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Applied Biosciences (PSM) - Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences  
Program Description

NOTE: The name of this subplan or track of the PSM in Applied Biosciences GIDP has been changed to: DIAGNOSTICS LABORATORY SCIENCES (DLS).  Prospective students should enroll in DLS subplan or track not MDLS.


The Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences (MDLS) subplan of the PSM in Applied Biosciences GIDP is designed to prepare student for professional careers in the laboratory medicine or the biosciences surrounding in vitro devices (IVDs), a term used to describe diagnostic laboratory test methods regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Graduates will be eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical and scientific disciplines, including the diagnostics and pharmaceutical industries, bioindustry, clinical and translational research units, and government agencies. Emphasis topics may include development of laboratory management skills, acumen in the legal and business environment of laboratory medicine, compliance to federal regulations for healthcare or the diagnostic industry, or knowledge of the in vitro device processes and regulations. The track requires an internship in a medical laboratory, diagnostic or translational research environment, university compliance programs for industry-funded research, or one of the associated bioscience companies.

Students will work closely with faculty in the College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology who oversee all aspects of Laboratory Medicine. These faculty direct translational research programs, collaborating with diagnostic bioindusty research partners to develop novel testing methods for disease detection, as well as basic science research programs that investigate mechanisms of disease, characterization of diseases such as cancer and infections, or disease interventions such as vaccines and antitoxins.

In addition, some of the Pathology faculty also oversee hospital laboratories and clinical laboratory scientists who perform diagnostic testing in hospitals and clinics. If students are motivated toward this type of career, they may discuss options with their faculty mentors to couple their PSM degree with courses in the Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) program at the University of Arizona. CLS are key members of the healthcare system who are board-certified to practice diagnostic laboratory medicine, upon which over 80% of all medical diagnoses are made. Despite their increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease, national predictions indicate a 10% shortfall in qualified CLS in Arizona and across the United States. As members of one of the largest industries in the US, CLS jobs are abundant, but are vacant due to nationwide shortages. Shortages are growing each year and are detrimental to healthcare and the medical diagnostics industry, which demands quality and professional accountability. Should a student pursue both ABS-PSM and CLS educational options, such certified individuals will be eligible for employment as medical laboratory professionals anywhere in the US and many countries abroad; as this expertise is a recognized, and often a legal requirement for medical testing related to human health and disease. Employment is widely available and compensation is competitive. The program also offers entry to post-other graduate degrees in laboratory medicine, medicine, and biosciences that provide opportunities for career development and management or post-graduate level jobs in healthcare and industry with attractive compensations. For more information, refer to


Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Maria-Lourdes Myers
Graduate Program Coordinator
Maria-Lourdes Myers
Director of Graduate Studies
Istvan Molnar
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements


Students who wish to apply to the PSM degree in Applied Biosciences must have the minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree with a major in an area of biosciences from an accredited institution.

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA

  • A desire to pursue a professional career in the applied biosciences.

Admissions Process

Students should apply directly to the specific track in the program they wish to pursue. The application should be submitted online (only) via the Graduate College website ( Be prepared to submit the following materials:

  • Scans of all transcripts (official versions will be requested if you are selected for admission)

  • GRE scores (recommended but not required; general test only)

  • TOEFL scores (required if you are not a native speaker of English)

  • GPAs for all undergraduate work

  • A one to two page statement of interests, which outlines your background (including any professional experience) and your professional goals.

You should separately arrange with two references (typically former or current professors or work supervisors) who can comment on your skills, training and potential for the PSM in Applied Biosciences.  You will need to include their names and email addresses in your online application

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
Required GRE Subject tests: general test only

Minimum GRE Verbal: 130-170, in 1 point increments
Minimum GRE Quantitative:  130-170, in 1 point increments
Minumum GRE Written: 0-6, in half point increments
Minimum MAT:
Minimum TOEFL:  79 internet based  (IBT) 550 paper based (PB) required for international students or
Minimum IELTS:   7 (no subject area below a 6) for international students
Minimum Pearson PTE Academic: 60
Minimum Minimum CEPT:   110 on Full Academic test for international students

For more information on the English Proficiency requirement, please click here



Financial Aid

There is no funding support directly available from this program. 

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day  March 31
  • Spring: Month day  August 31

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day    March 31
  • Spring: Month day   August 31
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The ABS PSM program is designed specifically to prepare students to competitively enter the scientific workforce. During the two-year course of study, students will gain a strong understanding of the applications of the biological sciences to real world problems, including those faced by public institutions and private industry. A minimum of 36 unit hours is needed for this degree; 6-9 of these units are for the research internship and report. Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete the degree. Students may apply for, and be admitted to, any of the 4 tracks (“sub-plans”). Each track has its own specific core requirements and electives


All Tracks have the following general structure.

Science Module...................................................15 Units

Professional Preparation Module.............................12 Units

Internship Module (including the Final Report)..........9 Units

Total.................................................................36 Units

For new students, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of your track for advice in the selection of your first semester courses.

For more detailed information on all other official academic requirements, policies and procedures of the program are outlined in the Current ABS-PSM Student Handbook  (PDF) 

Administrative policies are outlined in the program bylaws here.


Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 06 Nov 2019