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Medical Laboratory Sciences (MHS)

Medical laboratory research and diagnostic testing are among today's most exciting professions.

The last decade has brought many exciting breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as new challenges such as AIDS, Lyme disease and the resurgence of tuberculosis. These new developments and challenges require laboratory professionals to stay on the cutting edge of their field. New techniques have to be mastered, new theories and concepts understood, and new means of managing the more complex operations of laboratories developed.

Quinnipiac's master of health science (MHS) program in medical laboratory sciences/biomedical sciences provides students with the cutting-edge skills they need to manage the more complex operations carried out today in hospitals and research facilities as well as allowing students to develop their critical thinking skills and knowledge of the biomedical sciences, sought after by PhD programs and medical schools. Students also will have the added benefits of working closely with faculty mentors and the guidance of Quinnipiac's director of prehealth advising as they prepare to continue their biomedical education.

The two specialties included in the program (biomedical sciences and microbiology) and the integration of courses from these individual specialties provides the student with a comprehensive knowledge to meet the education and technical needs of the biomedical profession in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics and medical research. Students are guided in the principles and methods of scientific research, and they gain knowledge of the latest advances in biomedical, biotechnological and laboratory sciences--all directly applicable to real-world work environments.

Furthermore, students who successfully complete their studies will be well-positioned to continue their education toward a degree in either medicine or PhD programs or employment in the research/development industry and diagnostic companies.

For more information contact:
Graduate Health Sciences Admissions
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 1-800-462-1944
E-mail: graduate@quinnipiac.edu

Admissions Requirements

Anyone who holds a baccalaureate degree in the biological, medical or health sciences is eligible to apply for admission if appropriate science courses are satisfied. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a different field must possess, at a minimum:

  • Two semesters of basic biology (or equivalent)
  • Two semesters of general chemistry
  • 20 additional credits of biology (one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry or equivalent is recommended)

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Below is a list of what needs to be submitted when applying.

  • Application
  • $45 application fee
  • Resume
  • A detailed autobiography of personal, professional and educational achievements
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Copies of any relevant professional licenses or certificates (optional)
  • All applicants must possess a minimum undergraduate cumulative and science GPA of 2.75.

For additional information about the program or to arrange a campus tour or interview, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944.

Write to Quinnipiac University Graduate Admissions at 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518-1940. Send e-mail to graduate@quinnipiac.edu.

Curriculum + Requirements

All students must choose between a thesis option (a minimum of 35 credits) or a non-thesis option (a minimum of 38 credits). Those who choose the thesis option complete eight credits of research under the supervision of a faculty member. Those on the non-thesis track take additional courses as well as a comprehensive exam. Both options require students to take four courses in their specialization while allowing students to choose electives to meet their individual needs. 

Students choosing any of the concentrations are allowed to take courses or electives from any other concentration as well as courses from the molecular and cell biology program.

A. Thesis Option Requirements (based on availability of faculty)
The curriculum includes a minimum of 35 credits including eight credits of thesis (BMS 650, 651). 14-15 credits of core classes in an area of specialization is required along with three classes (9-12 credits) of electives within the specific area of specialization. Open elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

Course Credits
BMS 650, 651 Thesis 8
Core courses in area of specialization 14-15
Three areas of specialization electives 9-12
Open electives 1-4
Total: Minimum of 35 credits


B. Non-Thesis Option Requirements
The curriculum includes a minimum of 38 credits including 2 credits of comprehensive examination (BMS 670).14-15 credits of core classes in an area of specialization is required along with three classes (9-12 credits) of electives within the specific area of specialization. Open elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

Course Credits
Comprehensive Exam 2
Core courses in area of specialization 14-15
Three areas of specialization electives 9-12
Open electives 9-13
Total: Minimum of 38 credits

Biomedical Sciences (Core Courses)

  • BMS 502 Research Methods (4 credits)
  • BMS 518 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • BMS 522 Immunology (3 credits)
  • BMS 532 Histology (4 credits)


Biomedical Sciences (specialization electives)

  • BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 571 Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Laboratories I (4 credits) 
  • BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Laboratories II (4 credits)
  • BMS 508 Advanced Biology of Aging (3 credits)
  • BMS 518 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • BMS 520 Neuropharmacology (3 credits)
  • BMS 521 Advances in Hematology (3 credits)
  • BMS 522 Immunology (3 credits)
  • BMS 527 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • BMS 532 Histology (4 credits)
  • BMS 535 Histology and Histochemistry (3 credits) 
  • BMS 552 Toxicology (3 credits)
  • BMS 561 Immunohematology (3 credits)
  • BMS 562 Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis (3 credits)
  • BMS 563 Anemia (3 credits)
  • BMS 564 Fundamentals of Oncology (4 credits)
  • BMS 565 Leukemia (3 credits)
  • BMS 576 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits) 
  • BMS 578 Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Diseases (3 credits)
  • BMS 579 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)
  • BMS 583 Forensic Pathology (3 credits)
  • BMS 591 The New Genetics and Human Future (3 credits) 
  • BMS 598 Synaptic Organization of the Brain (3 credits)
  • BMS 599 Biomarkers (3 credits)
  • PA 515 Human Physiology (4 credits)

Microbiology (core courses)

  • BMS 502 Research Methods (4 credits)
  • BMS 522 Immunology (3 credits)
  • BMS 570 Virology (4 credits)
  • BMS 572 Pathogenic Microbiology (4 credits)


Microbiology (specialization electives)

  • BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 571 Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Laboratories I (4 credits) 
  • BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Laboratories II (4 credits)
  • BMS 502 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BMS 525 Vaccines & Vaccine Preventable Diseases (4 credits) 
  • BMS 528 Advanced Clinical Parasitology (4 credits)
  • BMS 569 Antimicrobial Therapy (3 credits)
  • BMS 573 Mycology (4 credits)
  • BMS 575 Food Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BMS 576 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits) 
  • BMS 579 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)
  • BMS 584 Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
  • BMS 585 Outbreak Control (3 credits)


Medical Laboratory Sciences Open Electives

  • BIO 500 Writing and Science (3 credits)
  • BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 571 Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIO 580 Animal Cell Culture (4 credits)
  • BIO 589 Neurophysiology (3 credits)
  • BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Laboratories I (4 credits) 
  • BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Laboratories II (4 credits)
  • BMS 508 Advanced Biology of Aging (3 credits)
  • BMS 510 Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • BMS 511 Writing for Scientists (3 credits)
  • BMS 517 Human Embryology (3 credits)
  • BMS 518 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • BMS 520 Neuropharmacology (3 credits)
  • BMS 521 Advances in Hematology (3 credits)
  • BMS 525 Vaccines & Vaccine Preventable Diseases (3 credits) 
  • BMS 526 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • BMS 527 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • BMS 528 Advanced Clinical Parasitology (4 credits) 
  • BMS 532 Histology (4 credits)
  • BMS 535 Histochemistry (3 credits)
  • BMS 552 Toxicology (3 credits)
  • BMS 561 Immunohematology (3 credits)
  • BMS 562 Blood Coagulation & Hemostasis (3 credits) 
  • BMS 563 Anemias (3 credits)
  • BMS 564 Fundamentals of Oncology (3 credits) 
  • BMS 565 Leukemia (3 credits)
  • BMS 569 Antimicrobial Therapy (3 credits)
  • BMS 570 Virology (4 credits)
  • BMS 572 Pathogenic Microbiology (4 credits) 
  • BMS 573 Mycology (4 credits)
  • BMS 575 Food Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BMS 576 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits) 
  • BMS 578 Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders (3 credits)
  • BMS 579 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)
  • BMS 583 Forensic Pathology (3 credits)
  • BMS 584 Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (3 credits) 
  • BMS 585 Outbreak Control (3 credits)
  • BMS 591 The New Genetics and Human Future (3 credits) 
  • BMS 598 Synaptic Organization of the Brain (3 credits)
  • BMS 688 Independent Study (2 credits)
  • BMS 689 Independent Study (2 credits)
  • PA 515 Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • PA 535 Disease Mechanisms (4 credits)