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M.S. in Medical Laboratory Science


Tarleton State University offers the Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science through the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas. Laboratory professionals are in high demand due to predictions that the laboratory shortage will continue for the next several decades, which give students with this degree a variety of choices in work settings, types of positions, and job security. The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MS-MLS) offers students several concentrations to choose from:

  • Cytogenetics
  • Laboratory Management
  • Molecular Diagnostician - Professional
  • Molecular Diagnostician - Research

Preparing You to Make a Difference

Our program prepares students for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification Exam. By completing this exam, students will be eligible to become certified with the American Society of Clinical Pathologist's Board of Registry Molecular Biology. Additionally, graduates of Tarleton State University's MS-MLS program have achieved an 87% average employment rate in a related field as of 2013.


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Plan Your Future

Graduates during the Commencement ceremony.

Career Opportunities

A graduate degree in Medical Laboratory Science can lead to a number of career opportunities, including:

  • Lab Director
  • Lab Data Analyst
  • Supervisor
  • Technician
Real experience

Get Certified

Students who successfully complete their Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science will be eligible for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification Exam. By becoming certified with the American Society of Clinical Pathologist's Board of Registry Molecular Biology, students will have ample options of career paths, job security, and skills that are sought out by many employers.

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

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Program Objectives

  • Ensure that our faculty/staff members are readily available to students for any or all of their educational needs.
  • Challenge students to strive for excellence and professionalism in classroom, clinical, and community settings.
  • Promote excellence in graduate education through academic instruction, research, and service

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
MDLS 5220 Medical Genetics
MDLS 5221 Immunopathology
MDLS 5325 Clinical Molecular Biology
MDLS 5331 Clinical and Anatomic Pathology
MDLS 5398 Statistical Methods Health Care Research
MGMT 5311 Managing Operations and Service
BLAW 5303 Healthcare Law

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Applied Research Opportunities

Applied Research Opportunities

Students in our program have the opportunity to earn their degree with an emphasis in Molecular Diagnostics. Our program faculty members have a wide range of experience and research interests that are extremely helpful to students in their studies and coursework. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the principle investigator's research expertise and pursue this option.

Group of students from the medical lab.


The Richard C. Schaffer Educational Building is located in the Central Hospital District of Fort Worth and consists of these six laboratories:

  • Hematology, hemostasis and urinalysis/body fluids
  • Chemistry
  • Immunohematology and immunology/serology
  • Microbiology, parasitology, mycology, and histology
  • Molecular diagnostics: pre-amplification, amplification, nucleic acid extraction, NGS
  • Protein laboratory: Blotting techniques
Real Experience

Real Experience

Our program offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Students will not only be experiencing hands-on activities in the classroom, they will also be exposed to real-world situations in their clinical training. There are several hospitals within the Fort Worth Medical District from which students can choose to complete their clinicals. In addition, our program has affiliations with facilities such as: