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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Science - Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Master's Degree Program is intended for experienced professionals or new graduates with a background in clinical sciences/medical laboratory science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or related areas who want to develop and expand their expertise in the clinical sciences.

This program provides individuals with the level of graduate education to develop those skills required to upgrade the quality of their job performance and enhance their opportunities for advancement in their professions. Students will develop skills and knowledge required for the advanced degree, including critical and independent thinking, research design, normal and pathophysiology, analytical method evaluation, and scientific literature assessment. Students will also develop competencies in administration and management.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Alumni hold diverse positions including clinical laboratory supervisors, health care administrators, biomedical and biotechnical research scientists, clinical trial coordinators, pharmaceutical and forensic scientists as well as positions in the growing biomedical device industry. Some graduates also hold administrative positions in these fields.

Graduates of the program are very competitive and demonstrate continuous employment in a wide variety of technologically based professions in clinical, medical, scientific and industrial areas. Program graduates gain greater mobility and expand personal career opportunities. Many choose to assume leadership roles in their fields. The degree also creates a foundation for more advanced doctoral training.

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for admission to the graduate program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences should have a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences or a related discipline such as Biology or Chemistry or Biochemistry. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and a junior level undergraduate course in biochemistry is required. Students should submit an official application from the graduate school, graduate record exam scores, undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation and a written personal statement.

Both part-time and full-time students are welcome. Many students complete their degrees on a part time basis. Courses are offered during the evenings to allow flexibility and convenience for the working professional.

Qualified students not matriculating in the masters program can earn a maximum of twelve graduate credits before formal application to the degree program is required. Credits from courses with a minimum grade of B may be applied toward the master's degree.

All doctoral and master’s degree programs at UMass Lowell require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration (MBA), which requires the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).

The College of Education Initial Licensure Programs require copies of the appropriate MTEL scores. Other Master of Education and Education Specialist programs require proof of an initial or professional teacher license appropriate to the field. Not all M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require the GRE. Doctoral programs in education require GRE scores. 

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.