Masters Degree Program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Program Curriculum

The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree program follows a required six semester graduate level curriculum, which begins each year during the fall semester. Resources limit each class size to no more than 5 students. In addition to tuition, housing, books and other usual school expenses, student fees of $500.00/semester cover lab supplies and special course fees. Fees are subject to change on a yearly basis. Students are responsible for transportation fees to and from externships at off campus sites. The CLS master’s degree program is a professional degree that does not require a written thesis but instead an apprenticeship program of 1 year with a mentoring laboratory, clinical or education site; provided mainly through the research/clinical/education faculty of the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico.


  • Biochemistry (3 years)
    (If not, must take BIOC 423. Note: Chem 302 or Chem 308 are prerequisites for BIOC 423)

Master’s Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science - 36 Credits

Core Requirements:

BIOM 511/BIOC Intensive Intro Biochemistry I: 4 Credits
BIOM 507 Advanced Molecular Biology: 4 Credits
BIOM 508 Advanced Cell Biology: 4 Credits
BIOM 555 Problem Based Research Bioethics: 1 Credit
PH 538 Public Health biostatistical Methods I: 3 Credits
MEDL 500 Selected Topics in Pathology: 2 Credits
MEDL 550 Laboratory Management Seminar: 2 Credits
**Electives 6 Credits

Masters Degree Non-Thesis Plan

MEDL 600: Non-thesis Apprenticeship in research/specialty clinical lab 10 Credits
Cytology, Genetics & Cytometry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or Immunology

Total: 35 Credits



Biomed 522 (3): Experimental design and methods in Molecular/Cellular
Chem 566 (3): Spectroscopy
Biology 547 (4): Advanced Techniques in Light Microscopy (SP)


Biomed 509 (3): Principles of Neurobiology
Biomed 532 (3): Neurochemistry (offered even years/F)
Biomed 533 (4): Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy (offered odd years/F) Pre-req: BIOM 509
Biomed 535 (1): Neuroscience Seminar

Cell Biology/Physiology:

Biomed 510 (3): Physiology (SP)
Biomed 515 (3): Cancer Biology
Biomed 516 (3): Molecular Genetics and Genomics
PH RM/Biomed 580 (2): General Toxicology
Biology 544 (4): Genomes and Genomic Analyses (F)
Biology 510 (4): Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
Biology 445/545 (3): Biology of Toxins (SP) Pre-req: BIOL 204L

Immunology/Infectious Disease:

Biomed 514 (3): Immunobiology (SP)
Biomed 652 (2): Immunopathogenesis

Admission and Student Information

Formal admission to the University is an initial requirement for admission to the Master of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree Program. Applications for graduate admission are available online at the University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies website. Acceptance into the program will be based on the recommendations of the Admisssions Committee and CLS Program Director.

Up to 5 students are admitted each year into the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science Program. A good academic record is essential, but it does not guarantee acceptance. Screening of applications for fall admission will begin on June 15th each year. All application materials and letter of intent must be received by June 15th in order to be considered for Fall admission. Students are admitted once a year, with classes beginning in the Fall semester. Applications received by this date will be given first consideration for admission. Students must have at least a 3.0 on the last 50 credits or total of their bachelor degree program. Six basic areas are considered in the selection process:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree

  2. ASCP(US) Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist

  3. The student’s academic record

  4. Three letters of Reference

  5. Life Experiences

  6. Personal Interview

UNM Graduate Program applications are available on the UNM Graduate Studies website. The Graduate Studies office holds application files for two years.

Deadline: All application materials are due no later than June 15th. Admission is for the fall semester of the same year of application. Those applicants who are provisionally selected will be notified in early July. All applicants will be notified of their admission status. Selection will be given to qualified persons regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, age, qualified disability or military involvement. Equal opportunity for admission is given to all qualified applicants.

Advisement and Interview sessions will be scheduled through the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program. Interested students must meet with or contact program advisor Margaret Alba (

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