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Overview Admissions Program Outcomes Essential Program Requirements

Undergraduate Admissions

The MLS undergraduate program is a competitive program open to students in their junior and senior years who have met the general admission (or guaranteed admission) requirements. Students typically apply during the spring semester of their sophomore year for program entry the following fall. Applications are accepted annually beginning in November with a February 1 deadline.

I’m coming in as a freshman and plan to apply to MLS. Which major should I declare?

Students who enter UConn as freshmen with the intention of applying to the MLS program may declare any related major. However, we highly recommend declaring the Allied Health Sciences major to allow for advising within the Department. You'll spend your freshman and sophomore years completing prerequisite courses before applying to the MLS program which will begin in your junior year.

I’m a transfer student. How will my application be reviewed?

Because of limited space in the program, preference is given to current UConn students. Transfer applicants will be reviewed on a space-available basis according to general admission requirements.

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

You may complete the junior-year 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 for your senior year and required summer session.

General Admission Requirements

Note: If you're a current UConn student who came into the University as a freshman, please check the guaranteed admission requirements below to see if you qualify.

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)
    • General Chemistry (CHEM 1127Q & CHEM 1128Q - or - CHEM 1124Q & CHEM 1125Q)
    • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 2241 - or - CHEM 2443 & CHEM 2444)
    • Biochemistry (MCB 2000)
    • Principles of Biology (BIO 1107)
    • Statistics (STAT 1000Q - or - STAT 1100Q)
    • Math - MATH 1060 or higher
  2. Clarity of written communication
  3. Quality of References
  4. Completed all general education requirements
  5. Completed one W course
  6. Overall GPA of 3.0 required for all coursework in the program

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.

Guaranteed Admission Criteria

Applicants who meet the criteria below are guaranteed admission to the MLS undergraduate program. Applicants who do not meet all of these criteria will be reviewed according to the general admission criteria above.

  1. Enter UConn as a freshman
  2. Apply to MLS program within two years of freshman admission
  3. Complete three successive semesters of full-time study of required UConn coursework
  4. Maintain overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Meet all General Admission Requirements (above) and submit program application by the deadline