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Eligibility Requirements

Please note: as of September 2022 this program is no longer offered to new students and applications are not accepted. The information on this page remains for reference only.

To participate in the molecular biotechnology master's degree program, you must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a life science (e.g., biochemistry, biology, cell biology, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, molecular biosciences, etc.) and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

This includes those working towards completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application. All degree requirements must be completed before enrolling in the program.


  • General chemistry (two semesters)
  • Organic chemistry lecture and laboratory (at least one semester)
  • Biochemistry (one semester)
  • Genetics (one semester)
  • Cell biology (one semester)
  • Calculus (one semester)
  • Physics (one semester)

Grade Point Average

Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission on probationary or provisional status.

Graduate Record Examination

Applications cannot be completely processed until KU Medical Center has received GRE scores. Use institution code 6895 to have an official copy of GRE scores sent directly to KU Medical Center. The general exam must have been taken within the last two (2) years and include verbal, quantitative and analytical scores. A subject test is not required.

Essential Health and Physical Requirements

Because graduates of the Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology program must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of research environments, including academic, industrial and clinical settings, students must be able to meet the program's technical standards.

Students that require accommodations can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at KU Medical Center.

All students are required to carry health insurance. KU Medical Center offers a health insurance policy for eligible students. Selected for the Kansas Board of Regents institutions by the State of Kansas, this plan is offered through Student Health Services at KU Medical Center and is underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources. For additional health enrollment requirements, visit the KU Medical Center Student Health page.

Vaccine and Clinical Site Requirements

Matriculated students will need to provide an immunization profile prior to participating in curricular and/or clinical experiences required by the program. Please read the information found at the bottom of the program's curriculum page and be sure that you understand these requirements.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide KU Medical Center with a background check report. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to provide information and make payment once accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.


Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation are required for international students to become eligible for KU Medical Center programs. Please review the information for international applicants before applying.

International applicants must have international transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service that will provide a course-by-course evaluation of their degree including a grade and credit-hour equivalency. This is needed to facilitate the transfer of specific courses into the degree requirements of the clinical laboratory science degree program. KU accepts transcript evaluations evaluated by World Education Services OR Educational Credential Evaluators.

Please note: transcripts and grades earned outside the U.S. must be evaluated, even if classes were taught in English and the transcript is written in English.

English Language Proficiency

English language requirements apply to any student who is not currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Earning a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where the language of instruction is English may not exempt students from this requirement, except when a bachelor's degree (or higher) is earned from an institution in one of the following countries: United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking provinces in Canada.

Proof of English language proficiency will be assessed through a personal interview, the personal goals statement, or through other methods. The TOEFL or IELTS testing systems may also be required.

Advising and Questions

Eric Elsinghorst, Ph.D., MPH, MLS(ASCP)CMMBCM
Program Director and Graduate Director

Advising and campus visits are available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email for information.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Clinical Laboratory Science
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