Medical Sciences (MS)

What is the Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MMS)?

The MMS is designed for practicing professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the clinical laboratory sciences and develop new proficiencies needed to meet the challenges of a changing profession and fast-paced development in technology.

What Will I Learn in the MMS Program?

The MMS is built on 32-33 graduate credits that include core courses, fieldwork experiences, and individualized concentration electives. Program educational goals and courses can be found in the Course Catalog. You will also complete a capstone project relevant to your field of study. Read abstracts of recent projects here.

What is Unique About This Program?

You can tailor your program of study to meet your specific career goals, whether it be laboratory administration, advanced laboratory practice skills, research, or laboratory science education.

This program is designed for students who have already completed a degree in a laboratory-based discipline (medical laboratory science, cytotechnology, cytogenetics, biotechnology, etc.).

  • BS in a laboratory field such as medical laboratory sciences, biotechnology, cytogenetic technology, or cytotechnology
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Written statement of goals and objectives that identifies your research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate your professional objectives
  • Current résumé and two letters of recommendation
  • If English is not your first language, the University requires a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550, or at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, within the last two years
  • GRE is not required

The curriculum can be completed in as little as three semesters (accelerated format), in a traditional four semester format, or in an extended part-time format over the course of six semesters. 

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • MMSC604 Methods in Bioscience Education (3 credits)
  • MMSC603 Research Design (3 credits)
  • MMSC605 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Lab Management (3 credits)
  • MMSC803 Seminar (3 credits total, 1 per semester)

Fieldwork (8 credits)

  • MMSC610 Advanced Practicum I (2 credits)
  • MMSC611 Advanced Practicum II (2 credits)
    • Or MMSC631 Laboratory Education Administration and Instruction (2 credits)
  • MMSC613 Advanced Practicum III (2 credits)
  • MMSC614 Advanced Practicum IV (2 credits)
    • Or MMSC632 Laboratory Administration and Management (2 credits)

Scholarly Product & Concentration Electives (12–14 credits)

  • Or MMSC815 Contemporary Topics Research (6 credits total, 3 per semester)
  • 6-8 credits of electives from graduate-level courses offered throughout the University

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,028.

Tuition remission, assistantships, and/or stipends are not available in this program. Students can apply for financial aid as applicable.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 1 (international), August 1 (domestic)
Spring: January 1

Virtual Open House Sessions:

There are no scheduled open houses at this time. View a recording of the last one here.