UVM Medical Laboratory Science Program

Equipped to approach the world's challenges hands-on

Whether diagnosing the flu, developing new technology for disease detection or treating cancer, medical laboratory scientists provide critical information to patients and providers in health care settings.

UVM's Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree prepares both certified medical laboratory scientists and those with a bachelor's degree in another field for leadership roles in medical laboratory science practice and research. Get more information >>

About the Program

Custom curriculum tracks combine hands-on clinical experience with courses in advanced evidence-based practice, health care management, and scientific research. Students have the option to work directly with faculty in their laboratories and perform research projects under their guidance.

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Admission Requirements

Track One: For individuals who are not certified in medical laboratory science

  • B.S. or B.A. in one of the life sciences (or related field) from accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • General biology or anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry or biochemistry (4 credits), general microbiology with lab (4 credits), college level math  (3 credits)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application form

Track Two: For individuals already certified in medical laboratory science

  • B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science or related field and ASCP certification in Medical Laboratory Science or ASCP certification-eligible.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • General biology or anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry or biochemistry (4 credits), general microbiology with lab (4 credits), college level math  (3 credits)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application form

Minimum Degree Requirements

Track One: 43 credits NAACLS-accredited courses and 24 credits Advanced Practice courses (67 credits total). View Track One curriculum (PDF) >>

Track Two: 30 credits Advanced Practice courses. View Track Two curriculum (PDF) >>

Students in both Track One and Track Two will be required to complete a comprehensive exam that covers major topic areas of the medical laboratory science profession. View the graduate program handbook >>

Clinical and Research Opportunities

Students in Track One will complete a semester-long clinical internship at one of the hospitals within the University of Vermont Health Network as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program.

All students will complete a three-course series in research method and design that culminates with a capstone research project. Under the supervision of the program faculty in collaboration with clinical affiliate partners, students will conduct relevant evidence-based research to advance the field of medical laboratory science.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: JUNE 1

Application Process

Applications for graduate admission must be submitted online to the UVM Graduate College. The application form requires:

  • General application and associated fee,
  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • Official transcript of all colleges attended,
  • Statement of purpose (personal summary of interest),
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-US residents.

Please note the minimum TOEFL score for this program is 100. Applicants must have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, which consists of 16 years of formal education.

Review of Graduate Applications

Applications submitted prior to the June 1 deadline will be reviewed and receive an admissions decision within six weeks. The UVM Medical Laboratory Science program considers several factors when reviewing an application to the graduate program. Specifically, and not in any order of importance, the Department is interested in:

  • Undergraduate/Pre-professional Grades (GPA 3.0 or higher)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (Essay)

Undergraduate/Pre-professional Grades

There is a distinction between "undergraduate" and "pre-professional" grades, since some people have completed an undergraduate degree in another field and have had to complete a series of prerequisite courses in addition to the undergraduate degree.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation to support their application for graduate study. These letters are important because they often provide admissions committees with information that is not found elsewhere in your application.  Letters should come from academic faculty who know you well and can speak to your academic performance OR professional contacts and employers who can speak to your work skills and practice.

Statement of Purpose (Essay)

The Statement of Purpose is a very important part of your application. In fact, at UVM it is given the same weight as your academic transcript, graduate record exam (GRE) scores, and letters of recommendation. Furthermore, the Statement of Purpose demonstrates how well you express yourself using the written word. An effective Statement of Purpose is a 1 – 2 page essay that typically:

  • describes your motivations for advancing your career as a medical laboratory scientist at the University of Vermont.
  • tells us why you think you will be a successful candidate. We are interested in knowing how you have prepared for graduate study, what this preparation demonstrates about your fitness for study in the field, and what you consider to be your strengths and challenges. When identifying challenges, also please describe how you have dealt with these in your academic career to date.

Contact Us

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858


Application Deadline


Applications submitted before the deadline will receive an admissions decision within six weeks.


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100% employment rate

Among UVM Medical Laboratory Science graduates since 2013.

Graduates of the master's program are prepared to:

  • Promote positive patient outcomes through communication of laboratory-related information to health care professionals and patients and their families
  • Conduct evidence-based research to improve patient outcomes and advance the field
  • Apply advanced practice knowledge and technical skill to leadership roles in the medical laboratory science profession