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Advanced master’s track

Admission requirements summary

Advanced master’s track

of entry:


Jun 1
Nov 1

Special requirements:
Contact department for list of institutions with guaranteed admissions agreements

Students holding a baccalaureate degree in clinical laboratory sciences/medical technology and generalist certification by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel Inc. or the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology are eligible for the advanced master’s track. Candidates may specialize and complete a project or thesis in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, molecular diagnostics or immunology. In addition to the basic science requirement, each student will choose an area of secondary emphasis in biomedical research, education, management or business.

Curriculum for advanced master’s track

Students in the advanced master’s track are required to complete a minimum of 34 semester credits to include:

Discipline-specific science 15-18
Seminar 3
(4 recommended)
Education, management or business 3
Statistics 3
Research methodology 3
Research 4-6

Specific courses will depend on the individual candidate’s choice of specialty. The basic science requirement may be distributed among approved courses listed in this bulletin.

Students with a secondary emphasis in education, management or business may elect to focus on courses in those areas in lieu of the discipline-specific course work. No more than 14 credit hours in the area of secondary emphasis may be applied toward the total minimum requirement.

A research study in the form of a thesis or project is required. Students selecting the thesis option complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of discipline-specific sciences and six hours of research; students selecting the project option complete 18 semester hours of discipline-specific sciences and four hours of research.

Full-time candidates require a minimum of two academic years to complete the program. There are no full-time residence requirements. Part-time students must complete all work requirements within six years. An interruption in registration in excess of one semester requires prior approval of the department.



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