Medical Sciences (MS)

Why a Master's Degree in Medical Sciences?

In today’s competitive employment market, individuals seeking management and leadership positions in the laboratory-based health professions require a graduate level degree.

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (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.

Uniqueness of Our Program

Designed for students who have already completed a degree in a laboratory-based discipline (medical laboratory science, cytotechnology, cytogenetics, biotechnology), the MMS allows students to tailor their program of study to meet their specific career goals, whether it be laboratory administration, advanced laboratory practice skills, research, or laboratory science education.

All students complete a capstone project relevant to their field of study. Read abstracts of recent graduate student research projects.

  • 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 the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate his/her professional objectives
  • Current résumé and two letters of recommendation
  • If English is not the 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 MMS is built on 32–33 graduate credits that include core courses, fieldwork experiences, and individualized concentration electives. 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)

  • MMSC611 Advanced Practicum I (2 credits)
  • MMSC612 Advanced Practicum II (2 credits)
    • Or MMS644 Laboratory Education Administration and Instruction (2 credits)
  • MMSC613 Advanced Practicum III (2 credits)
  • MMSC614 Advanced Practicum IV (2 credits)
    • Or MMSC645 Laboratory Administration and Management (2 credits)


Scholarly Product & Concentration Electives (12–14 credits)

  • MMSC868 Research (6 credits total, 3 per semester)
    • 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:

Thursday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m.

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