Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

Advanced Master's Program

Students with a BS or a post-baccalaureate certificate in biotechnology, cytogenetic technology, cytotechnology or medical laboratory sciences, who are seeking leadership positions in laboratory management, education and research can earn an advanced MS in bioscience technologies, through either full- or part-time study. (Other laboratory professionals may be eligible, based on training and experience.) The Program is tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals.

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Application Deadlines

May 15th: International Students
August 1st: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with Current F-1 Visas

International Students

International applicants who are coming from abroad or who are in the U.S. on a non-F-1 visa are strongly encouraged to submit their admission application by May 15th to ensure enough time to complete the visa process. We still accept and review international applications after May 15th, but may need to defer the application to a later start term due to the visa application timeline.

Additional information for applying as an International Student.

Note: International applicants who are currently in the U.S. studying in F-1 status with another school have until August 1st to submit their admission application.

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with Current F-1 Visas

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students in current F-1 status must submit their admission application by August 1st.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades, and Waitlist.


Students are eligible for this program if they have completed a baccalaureate degree in the field of Biotechnology, Cytotechnology or Medical Laboratory Science, only. 

Students completing a baccalaureate degree in a field other than the three areas listed above, are not eligible for the Advanced MS and are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated Professional MS.

Questions about Prerequisites can be directed to 215-503-8890 or


Students are required to have a Bachelor's degree in the field of Biotechnology, Cytotechnology or Medical Laboratory Science.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program.

Technical Standards of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology are:

  • Ability to observe and participate in classroom exchanges, demonstrations, experiments and other learning venues in the applicable laboratory discipline or in interdisciplinary didactic and clinical settings.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, solve problems and reach interpretive judgments.
  • Sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, somatic sensation and motor movement necessary to learn and perform applicable laboratory procedures and associated data management in the classroom, clinical or research setting.
  • Ability to communicate electronically, in writing and verbally with faculty, other students and professional colleagues with accuracy, clarity, efficiency and timeliness.
  • Sufficient cognitive and physical ability to comply with physical, chemical and biohazard precautions.

The technical standards of the Department do allow for the use of an assistive device (or devices), program time extensions or other forms of support necessary to accomplish the requirements of the program. Such accommodation must be requested in a timely manner, and must be documented, reasonable, appropriate and available to the Department and/or the student.

Application Process

Create an account by visiting our applicant portal, TJAPP.  Follow the directions to complete the application.

For application related questions, please visit TJAPP Instructions and FAQ's.

Application Fee

Submit the $50 application fee to TJAPP.

Official Transcripts

Submit official post-secondary transcripts, and if applicable, international evaluations directly to TJAPP:

P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from WES.

Personal Statement/Essay

  • Describe a current ethical or moral healthcare issue and explain how it may change or affect the role of healthcare practitioners in your desired profession.


  • Describe a situation you have encountered in the past that required you to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Based on that experience, explain how you might resolve a similar issue in your desired healthcare profession.

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required by TJAPP for application completion.

Students will need to provide the name and email address of recommenders during time of application. TJAPP will email a recommendation form directly to the references.  References return the recommendation form directly to TJAPP, not the student. 

If you have letters of recommendation previously written for you by a reference, contact your counselor directly.

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to Thomas Jefferson University at the following address:

130 South 9th St.
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Contact Us

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890