Program Overview

Michigan State University’s Master of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Operations consists of three major areas: science, management, and practice. Students must complete a total of 31 credit hours to fulfill program requirements. This program is designed for those with previous clinical lab experience. Those with such experience may work in career fields such as clinical measurement, biotechnology, medical microbiology, or disease control.

The management portion of this program will provide students with a strong base in general business aspects, including resource management, organizational and communication skills, and decision-making that highlight management in a biomedical laboratory. The science portion focuses on specific advanced classes that aim to heighten the student’s ability in their chosen biomedical laboratory discipline. The practice portion is joined with the required internship and clinical experience.

The required courses for this program are Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics, Managing Biomedical Laboratory Operations, Topics in Biomedical Laboratory Operations, and Decision Processes for Biomedical Laboratory Operations. These four courses total six credit hours of the total 36. The remaining 30 credits will consist of a minimum of 5 credits in business or management focus courses, a minimum of 17 credits in science focus courses, and a minimum of three credits of an internship supervised by an industrial partner. Students will also need to pass a final oral exam.

If students already have certification in a clinical laboratory profession may be able to use their clinical education/internship experience towards the required two-year clinical lab experience.

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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, in a field of study directly related to the focus of this program and a minimum of two years’ experience in a clinical laboratory setting.

    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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