MS in Laboratory Medicine & Pathology


The Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Washington is the premier resource for education and research in basic and clinical laboratory science for the greater WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). The Master of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine & Pathology prepares the graduate for advanced technical and supervisory positions in the clinical and research laboratories as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries.

For additional program information, see the MS in Laboratory Medicine & Pathology program handbook.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Zoom webinars will be scheduled for Fall 2022/Winter 2023, please check back. The MS Program Application Deadline is March 15th, annually.

Graduate Curriculum

To complete the program at least thirty-eight credits are required, of which nine are thesis credits. Full-time medical laboratory scientists typically complete the program in two years. Non-medical laboratory scientists with a BS degree in chemistry, microbiology or biology (see admission requirements below) may need three years to complete the program.

Pathways and Areas of Research

DLMP combines the sophisticated testing and informatics capabilities of fully accredited clinical laboratories with the resources of an academic institution in its delivery of clinical and anatomical pathology services. Within the field of Laboratory Medicine itself, there are several pathways that a MS student, particularly a student with a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) undergraduate degree, might identify as an area for further education and training while in the MS program. In these instances, the MS student may seek to identify a pathway (and thesis mentor) in the first two quarters of the program. Selection of a specific pathway helps focus the student in a specialty area. The following six pathways are available for in-depth study:

  • Blood Bank/Transfusion Service
  • Chemistry/Immunology
  • Hematology/Coagulation
  • Microbiology/Virology
  • Genetics/Molecular Diagnostics
  • Management/Informatics

In addition to these pathways, many DLMP faculty have active, funded research programs on infectious, neurodegenerative, gastrointestinal, renal and genetic diseases, including cancer. Thus, for some MS students, their area of focus might align with these research areas and faculty mentors.

Core Requirements for All Pathways

  • BIOST 511 Medical Biometry I (4)
  • LAB M 502 Laboratory Medicine Grand Rounds (3 total, 1 per quarter)
  • LAB M 510 Laboratory Medicine Research Conference (3 total, 1 per quarter)
  • LAB M 520 Organization and Management in Laboratory Medicine (3)
  • LAB M 555 Critical Thinking and Research Design in Laboratory Medicine (2)
  • LAB M 601 Laboratory Medicine Internship in Teaching (3)
  • LAB M 700 Master's Thesis in Laboratory Medicine (9)

Career and Research Opportunities

A Master of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine & Pathology provides opportunities to work in the health profession including: laboratory management, administration, research, global health, consultation, education and industry. Graduates of our two-year program currently work for public, private and non-profit health agencies, educational institutions, the military, and the pharmaceutical industry.

MS Program Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine & Pathology Program accepts both certified medical laboratory scientists and college graduates with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, microbiology or biology or other scientific discipline. We also accept applications from students with bachelor of arts degrees in the biological sciences.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Unofficial transcripts submitted from all colleges/universities that you have attended. Please visit this link to learn about when to submit official transcripts
  • Achievement of a 3.0 grade point average in the last 90 graded quarter credits or the last 60 graded semester credits
  • English language proficiency (ELP) is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please see this link for details on the 5 ways proficiency can be demonstrated.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement in the Graduate School online application, addressing the following specific prompts:
    • Please provide a bullet point list of the different research experiences you have had, indicate their duration, and provide a very brief description.These experiences may include summer research internships, academic year research, post-baccalaureate, and/or work-related experiences. Please include your total years of research experience at the end of the list. (1500 character limit)
    • What are your future goals, and why is obtaining an MS in Laboratory Medicine necessary to achieve them? (1000 character limit)
    • What pathways are you interested in specifically? Outline which faculty and research subjects that interest you in particular. (1500 character limit)
    • Describe a time that you encountered a significant event or obstacle, scientific or otherwise? How did you handle it? (2000 character limit)
    • What do you expect to be challenging about graduate school? What strategies would you use to manage these challenges? (1500 character limit)
    • Is there any information pertinent to your application that you would like to add that was not covered in the previous questions? (1000 character limit)

Additional requirements for medical laboratory scientists (MLS/MT) or medical laboratory technicians (MLT) or with significant experience in a clinical laboratory:

Certification as a medical laboratory scientist in one's country of origin, i.e. MLS or equivalent, or as an MLT or equivalent, or as a specialist in a clinical laboratory field is strongly recommended. Individuals not certified as an MLS in the United States are encouraged to seek ASCPi certification.

Additional suggestions for students with an undergraduate degree in a scientific field such as chemistry, microbiology or biology:

Ideal applicants will have significant research experience of approximately one year of work in a research laboratory.

Application Process

All prospective applicants must submit a complete application by March 15th for autumn admission. Eligible candidates may be invited for an in-person or video interview.

See the UW Graduate School Admission page for admission forms and procedures.

Academic Advising and Contact Information

If you need information about the program, please contact Heather Eggleston at to answer your questions or to schedule an advising appointment via in-person, Zoom, email, or phone.

Graduate Program
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
Box 357110
1959 NE Pacific Street, NW120
Seattle, WA 98195-7110
Tel: 206.598.2162