The Masters of Arts in Biomedical Laboratory Science program is designed to enhance the students knowledge base and broaden their perspectives across the profession. A variety of laboratory science and management courses can be taken to fulfill the degree requirements. The coursework is customized to the student's interests and students may also take electives in other relevant topics. A final capstone project expands the students knowledge of an emerging analyte or technology.
This program can be completed fully online. For students interested in updating their technical skills, there is also the option to take advanced level lab course(s). MSU Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) graduate students come from various disciplines, including the medical laboratory, industry, academic research labs and other health related backgrounds.
The BLD Graduate Program faculty help students create the course and research plans that fit their education and career goals. This can include advanced coursework in topics such as molecular diagnostics, immunodiagnostics, advanced flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, biomedical laboratory operations, transfusion medicine/hemostasis, cell biology, statistics, information technology, scientific writing and research in the sciences.
Alumni from this program have authored peer reviewed publications. Students can also use the coursework from this program to prepare for national credentialing exams in specific content areas such as molecular diagnostics, flow cytometry, etc. Please note that our courses do not directly provide eligibility for national credentialing exams. For details on credentialing, please see: https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/get-credentialed or contact the BLD program to see if we can provide any course plans that would align with your credentialing goals.
Career OutlookThis program provides the foundation for career advancement in laboratory leadership, hospital specialist roles, and faculty/program director roles in medical laboratory science education. The BLD faculty mentor students in professional development and networking, and this also creates career advancement opportunities.
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
a bachelor’s degree in science from an accredited college or university.
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Previous work experience
Taken the GRE
Taken the TOEFL
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
3 letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. Provide contact information for your recommenders in the MSU Application system.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
Complete a university graduate application (program code: 7104) Have transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended sent directly to MSU. Mailing address is: Michigan State University Hannah Administration Building 426 Auditorium Road, Room 250 East Lansing, Michigan 48824-2604
Official general GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores. GRE scores can be up to 5 years old. The MSU GRE code is 1465. The BLD Department Code is 0601. A GRE waiver may be requested for nationally credentialed students that are applying to the Masters of Arts in Biomedical Laboratory Science program.
For applicants in which English is not their first language, an English Language Proficiency test must be taken. Test takers should use the Michigan State University code 1465. Please read this additional information on test availability and requirements.
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