis I4
BMS 651Thesis II4
Core courses in area of specialization 114-15
Three areas of specialization electives 19-12
Open electives1-4
Total Credits35-39
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Since most courses are either 3 or 4 credits, the total credits from area of specialization and total number of elective courses are based on the number of credits for individual courses.

Non-Thesis Option Requirements

The curriculum includes a minimum of 38 credits including 2 credits of comprehensive examination (BMS 670). A total of 14–15 credits of core classes in an area of specialization is required along with three elective classes (9–12 credits) within the specific area of specialization. Open elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

Comprehensive Exam2
Core courses in area of specialization 114-15
Three areas of specialization electives 19-12
Open electives 19-12
Total Credits38-42
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Since most courses are either 3 or 4 credits, the total credits from area of specialization and total number of elective courses are based on the number of credits for individual courses.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination in medical laboratory sciences (2 credits) is a requirement for the non-thesis option in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. The purpose of the exam is two-fold. First, the student must demonstrate broad and specific knowledge expected of someone holding a master’s degree. Second, the student must be able to integrate knowledge obtained from individual courses into unified concepts which link the student’s own specialization to other fields of study. The student is given two opportunities to demonstrate competency. A written essay exam is administered by a designated faculty member. Students should schedule an appointment with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

Areas of Specialization

Biomedical Sciences

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 532Histology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 536Endocrinology3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
PA 515Human Physiology4

Microbiology

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Open Electives
BIO 505Writing and Science3
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 510Biostatistics3
BMS 511Writing for Scientists3
BMS 517Human Embryology3
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
BMS 688Independent Study2
BMS 689Independent Study2
PA 515Human Physiology4
PA 535Disease Mechanisms4

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Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed once all of the required materials have been received. It is your responsibility to ensure that missing documents are received prior to the stated admissions deadline. The Office of Graduate Admissions is not responsible for materials sent to other offices or personnel.

Application Start Date


The medical laboratory sciences program begins in the fall or spring semesters. The program is on a rolling admission schedule and applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are reviewed and a decision is rendered upon receipt of all required documents.

Application Deadline


Domestic Applicants: Fall semester suggested filing date by July 30.  Spring semester suggested filing date by Dec. 15.
International Applicants: Fall semester deadline April 30.  Spring semester deadline Sept. 30.

Admission Requirements


Anyone who holds a baccalaureate degree in the biological, medical or health sciences is eligible to apply for admission if appropriate science courses are satisfied. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from a different field must possess, at a minimum:

  • Two semesters of basic biology (or equivalent)
  • Two semesters of general chemistry
  • 20 additional credits of biology (one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry or equivalent is recommended) 

The most competitive applicants possess a minimum undergraduate cumulative and science GPA of 3.0.

Required documents:

  • Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
  • Fee:  You will be asked to include a non-refundable application fee of $45 by credit or debit card when submitting your application. Do not send cash or check.
  • Official Transcripts: It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to have an official transcript sent from the original university. These transcripts must be provided to Quinnipiac University in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to graduate@quinnipiac.edu
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must have two professional references submitted on your behalf. You will be required to enter your recommenders' contact information on the application.
  • Letter of Intent:  You will be asked to include a letter of intent discussing why you wish to pursue the medical laboratory sciences program and how a degree from Quinnipiac will assist you in your career goals.  
  • Resume: You will be asked to include an up-to-date resume.
  • Professional Licenses/Certificates (Optional):  You will be able to upload any professional licenses or certificates when completing your application or from your student portal after submitting your application.
  • International applicants -  If you are an international student, you are required to submit the following documents in addition to those found under the required documents.  
    • Course-by-Course Credential Evaluation: Our preferred vendor is World Education Services.  
    • Statement of Financial Support: Please complete the Statement of Financial Support form found on our website. Please include bank statements for supporting documentation. 
    • Copy of Passport or National ID: Please provide a copy of your passport or national ID. This can be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 
    • English Language Proficiency: Please provide an official copy ofyour TOEFL or IELTS exam score OR documentation of successful completion of ELS Level 112

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