Medical Laboratory Science MS
Are you currently a medical laboratory scientist looking to climb the career ladder? If so, the M.S. in Medical Laboratory Science at Online at Southern Miss is designed for you! Our online degree will provide you with the education and requirements necessary to earn your graduate MLS degree.
This online program is geared toward individuals who posses a certification as a medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist from a recognized national certifying agency. This certification is an entrance requirement. Our Online Medical Laboratory Science Masters Program allows you to earn your degree while staying in your current job and never having to step foot on campus! This is your life, plus college.
- Complete Graduate School application online at: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/apply-graduate-school
- Pay application fee
- Submit official transcripts to the Graduate School
- Submit GRE scores to the Graduate School
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation
- Submit documentation of national Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist certification
- If English is not the native language, present a MTELP of “Proficiency II” or TOEFL of 550 (regardless of previous college experience)
A minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of coursework, excluding hours awarded for thesis, is required for the thesis option. A minimum of thirty-six (36) semester hours of coursework is required for the nonthesis option. If a student has a felony conviction, the student may not be able to complete this degree because the student may not be able to perform the clinical experience. A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours must be in courses numbered 600 or above.
All coursework will be designated and approved by the student’s graduate committee during the first semester of the program and must include 18 hours of graduate coursework with a MLS prefix. Students selecting the thesis option are required to write a thesis under the direction of a medical laboratory department faculty member on a subject approved by the student’s graduate committee. The student’s graduate committee is composed of a chair and two members recommended by the department chair and appointed by the Graduate School.
A student in the graduate online curriculum may only have 6 hours of grades at the C level. If a student exceeds these maximum levels, the student will not be allowed to continue in the graduate program. A student who earns a D or F will not be allowed to continue in the graduate program. Upon completion of coursework, all students must pass oral and written comprehensive examinations. Additionally, a student selecting the thesis option must successfully present an oral defense of the master’s thesis. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to graduate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional course fees may apply. Fees range between $20 – $60.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://www.usm.edu/graduateschool/admissions.php. Official transcripts and GRE scores must be submitted to the Graduate School. Also, submit 3 letters of recommendation and documentation of National Medical Technologist Certification to the Chair of Medical Laboratory Sciences.
The graduate school must receive all admission items before the application is forwarded to the department for review.
Acceptance into the M.S. program is based on a combination of GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, recommendations, and faculty/dean/graduate dean evaluations.
Yes, with approval. A student may take up to 9 hours as a non-degree seeking student.
The student is contacted via email to establish a 36 hour degree plan for the committee and determine courses for the first semester.
Does the student pay in-state or out-of-state tuition?
At this time, students pay in-state tuition for online courses.
What is the comprehensive exam?
At the end of all coursework, the student must complete a written and oral comprehensive exam. The graduate student is given 6 questions, 2 from each of the three graduate committee members. The student has 30 days to prepare answers to the 6 questions in APA research paper format with references. The committee members evaluate the answers and if the answers are successfully written, the oral defense is scheduled and conducted using distance communication modes.
Does the student have to come to campus?
No. The online graduate student does not have to come to campus.
What are the costs, and how do I apply for financial aid?
What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
Will other classes besides the ones listed in degree requirements count towards my degree?
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
Are you a military veteran or service member?
If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs. We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions, and course enrollment.