Master of Science in Clinical Molecular Genetics
The Master of Science in Clinical Molecular Genetics is offered to those interested in professional opportunities in clinical molecular diagnostics for healthcare, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, forensics, research and academe. Students complete online graduate courses and one week in a molecular diagnostic lab experience on campus. Students will perform research or a method verification and validation which will culminate in a Thesis or Project, respectively. The Thesis or Project will be presented as a seminar at the conclusion of the program.
Students interested in pursuing a career as a Clinical Molecular Laboratory educator may meet degree requirements by completing Track 2.
Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. In addition, students must have a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science or Biology. Transcripts of applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis.
In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, additional factors, including 2 years of clinical laboratory experience or performance in the last 60 hours of course work, may be weighted more heavily in the assessment for admissions.
Applicants should have coursework in genetics, hematology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, chemistry, and statistics. Laboratory experience is required. This requirement can be met by documenting one year of clinical laboratory experience or 16 credits of courses accompanied by a lab. Students may be admitted with deficient backgrounds if coursework is met in a defined period of time.
Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education and Research. In addition:
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from instructors or professional references. Letters should address the applicant’s academic and professional abilities and preparation for graduate study.
- A statement of intent must be included which describes the applicant’s laboratory skills and experiences, and reasons for pursuing graduate education.