Program Overview

The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Biomedical Laboratory Science offered by Michigan State University is intended to provide students with further knowledge to widen their understanding across the occupation. The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program directs the program.

The program is designed to prepare future managers with a mix of business management and science needed in research, medical, and industry settings. If prospective students don’t meet full criteria during the admission process, they may apply for provisional admission if they have proved they have a high probability of success.

All students will complete five required classes: Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Seminar, Fundamentals of Scientific Research, Advanced Clinical Laboratory Practice, Selected Problems in Clinical Laboratory Science, and Experimental Design and Analysis. Students will then choose 16 credits from a list of classes. Another five elective classes will be chosen by the student and approved by the guidance committee. Finally, students will complete a capstone project. The total credit hours must equal to 30 credits in order for the students to graduate from the program.

The program is under the “Plan B” track, which means that instead of writing a thesis and defense, a project is completed with a written summary and defense. The project usually reviews the literature studied in the class and will most likely be overseen by a faculty advisor.

This career requires both understanding of diagnostic science and how to integrate this knowledge into social, public policy, and strategic issues within the healthcare spectrum. These skills may be learned from classes MSU offers such as Clinical Application of Molecular Biology, Concepts in Immunodiagnostics, Concepts in Molecular Biology, and Transfusion Service Operations and Management.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


    Regular admission requires completion of a bachelor of science degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. A GRE score is also required.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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