Admissions for MSHS Programs

Applicants to MSHS in Clinical Microbiology, Clinical & Translational Microbiology, and Molecular Diagnostic Science

New York Residents - We advise applicants who are considering New York state licensure to review license requirements before accepting admission to the program. 

Applying for Admission

All applicants must complete the GW Online Application. 

Please submit an application via the new GW Online Application.

  • Summer 2019 Entry: April 5

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:

  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission

General Admission Requirements

1. Resume

Attach your current resume or CV.

Active-duty military do not need to submit a resume. Attach current orders.

2. Official Transcripts

Please submit official military transcripts (e.g. JST, CCAF). Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to include AP and IB scores, to the following address:

The George Washington University
Health Sciences Programs
Office of Admissions
2100 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.,
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Or via e-mail to: hsphora@gwu.edu

All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.

3. Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted by your recommenders through the GW Online Application. After submitting the contact information for your recommender, they will recieve an email with a link to upload their letter directly to your application. The letter of recommendation should be from:

  • Academic instructors who can strongly attest to your academic ability, or
  • Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic

Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

4. Statement of Purpose

Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

5. English Language Test

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.

TOEFL, PTE, and IELTS scores are valid for two years after the test date. International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores:

  • They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

For each program's individual admission requirements, click on the program name below.

Note: The clinical programs have additional requirements. Please review the program specific requirements below to see if your program is classified as clinical. Please see the New Student page for more information on Clinical Student Requirements:

MSHS in Clinical Microbiology (Clinical program)

1. Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policy found in the Health Sciences Student Handbook.

2. If accepted, candidate for clinical programs will be required to submit the following at matriculation (i.e. during their first semester):

  • Copy of criminal background check
  • Copy of drug screening test

3. If accepted, candidates for clinical programs will be required to submit the following prior to clinical rotations:

  • Immunization records, including PPD (within the past 12 months) and evidence of Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Diphtheria, Polio, and Tetanus vaccination.
  • Copy of physical examination
  • Copy of health insurance

4. Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, or a related science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.

5. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

6. Students must have completed a combination of 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of biological, chemical, and/or medical science courses with a C grade or higher that include:

  • General Biology I and II - both courses must include a "hands-on" laboratory
  • General Microbiology - must include a "hands-on" laboratory
  • College Algebra or higher (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)

7. Complete Essential Functions form. All applicants are required to review the Essential Functions as part of the application process. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understand all of the essential functions when completing the online admissions application.

8. Identify Clinical Practicum Site. You will be asked to identify the appropriate option for completing your clinical practica as part of the online admissions application. If you live within 25 miles of the Washington DC Metro Area, you may either choose to go to one of our local affiliates or secure your own clinical site. If you live 25 miles outside of the Washington DC Metro Area, you will need to secure a clinical site. If you are securing your own clinical site you must submit a completed Clinical Site Verification Form and will be prompted to upload the completed form in the online application. Military applicants who are deployed overseas and cannot secure a clinical site at the time of admissions may submit the Clinical Site Verification form at a later time.  Your application will not be reviewed until this form is received.

» Curriculum Information

 
MSHS in Immunohematology & Biotechnology (Non-clinical program)

1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

3. National certification in MLS (i.e. Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Scientist) or Blood Banking certificaion (i.e. Technologist in Blood Banking, Specialist in Blood Banking). You will be prompted to upload a copy of your current certification in the online application.

4. Complete Essential Functions form. All applicants are required to review the Essential Functions as part of the application process. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understand all of the essential functions when completing the online admissions application.

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MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Non-clinical program)

This non-clinical program is open only to students who are currently MLT or MLS/MT/CLS certified, specialist certified (e.g. SBB), or subject technologist certification.

1. Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, or a related science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.

2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

3. National certification (Technologist, Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, or Medical Laboratory Scientist). Student with other certifications should contact the program office for eligibility criteria. You will be prompted to upload a copy of your current certification in the online application.

» Curriculum Information

 
MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Science (Clinical and non-clinical options available)

Requirements for the clinical program option (see requirements for both clinical and non-clinical for additional requirements)

1. Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policy found in the Health Sciences Student Handbook.

2. If accepted, candidate for clinical programs will be required to submit the following at matriculation (i.e. during their first semester):

  • Copy of criminal background check
  • Copy of drug screening test

3. If accepted, candidates for clinical programs will be required to submit the following prior to clinical rotations:

  • Immunization records, including PPD (within the past 12 months) and evidence of Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Diphtheria, Polio, and Tetanus vaccination.
  • Copy of physical examination
  • Copy of health insurance

Requirements for both clinical and non-clinical program options:

1. Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, or a related science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.

2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

3. Students must have completed a combination of 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of biological, chemical, and/or medical science courses with a C grade or higher that include:

  • General or Inorganic Chemistry I and II - both courses must include a "hands-on" laboratory
  • General Biology I and II - both courses must include a "hands-on" laboratory
  • College Algebra or higher (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)

4. Students who want the clinical option of this program must also complete Essential Functions form. Applicants are required to review the Essential Functions as part of the application process. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understand all of the essential functions when completing the online admissions application.

​5. Identify Clinical Practicum Site (For students with no previous Clinical Molecular Lab experience). You will be asked to identify the appropriate option for completing your clinical practica as part of the online admissions application. If you live within 25 miles of the Washington DC Metro Area, you may either choose to go to one of our local affiliates or secure your own clinical site. If you live 25 miles outside of the Washington DC Metro Area, you will need to secure a clinical site. If you are securing your own clinical site you must submit a completed Clinical Site Verification Form and will be prompted to upload the completed form in the online application. Military applicants who are deployed overseas and cannot secure a clinical site at the time of admissions may submit the Clinical Site Verification form at a later time.  Your application will not be reviewed until this form is received.

» Curriculum Information

 
MSHS in Translational Microbiology (Non-clinical program)

1. Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, or a related science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.

2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

3. Students must have the following prerequisite coursework with a C grade or higher:

  • Chemistry (including Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry) (16 credits)
  • Biology (including Microbiology) (16 credits)
  • College Algebra or higher (3 credits)

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Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

If you wish to take an individual course offered by these programs, please contact the program directly at mlsinfo@gwu.edu.