Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership

Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership
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Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Admission Requirements

Applications for the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree program are accepted year-round with new classes starting every semester — fall, spring, and summer. See below for the full details on admission requirements into the medical lab science master’s program.

Bachelor’s Degree

Students applying to the program must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree program from a regionally accredited institution.

Certification/Employment Documentation

Applicants that have completed an approved Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Laboratory Technician program must provide a Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Laboratory Technology certification (ASCP, AMT, AABB or equivalent); or if not certified, applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of professional practice as a laboratory science professional or related experience.

Other applicants will be required to demonstrate 5 years of professional practice as a laboratory science professional or related experience as deemed appropriate by the admissions committee.


Applicants must provide unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Graduate credits from other institutions or graduate programs will be reviewed by the MS-MLSL Program Director. No more than nine (9) credit hours can be applied toward the UC MS-MLSL degree.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Applicants must have completed Bachelor’s Degree program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants should provide two letters of recommendation.
It is preferred that the referee be a supervisor or administrator in the current or previous employer. Faculty from previous or current educational programs are also acceptable. It is essential that the referee can speak to the applicant’s ability to be successful not only in leadership but in a fully online learning environment. Recommenders are not to be family or personal friends of the applicant.


Resume/CV of personal, professional and educational background.

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years of professional practice in medical laboratory science or 5 years for applicants not holding current clinical certifications.

Personal Statement

Personal statement of applicant’s professional and academic goals, detailing previous experience that supports their goals. Additionally, the statement should address the skills and attributes as to why UC’s program is the right program for the applicant, and how the applicant can be successful in a fully online graduate program.

Tips for Personal Statements:

  • Include leadership roles and elaborate as much as possible – describe your impact as a leader and your engagement in the role
  • Include professional experience examples, including volunteer work – as much as it relates to laboratory science
  • Elaborate on your ENGAGEMENT in your work and volunteering – beyond admission or membership in groups or organizations

Application Fee

Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application; $65 domestic/$70 international application fee.

English Second Language (ESL) & International Applicant Criteria

The University of Cincinnati encourages applicants outside the United States to apply for the Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership program. The online program is designed to provide a quality experience for international laboratory professionals.

Students who are not permanent residents of the United States or earned a degree from an institution where English was not the language of instruction must complete a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test when applying.

TOEFL Requirements:

  • Internet Based: 100 minimum
  • Computer Based: 250 minimum
  • Paper Based: 600-603

Additional Requirements:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0 minimum
  • Duolingo: 120 minimum

In addition, applicants will be required to complete a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) review to ensure their qualifications fit the program.

Read our summary of the evaluation process for international students for more information.