Online MSHS in Biomedical Laboratory Science

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4 Semester Duration

3 Unique Concentrations

Transfer Credits Accepted

Expert Faculty

A Fully Online MSHS in Biomedical Laboratory Science Designed for Future Experts

Gain the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of biomedical laboratory science with George Washington University’s online MSHS program. The curriculum in this expert-instructed master’s program prepares certified students to move into various leadership roles in work environments such as clinical or diagnostic labs, laboratory science academic programs, government agencies, biotech companies, public health labs, and blood banks.

This program is designed for ambitious medical laboratory technicians who want to lead in clinical laboratories and offers a general track and three unique concentrations for study: translational microbiology, medical laboratory sciences, and immunohematology and biotechnology. All courses are online and conducted in an asynchronous format, so students can study from anywhere and fit class time into their busy schedules.

It is required for applicants to hold national certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist.

Continue your education online with GW to benefit from distinguished connections and career-aligned learning opportunities that foster success in the health sciences. While studying online, you will receive the same benefits and education as our on-campus students, joining an ever-expanding alumni community dedicated to discoveries that can make the world a better place.

  • Our graduates pursue roles in leadership, supervision, management, and teaching in a variety of industries
  • The average base salary for a microbiology laboratory supervisor is $64,9711
  • The average base salary for a molecular biology scientist is $77,2312

Explore Our Unique Concentrations

In addition to the program’s core courses, the MSHS program offers three concentrations, each with courses designed to give students relevant experience to become confident experts in their chosen fields.

The MSHS BLS program also offers a general track concentration so you can customize your degree by selecting a combination of electives that match your career interests.


Gain the strategic leadership and practical research skills you need to lead within a laboratory setting.

Areas of emphasis: Biotechnology, genetics, immunohematology, molecular biology


Focus on strategic leadership practices, and build an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a clinical laboratory.

Areas of emphasis: Data analytics, laboratory management, molecular pathology, molecular epidemiology


Interpret and design translational microbiological research, and discover solutions to infectious disease-related health issues.

Areas of emphasis: Parasitology, mycology, virology, and molecular epidemiology

Join a Tradition of Excellence in the Health Sciences

Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences was the first medical school in the nation’s capital. Today, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities through online programs that promote inclusion, service, and advocacy.

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The Flexibility to Thrive in Class and Your Career

GW offers an innovative learning experience, delivering world-class programs that you can complete entirely online. We designed our classes for flexibility, allowing you to gain expertise for advancing your career when and where is convenient for you. Throughout your online program, you’ll benefit from our supportive faculty-to-student ratio and online resources that make it easier to interact with your peers and instructors.

Attend GW from Anywhere in the World

This non-clinical program helps students take the next step in their careers by providing in-depth courses over three unique concentrations. Our expert faculty have years of experience in their fields and guide students through the online program, giving them the necessary skill sets to succeed. With courses ranging from Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity to Molecular Epidemiology, our students get the knowledge necessary to thrive and pursue their dreams with confidence.

Meet the Demand for Skilled Lab Managers

The world of scientific laboratories is always in need of leaders. Clinical, diagnostic, and public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and even government agencies are growing to incorporate more experts as interest in public health grows. Graduates of this program pursue a variety of roles in these fields, including:

  • Biotechnology or government research associate
  • Microbiology laboratory supervisor/manager
  • Public health laboratory scientist/supervisor
  • Microbiology laboratory scientist/supervisor
  • Transfusion medicine or molecular biology scientist

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