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Medical Laboratory Science - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg and Online Options*

What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical laboratory scientists (MLS) are healthcare investigators, who use laboratory analyses to assist healthcare providers in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders. The Master of Science degree programs seek to provide the student with skills and knowledge for professional enhancement. The programs are structured to provide the student with an area of specialization or expertise. Graduates may be candidates for positions as managers, educators, information specialists, research laboratory technologists, etc.

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2Master's Degree options
18hours of 600 level coursework
36hours for online degree completion

What Will I Learn?

The campus program is for student with BS degrees in Biology or Chemistry. The students will complete the MLS BS course and 18 hours of 600 level coursework.

Campus students will learn:

  • Clinical Bacteriology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Clinical Immunohematology
  • Principals of Clinical Administration and Education

The online program is for Medical Laboratory Science BS degree individuals who hold ASCP certification. Students will complete 36 hours of coursework online.

Online students will learn:

  • Management
  • Education
  • Oncology
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbial Pathogens
  • Research
  • Current Topics

Professional Development

The department faculty are continually working to provide our students with the qualifications that they need to be competent certified laboratory professionals. Our department faculty work closely with our students through professional development activities such as the directed research projects, discussion boards, and comprehensive evaluation of curriculum content. Students will complete both written and oral comprehensive exams on trending healthcare topics with specific attention on laboratory related aspects.


Degree Plan Availability
Medical Laboratory Science MSHattieburg, Online 100%
Science Education (Medical Laboratory Science) PhDHattiesburg


  • Laboratory Directory
  • Regulatory Inspector
  • Laboratory Education Educator
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Biomedical Research
  • Infectious Disease Director
  • G. Shane Hendricks, MS, MT(ASCP) Retired Air Force 2007
    Microbiology Department Supervisor Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, FL.
  • Alicia Williams BS, MLS (ASCP) 2016
    Clinical Health Facility Supervisor (CLIA Surveyor) Oklahoma State Health Department Oklahoma City, OK
  • James J. Hamiliton MS, MLS (ASCP) Retired Air Force 2017
    Core Laboratory Supervisor Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO
  • Jennifer Fendinger MS, MSed, MT (ASCP) 2016
    Allied Health Program Director Bryant & Stratton College Buffalo, NY
  • Cassie D. Scherff, Capt. USAF BSC 2014
    Diagnostics and Therapeutics Flight Commander Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Beth P. White, MS, MT(ASCP) BS 1982 MS 2005
    Director of Laboratory Services Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Gulfport, MS