MS in Clinical Laboratory Science
When are the courses offered?
The majority of courses are offered on a two semester academic schedule in the fall and spring, with limited course offerings in the summer semester. Fall and spring offerings normally last 15-weeks. Summer courses are typically 10-12 weeks long or less.
What is the Graduate Project?
The MS-CLS Program culminates in a 3-credit, faculty-guided, student-directed Graduate Project (IDST6980 or IDST6989) that generally addresses more practical problems or issues in clinical laboratory services and health care delivery. The Graduate Project is a prospectively planned and approved research, educational, administrative, community service, or clinical activity designed to support and enhance your ability to apply your graduate experience and achieve tangible outcomes. Your Graduate Project will allow you to select activities related to your employment role, investigate trends relevant to your particular work environment, and develop personally or professionally meaningful solutions to the issues and problems under study. The time spent on the Graduate Project generally involves between 120 and 160 hours spread over a full semester. You are required to submit a written report and make a formal presentation about your project at the completion of the semester. If you are unable to present your project in-person, the project must be validated via videotaped presentation and/or live teleconferencing.
Are there other methods I can use to obtain course credit?
Yes, unique to the program are the multiple options available for meeting the specialization and elective course requirements. These flexible approaches include (1) independent study, (2) pre-approved registration at other regionally accredited colleges or universities (including online courses), (3) portfolio assessment and (4) credit by examination (for selected courses). These options are approved according to SHP and program policies and procedures, and you must secure your advisor’s approval before pursuing any of the alternative methods. More information about these options may be found in the SHP Catalog. Click here
What is portfolio assessment?
Through portfolio assessment, you may be granted credit for significant non-collegiate learning experiences. After providing the required documentation, your learning experiences will be evaluated by the appropriate faculty.
Can I receive transfer credit if I have taken graduate courses at other institutions?
Yes, you may receive up to 9 transfer credits upon faculty approval for applicable graduate level courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Only graduate courses in which you received a grade of "B" or higher are considered for transfer, and all prior courses must first meet the standards of currency, rigor, and applicability as evaluated by program faculty, whose decision is final. After acceptance into the program you will complete a Transfer Evaluation Form and faculty will evaluate your graduate courses completed at other institutions. More information about transfer credits may be found in the school catalog - click here.
Are there any residency requirements for the program?
No, there are no academic residency requirements for the MS-CLS Program.
How long does it take to complete the program? Is there a time limit?
Although you can complete the MS-CLS Program in 12-15 months by attending full-time, you have up to 6 years to finish your degree requirements. Most students pursue the degree part time over 2 to 3 years.
Who will advise me during the program?
To facilitate your progression through the program, once you matriculate you will be assigned a faculty academic advisor from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences who will assist you with your course selections and communicate with you at least once a semester during the course registration periods. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the Evidenced-Based Literature Review and Graduate Project courses. In addition, the MS-CLS Program Director is available to assist you in any aspect of the program. Your advisors and program officials will be available to you by phone or e-mail.
What are the tuition and fees for the program?
The University Board of Trustees approves tuition and fees on an annual basis. For more information click here.
Is financial aid available for students in the MS-CLS Program?
The best source of information about financial aid is the University Student Financial Aid Office. For more information call the Office at 973-972-4376. You may also be eligible for tuition assistance from your employer or for scholarships through your professional association.
How much will I pay for other program costs?
The cost for books, supplies, and printing course materials averages $200 per course. You will also need reliable access to Internet services that includes at least Internet browsing capability and email. If you need to purchase computer hardware, software, or a printer, your costs will increase. Also, if you are a full-time student or a part-time student participating in a clinical Graduate Project (IDST 6989) or a comply with Rutgers-SHP Immunizations and Health Requirements for students with potential exposure to blood borne pathogens (click here - Policies & Requirements).
What are the Technical Standards for the program?
For the Technical Standards that apply to all SHP programs click here. The Disability Compliance Coordinator may be reached at 973-972-8594.
Are there standardized test requirements for admission?
You are not required to take any standardized test (e.g., GRE, MAT) for admission.
Is an interview required for admission to the program?
Yes, an interview is required for admission to the MS-CLS Program. All applicants that meet the admissions criteria will be scheduled for a phone or distance/internet interview with select faculty in the MS-CLS program.
When do I register for courses?
Prior to the beginning of each semester and dates for
student registration are posted. Registration deadlines are
available by going to the SHP Office of Enrollment Services. Click here. Course
Schedule - click
How do I register for courses?
If you are accepted into the MSCLS-CLS, you will register each semester for courses as a
matriculated student. You must contact your assigned advisor each semester to discuss your course selection. Your advisor will provide your registration PIN, and you will register online. You are issued a new PIN each semester.
What are the requirements for taking online
You must possess good basic computer skills, including those
needed for successful Internet browsing and searching, emailing and word
processing. For a complete list of these skills, please click here. In addition, you must have reliable
access to Internet services that include at least Internet browsing capability
How are the online courses
Each course is accessible 24/7 during the semester (with the
possible occasional exception of time needed to complete upgrades or
maintenance). There are no class meetings when all course participants are
expected to log on at the same time. You can, therefore, log on whenever it is
convenient for you, giving you significant personal choice and control over when
and where your learning takes place. It is recommended, however, that you log on
to any online course at least three times a week. The most important ingredient
in any online course is your participation. The program’s courses have
been designed to provide a high level of interaction between you, your course
faculty, and fellow students. An ongoing interaction between faculty and
students is required. Regular assignments and feedback from the course faculty,
and opportunities to participate in group discussions are built into the
program. The online delivery system also provides an opportunity for you to
interact on a one-to-one basis with faculty and student colleagues in many
health-related disciplines from all over the country and, often,
I have never taken an online course, what do I
The University uses course management technology to deliver online
courses. All first time students are required to complete a 2-3 hour online
orientation before the start of their first online course. The orientation is
designed to introduce the first-time online learner to the online environment
and provides practice in using some of the most commonly used features. Most
students find that navigating through a Rutgers-SHP online course is fairly easy
after completing the orientation.
Do I have access to the University’s library?
As a matriculated or non-matriculated student, you will have
online access to resources of the University Libraries. You will have remote access to the
library electronic resources and databases, including over more than 2,000 electronic
journal subscriptions and more than 90 database subscriptions. These resources are not
available free to the general public, but are available to registered students.
After registering for an online course, you will be provided with instructions
for remote access to the restricted library resources.
Can you describe a typical day or week in an
Your daily or weekly workload will vary with the number of
courses you take. In general, you can expect to spend a minimum of 9 hours per
week per 3-credit online course. For structured courses, this typically involves
logging on at least three times a week to check for new announcements,
participating with your fellow students in the posted discussion topics, working
on regular unit readings or assignments (usually offline), and completing
essay-type examinations or major term project activities.
Who teaches the online courses in the MS-CLS
Program and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory
The online courses are taught by our experienced and dedicated
faculty in the Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Interdisciplinary
Studies. Faculty are experts in their field with many years of professional and
educational experience, including the delivery of high quality,
student-centered, online education. Most are doctoral-prepared and clinical
laboratory science faculty hold generalist and often specialist certification in
their disciplines. In addition, adjunct faculty who are nationally and
internationally recognized as experts in CLS also serve as guest faculty.
Are these programs accredited?
The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools. There is no professional accreditation for graduate
programs in the clinical laboratory sciences. The undergraduate clinical
laboratory programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for
Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).