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Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science


Our Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science program prepares you to perform tests that aid in diagnosing and treating diseases.

Your ability to use the latest tests to analyze patients' bodily fluids will make you a vital part of the health care team.

We are one of the first Medical Laboratory Science programs in the country to offer a master’s degree. The program has a long history and is highly regarded both locally and nationally.

All of our students who graduated from 2019-21 found employment. In addition, 85% of them passed the ASCP Board of Certification within a year of graduating.

This is an entry-level program that is not designed for people who already have a degree in medical laboratory science or technology.

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Fast Facts: Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science
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Program Length:
21 Months

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Our Approach

Medical Laboratory Science students work with lab samples with the help of a faculty member.

You learn from faculty who also practice as professionals at one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, RUSH University Medical Center.

This means you will receive rich, hands-on experiences in the laboratory. You have access to a variety of resources for learning, including digital microscopy and actual patient specimens.

The curriculum is built around a core of basic and advanced theoretical knowledge combined with clinical practice in the following areas:

Clinical chemistry Clinical microbiology Hematology Immunology Immunohematology Molecular diagnostics

You have small class sizes for more one-on-one instruction but still enjoy the benefits of learning at a large academic medical center. This includes opportunities to work with students and professionals in a variety of fields.

In addition, you can take advantage of our community service programs to receive hands-on training. We also provide opportunities to work with funded, experienced researchers who are working on translational research projects.

And all of your learning takes place in the vibrant city of Chicago. You have access to a wealth of diverse neighborhoods and cultural opportunities.

Program Outcomes

Program Length and Location

Our 21-month program, 75-credit program takes place in-person on campus.

Your first year will be dedicated to learning basic theories and skills. The next year, you will complete a clinical practicum at RUSH University Medical Center or one of the following affiliated hospitals:

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • The University of Chicago Medicine
  • University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

In addition, you have full microbiology and blood bank rotations.

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science program is $853 per credit.

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The College of Health Sciences at RUSH University has dedicated need- and merit-based scholarships, including the following:

  • College of Health Sciences Endowment
  • Diversity Leadership Scholarships
  • Ellis-Jones Scholarship
  • Fry Foundation Scholarship
  • Golf Outing Scholarship
  • Diversity Award

In addition, program-specific awards are available on a periodic basis.

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Career Opportunities: Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science

Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Forensic and crime laboratories
  • Government regulatory agencies
  • Hospital and independent reference laboratories
  • Medical and biotechnology research facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Universities and colleges
  • Veterinary clinics and zoos

This program is also a great option if you want to complete a post-baccalaureate program before medical school. You have opportunities to learn about the procedures and processes that take place in medical laboratories.

There are several career paths for medical laboratory science graduates:

  • Clinical analysis: Includes microbiology and chemistry
  • Public health: Includes forensics and environmental health
  • Industry: Includes pharmaceuticals and quality assurance
  • Higher education: Includes educator and laboratory director
  • Research: Includes cancer research and bioengineering

Employment of medical laboratory workers is expected to grow 7% from 2021-31, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to PayScale, the average annual salary of a medical laboratory scientist is roughly $60,000 a year. This can vary depending on experience and location.

Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science Faculty
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Nadine Lerret, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM  
(312) 942-2780

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