Academic Requirements

MLS Academic Requirements for Entry

*Requirements for MLS Certificate, BS Degree, and MMLS Degree only

Criteria for Admission

Primary Factors Considered for Admission: 

  • Minimum GPA Requirements
  • Minimum pre-requisite course requirements *see year/program specifics below
  • Number of repeated courses
  • Number of course withdrawals 

Secondary Factors Considered for Admission

Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual decisions. 

  • Work experience in medical or other laboratory setting
  • Rigor of your academic record
  • Number of semesters with full time enrollment including science laboratory courses
  • Military service
  • Knowledge of MLS profession

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Basic Admission Requirements BS degree

  • 26 transferrable credits, complete/ in progress at time of application
  • 2.5 gpa, cumulative and pre-requisite courses

Pre-requisite coursework

  • CHEM 1061 and CHEM 1065 / 1081 and 1065 or equivalent- Chemical Principles I with Laboratory (4) -completed with grade at time of application
  • CHEM 1062 and CHEM 1066/ 1082 and 1086 or equivalent- Chemistry Principles II with Laboratory (4) - **can be complete or in progress for spring semester
  • Plus ONE of the following completed at the time of application
    • BIOL 1009 - General Biology (4) or BIOL 1951 (4)
    • MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (3) OR MATH 1271 - Calculus I (4)
    • STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4) OR ESPY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (3)

 

* grade of C- or higher is required for all pre-requisites.  Please see the Transfer Guides below for course equivalencies from other institutions. 

Students who are not ready for admission are encouraged to keep progressing with MLS pre-requisites and liberal education requirements and apply for the next admission cycle. Review the UMN Liberal Education requirements. All Liberal Education requirements must be completed before beginning the Professional year (year 4) of the program.

Professional Year (Year 4 BS) Admission Requirements

  • GPA:  2.75; 3.0 preferred, cumulative and pre-requisite coursework
  • All Liberal Education requirements must be completed before beginning Year 4 of the program. Review the UMN Liberal Education requirements

 

Biology: 8 credits

  • BIOL 1009 - General Biology (4) or BIOL 1951 (4)
  • PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology (4)

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

  • MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (4) OR
  • MATH 1271 - Calculus I (4)

Statistics: 3-4 credits

  • STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4) OR
  • ESPY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (3)

Chemistry: 14 credits

  • CHEM 1061 and CHEM 1065/ 1081 and 1065 - Chemical Principles I with Laboratory (4)
  • CHEM 1062 and CHEM 1066/ 1082 and 1086 - Chemistry Principles II with Laboratory (4)
  • CHEM 2301 or 2081 - Organic Chemistry I (3) 
  • CHEM 2302 or 2081 - Organic Chemistry II (3)

 

Foundation requirements:

  • VBS 2032 OR MICB 3301 – Microbiology with laboratory (5)
  • GCD 3022 OR BIOL 4003 – Genetics (3)
  • BIOC 3021 – Biochemistry (3)
  • MLSP 5011W  – Professional Issues (2) *typically taken during the first semester in the professional program
  • MLSP 5511 – Immunobiology (3) *typically taken during the first semester in the professional program
  • MLSP 5311 – Laboratory Techniques (4) *typically taken during the first semester in the professional program

 

A grade of C- or higher is required in all pre-requisites. 

Please see the Transfer Guides below for course equivalencies from other institutions.  

Certificate/Affiliate/ MMLS Admission Requirements

  • Certificate/ Affiliate GPA- 2.75; 3.0 preferred, cumulative and pre-req course gpa
  • MMLS GPA- 3.0; 3.2 preferred, cumulative and pre-req course gpa

 

Biology: 8 credits

  • BIOL 1009 - General Biology (4)
  • PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology (4)

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

  • MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (3) OR
  • MATH 1271 - Calculus I (4)

Statistics: 3-4 credits

  • STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4) OR
  • ESPY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (3)

Chemistry: 14 credits

  • CHEM 1061 and CHEM 1065/ 1081 and 1065 - Chemical Principles I with Laboratory (4)
  • CHEM 1062 and CHEM 1066/ 1082 and 1086 - Chemistry Principles II with Laboratory (4)
  • CHEM 2301 or 2081- Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 2302 or 2081- Organic Chemistry II (3)

 

Foundation pre-requisites:

  • VBS 2032 OR MICB 3301 – Microbiology with laboratory (5)
  • GCD 3022 OR BIOL 4003 – Genetics (3)
  • BIOC 3021 – Biochemistry (3)
  • MLSP 5011W  – Professional Issues (2) *typically taken during the first semester in the professional program
  • MLSP 5511 – Immunobiology (3) *typically taken during the first semester in the professional program
  • MLSP 5311 – Laboratory Techniques (4) *typically taken during the first semester in the professional program

 

*grade of C- or higher required. Please see the Transfer Guides for course equivalencies from other institutions.

 

Transfer Guides

Many prospective students come to the MLS program from colleges and universities in and around the state of Minnesota. To assist those students in preparing for admission, transfer guides have been developed for a number of institutions. These transfer guides list course requirements and their equivalent courses at your college or university. Please use these transfer guides to help you select the courses that will meet the program’s prerequisite course requirements.

If your institution is not listed, or the transfer guide for your school(s) does not list the courses you have taken, please send the following information to [email protected] for review:

  • Name of Institution where course was completed
  • Course Number and Name
  • Number of credit hours
  • Year and semester taken
  • Course description(s)
  • Syllabi (if available)

We are currently in the process of evaluating and updating our current transfer guides. Please see below for our current selection of transfer guides. 

Please click on the links below to access the transfer guides:

COVID-19 Pandemic: Changes to Prerequisite Grade Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLS program will accept S/N grades for non-MLSP prerequisite courses for the follow semesters: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. However, to be a more competitive applicant, completing prerequisite courses on an A-F grading scale is preferred. If applicants have questions regarding the grade requirements, contact [email protected].

Suggested Plans of Study

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Suggested Plans of Study for the BS degree and Certificate

This sample Plan of Study for the BS in MLS at the University of Minnesota is based strictly on courses necessary to prepare for the Professional (4) year in the MLS program without regard to individual student issues and is intended as a guide for the student’s academic plan.

Notes for the BS Degree and Certificate:

  1. The Liberal Education requirements chosen in this sample schedule were selected to fulfill requirements and credit load per semester.
  2. Students may choose any courses that fulfill the Liberal Education requirements for a University of Minnesota undergraduate degree.
  3. All science and Liberal Education courses must be completed no later than spring of Year 3.
  4. Due to the intensity of the MLS curriculum schedule, students are not allowed to enroll in any non-MLSP during Year 4.
  5. No part-time enrollment option is currently available for the Professional (Year 4) of the MLS Program.

Suggested Plan of Study for the MMLS Professional Masters Degree

Notes for the MMLS Professional Masters Degree:

  1. Liberal Education courses are waived due to the previous degree.
  2. All science and foundation courses must be completed prior to entering the professional year of the program.
  3. Due to the intensity of the MLS curriculum schedule, students are not allowed to enroll in any non-MLSP during the program.
  4. A part-time enrollment option is available after consultation with the faculty advisor.
  5. International Applicants: the MMLS Professional Masters Degree has been approved to accept international students on an F1 visa. Applicants with other visa types should contact [email protected] for further information on admission eligibility.