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Overview Admissions Program Outcomes Essential Program Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Admissions

The MLS certificate is a competitive program open to students who have completed a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular and cell biology, or a related subject from an accredited institution. Applications are due by February 1st for a start date the following January but may be accepted until the program start date on a space-available basis. The program is limited to a maximum of 24 students per year (combined undergraduate and certificate program students).

Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?

You may complete the first semester courses on a part-time basis. However, due to the nature of laboratory courses and clinical rotations, you must enroll in the program full-time beginning in your second semester.

General Admission Requirements

The admissions committee will be looking for the following when evaluating your application:

  1. Prerequisite Science courses (overall science GPA of 2.7 or better is considered competitive)
    • 2 semesters of General Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Statistics
    • Math (pre-calculus or higher)
    • Microbiology
    • Genetics
    • Immunology
    • Anatomy & Physiology strongly suggested
  2. Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution
  3. Clarity of written communication
  4. Quality of References
  5. Overall GPA of 3.0 required by the UConn Graduate School for admission (2.6 GPA is considered provisional)

Additionally, though not required, the following may enhance your application:

  1. Optional Interview with the Program Director - While not required, a personal interview with the Program Director prior to submitting your application is recommended. This is especially true if you have an overall GPA under 3.0. Students with lower GPAs who demonstrate commitment to their studies and the potential for success in the field will be reviewed on an individual basis.