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MS in Clinical Laboratory Science


Selection of applicants for admission is a competitive process that is the responsibility of the program faculty/admissions committee. The University places no restrictions on prospective applicants because of their color, creed, race, sex, age, marital status, or national origin. The University recognizes the value of diversity and is committed to providing appropriate support to its student body. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application and only the most competitive applicants are invited for an interview.

When initially screening applicants, the admissions committee looks for evidence of the following:

  • Ability of the applicant to handle a rigorous science course workload as demonstrated by the applicant’s previous coursework and GPA
  • Evidence of professionalism, as demonstrated in the resume/CV, such as:
    • professional society membership
    • professional leadership at local, state, region and/or national level
  • Strong written communication skills as demonstrated in the personal essay
  • Commitment to continuous continuing education

Application Dates: Application and ALL required documents must be submitted by these dates.

  •  March 1 for Fall term
  • September 1 for Spring Term


  • Professional certification as a medical laboratory professional: MLS(ASCP) or MLT(ASCP) with BS degree
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, preferably in CLS or a related science field. *
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for science courses
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from ALL institutions attended.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Personal essay addressing career goals and reasons for pursuing the MS-CLS
  • Proficiency in written communication to successfully complete frequent writing assignments, exams, and papers required in online courses
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from supervisor, lab manager, pathologist and/or college professor who have the knowledge to evaluate the applicant’s academic and professional performance.
  • Personal interview (via conference call)
  • Applicants who have earned a degree from a non-US accredited institution must comply with the applicable University and School guidelines and submit:
    • Transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES).
      • Only WES is accepted for the MS-CLS
      • Course and grade evaluation is required
    • Official transcripts sent from the non-US institution directly to the Rutgers School of Health Professions
    • TOEFL Exam scores
      • Taken within the last 2 years
      • Minimum of 79/80 on Internet-based test is required

 GPA minimum requirement/credentialing requirement:

  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Cumulative GPA for science courses of 3.0
  • Professional certification as a medical laboratory professional: MLS(ASCP) or MLT(ASCP) with BS degree
  • MLS-ASCPi (ASCP international credential) will be considered on an individual basis.


For more information about admissions, please contact the Office of Admissions: or 973-972-5336.


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