Why earn a master's degree in medical laboratory science online?

Application Deadlines
July 1
Nov. 1

Customized Online Course Plans

With coursework related to laboratory education, management and leadership, the curriculum can be tailored to meet your own career goals.

  • Foundation courses aim to build skills in communication, leadership, professional advocacy, research and problem solving.
  • Core courses address the scientific content/theory related to the major testing areas in the medical laboratory.
  • Elective courses allow you to customize your graduate degree plans in specialized areas such as education and management.

100% Online Master's in MLS

Want to keep working while completing an advanced degree? The master's degree in Medical Laboratory Science offers online, mostly asynchronous (only a few synchronous sessions throughout the entire degree) coursework. You can complete courses from any location, at any time of day. Finish the MLS graduate degree online while working anywhere in the world and with a full or unpredictable schedule. There are no required on-campus visits.

Flexible Scheduling

Need flexibility in course scheduling to accommodate personal, work or family commitments? Our flexible scheduling model allows you to choose how many online courses you take each semester. Additionally, faculty advisors will help you customize a course plan that accommodates your needs while facilitating timely graduation.

Medical Lab Science M.S. at UND

  • UND's MLS Program is one of the largest, most innovative, and far reaching programs in the nation.

  • UND has a cohort program with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and affiliation agreements with higher education institutions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Montana.

  • The MLS program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

  • The University of North Dakota has offered a degree in Medical Laboratory Science since 1949 and today has over 70 clinical affiliates in 15 states. 

  • Admission to the M.S. in MLS program at UND is on a competitive basis.  

Medical Lab Scientist Careers


UND Students passing the ASCP Board of Certification MLS Exam within one year of graduation, 2019

UND Department of Medical Laboratory Science


Growth for medical and clinical laboratory professionals through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified Medical Laboratory Science as a “critical need” occupation. 

UND graduates can be found working as laboratory managers, supervisors, lead technologists, quality specialists, clinical laboratory consultants or educators in the following environments:

  • Military
  • Colleges and universities
  • Forensic and reference laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Hospital, clinic, physician's office, forensic or reference laboratories
  • Research and industry

Top Companies Recruiting MLS Graduates

Our program educates the majority of MLS professionals in North Dakota and Minnesota. They go on to work at employers such as:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Sanford Health
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Laboratory Corporation of American
  • Essentia Health

Medical Lab Science M.S. Courses

MLS Graduate Student Testimonials

  • The curriculum and coursework really promotes active learning and professional development. The program is also flexible, which is great for people working full-time!

  • I feel more competent in MLS subjects and more prepared for a career in education at the collegiate level. The program gave me confidence in my abilities and my competency of the MLS knowledge in areas that I felt I was lacking in.

  • Faculty knowledge is a strength of the program. They all bring something different to the table, and show excitement in teaching new information.

  • This program prepared me to further my career in a technical specialist position or management position by enhancing my professional and leadership skills; especially in written and verbal communication.

  • I am better able to find and analyze current research for information that can be applied to my work. This has already been extremely useful in my current job as we look to improve current processes.

  • I was never confident in my ability to write in a scholarly manner before enrolling in this program, but now feel that my writing reflects the level of my professionalism

Medical Lab Expert

Kelli enjoys being the unseen professional behind the scenes in diagnostic medicine.

Read Kelli's Story