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The MLS program is a postbaccalaureate 4+1 program. Students with a baccalaureate degree that meet the eligibility requirements and have completed the pre-requisite coursework are eligible to apply. 

1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with either:  

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biological science or chemistry, including the required prerequisite course work  
  • Other major with 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in biology and chemistry, including the required prerequisite coursework 
  • Important: Degrees granted by foreign universities must have transcripts evaluated by an ASCP-approved agency prior to application – ASCP Evaluation Agencies for Foreign Transcripts (PDF)

2. GPA of 2.750 or higher 

3. Completion of the prerequisite coursework  
The following prerequisite coursework may be obtained within, or in addition to, the baccalaureate degree: 

Biological Sciences: A minimum of 16 credit hours (24 quarter hours) 

  • Human Physiology I & II (laboratory strongly recommended)
  • Microbiology with laboratory  

Chemistry: A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) including 

  • Organic Chemistry with Laboratory

Math: At least one of the following college-level mathematics courses 

  • Algebra 
  • Pre-calculus 
  • Calculus 
  • Statistics

The following courses are strongly recommended:

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Immunology 
  • Molecular Biology 

4. Meet MLS program technical standards 
In addition to academic standards, students are required to be made aware of non-academic or technical standards that are necessary for students to successfully complete the MLS or Categorical program. Technical standards refer to a candidate’s physical, cognitive and behavioral attributes. Technical standards for the Mass General Brigham MLS program have been developed in compliance with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Mass General Brigham will provide equal opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran or active military status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. 
View technical standards (PDF)

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Jennifer Nicoloro, PhD, MLS (ASCP)CM
Program Director
221 Longwood Ave., EBRC 420-421
Boston, MA 02115