Careers: Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership

Careers: Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership
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Spring 2024 Info Session Registration

Join us on Thursday, October 12th, 2023 for the Master's in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership information session. Get your chance to speak with Program Director and ASCLS President-Elect Dr. Pat Tille, and learn from our enrollment staff about the program!

Spring 2024 Application Fees are Waived!

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Money Icon Career Outlook

A Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree provides several career options for graduates, including management, education, and specialized laboratory practice roles.

Additionally, students in the University of Cincinnati Online program will have the opportunity to obtain a national American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) specialty certification within any laboratory science core based on ASCP Route 2 or 3 requirements for certification.

There is a significant difference in the salary when completing a Master’s Degree. In 2021, a nationally ASCP-certified MLS Bachelor’s-prepared medical laboratory scientist earned approximately $69,000 (mean) staff technologist. In addition, a laboratory lead or manager with a Master’s degree and advanced specialty training or education in the other disciplines averaged an annual salary of approximately $85,500 to $95,000, and a laboratory director averaged $111,000.

What you can do with a Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree

A Master’s of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree opens the doors to a variety of leadership roles. These roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Administrator/Management
  • Advanced Practice Specialist
  • Educator
  • Lead Technical Specialist
  • Technical Supervisor
This degree is great for those with experience in:
  • Biomedical Research
  • Certified Laboratory Assistance
  • Chemistry
  • Certified Laboratory Assistance
  • Chemistry
  • Cytogentics
  • Hematology
  • Histology
  • Industry
  • Laboratory/Life Science Education
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Veterinary Laboratory
Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $99,930 11%
Education Teachers, Postsecondary $66,930 8-10%
Microbiologists $81,990 8-10%
Molecular and Cellular Biologists $87,300 4-7%
Cytotechnologists $57,380 4-7%