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

Interested in basic and clinical research? Join us for a Zoom webinar information session. All webinars are at 3PM PT.

December 7, 2021
January 11, 2022
February 8, 2022

Register is required; sign up for a session today. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.

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.


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

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. The program is highly competitive for students who are not ASCP-certified.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Official transcripts submitted from all colleges/universities that you have attended
  • Achievement of a 3.0 grade point average in the last 90 graded quarter credits or the last 60 graded semester credits
  • Foreign students must have a satisfactory command of the English language. Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted to the Graduate School with a minimum score of 80 to be considered for admission. Please refer to the Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements for more information. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the test. We no longer accept IELTS results.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Complete a personal statement via Catalyst survey, 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 requirements for students with an undergraduate degree in a scientific field such as chemistry, microbiology or biology:

Applicants must have significant research experience consisting of at least 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 Zoom or phone.

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