MS Laboratory Science Track

The Master’s degree curriculum for Laboratory Science is a research-based program that allows students to focus in an area of pathology, such as clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, diagnostic immunoserology, molecular diagnostics, cytotechnology, and others. The program seeks to increase the student’s background knowledge within a particular field and to prepare the individual for conducting investigative work in applied laboratory science. Graduates are primed for positions involving clinical teaching, laboratory supervision, and research and development.

The Laboratory Science master’s program is suggested for clinical laboratory scientists, cytotechnologists, and others who have a strong background and interest in laboratory sciences. Previous work experience in a hospital clinical pathology laboratory as a clinical laboratory scientist or cytotechnologist is desirable but not required.


A curriculum of basic science courses is designed and personalized for each student, depending on his/her area of interest and experience. Courses may be selected from graduate courses offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or by other IUPUI and IU School of Medicine basic science departments. Listings of courses required, or available as electives, are appropriate for various areas of specialization are shown in the Sample Curricula.

Specific research projects for each student are determined after completion of the first full semester of course work. The student’s area of interest and the availability of a suitable research advisor are considered in this choice. Degree completion involves submission of a bound research thesis or publication of the research in a respected, peer-reviewed journal in the appropriate field. Recent thesis and dissertation titles from the MS Laboratory Science and the Experimental Pathology programs may be accessed in Recent Thesis and Dissertation Titles.

Prerequisite Courses

To qualify for this program, students must have one year (two semesters) of general chemistry with lab (this may be quantitative and qualitative), at least one semester of organic chemistry with lab, and a college-level math course. Recommended but not required courses include biology, anatomy, human physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, physics, statistics, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry.

Program Requirements

To graduate from this program with a Master of Science degree in Pathology, Laboratory Science Track, students must complete a total of 30 credits hours, of which at least 21 are course credits. Students must also complete six to nine credits hours in research, a graduate-level biochemistry course and the Graduate Student Seminar C808 (1-2 credits). A research project resulting in a thesis or a publication in a respected journal in the field is also required.


Applications are accepted starting in the fall of the year before desired entry into the program. Well-qualified applicants may be invited for interviews starting in February or later. This process continues until available positions are filled. An application deadline of April 1 is suggested, but later applications may be accepted if positions remain open.

Experimental Pathology Track

The Master’s degree track for Experimental Pathology is designed for students with an interest in basic research, preparing for careers as research scientists in a subspecialty area of pathology.

Pathologists’ Assistant Track

Using a standardized 22-month curriculum, the Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant Track focuses on the responsibilities of a pathologist assistant, including gross surgical pathology, frozen section preparation and autopsy pathology.