Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine

Admissions & Application

Application Deadline

The application must be completed using the AHCAS system. We recommend that you contact the MSTM program director (LeeAnn Walker – for program information and requirements before beginning the application process.

Application Deadline for SBB certified individuals who completed an accredited SBB program within the past 5 years

  • Summer semester deadline: March 1st

Application Deadline for SBB certified individuals who attained SBB certification through the experience route

  • Spring semester start date: November 1

Application Deadlines for Non-SBB certified individuals

  • March 1 (for the SBB certificate program)
Admission Requirements
  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, biology, or a related science
  2. Applicants must have successfully passed the SBB(ASCP) exam, after completion of an accredited SBB Program or by the experience route.
  3. Applicants must be currently employed in some aspect of Blood Banking.
  4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the MSTM program.
  5. Three references
  6. International applicants will be considered. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
Prerequisite Courses

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Biological Sciences 18
General Microbiology 14
General Chemistry 18
Mathematics 33

Total Prerequisite Credit Hours: 23

  1. Biological Sciences, General Microbiology and General Chemistry science courses must be for science majors and include laboratories.
  2. The mathematics course must be college algebra or higher.
Evaluation of Eligibility
  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college work, including MT/MLS and SBB training. Transcripts must be provided directly from the college or university that granted credit.
  2. International applicants must submit results of an extended equivalency report from an agency approved by UTMB found on the UTMB International Student Applicant Information web page. You must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent (if an international student).
  3. Prepare a narrative answering the following questions:
    • How did you develop an interest in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine?
    • Why did you apply to the UTMB MSTM program?
    • Detail your SBB training program: Location, year completed, area that you most enjoyed, challenges you faced in the program.
    • Describe your experience with a distance education program. Outline any previous distance education courses you have completed.
    • How will the TRM-MS degree benefit your career goals?
  4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college work, including MT/MLS and SBB training. Transcripts must be provided directly from the college or university that granted credit.
  5. Applicants must also submit the following:
    • Current CV or resume listing all previous experience and education
  6. Applications are reviewed and evaluated upon receipt of all requirements. A numerical system based on grades from undergraduate courses, personal narrative, type and length of experience, references and other miscellaneous items will determine the student's qualification for this program. If the applicant meets the required number of points, he/she will be notified and provided additional information about the UTMB application and enrollment process.
  7. Applicants for the SBB portion of the program will be notified by October 15 if they meet the initial qualification.
  8. After the UTMB application process is initiated, a personal interview will be scheduled by Zoom.
Application Process

To be considered for acceptance into the MSTM Program, the applicant must:

  1. Complete the online UTMB application through AHCAS (submit online).
  2. Provide the information requested for each college or university attended from which you received credit. Ensure that each of these entities will provide official transcripts directly to AHCAS.
    1. Provide official evaluations of foreign college credit from one of the approved evaluation services found on the (UTMB International Student Applicant Information web page).
  3. Attach personal narrative, current resume or CV and 3 professional references.
  4. After application is verified in AHCAS and initial evaluation is completed, you will be notified of eligibility and will receive the supplemental UTMB application. Complete and submit this application as soon as possible.
  5. A remote interview will be scheduled by Zoom at a mutually agreeable time.


International Applicants

Applicants whose tertiary-level education has been completed at international institutions in a non-English speaking country must meet the following requirements, in addition to providing the credentials for their prospective program:

  1. Take and score satisfactorily on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if the native language is not English. A minimum satisfactory score is a total of 550 for the TOEFL PBT (or a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based)) or 6.5 for IELTS; however, TOEFL or IELTS score requirements are one of the many criteria of a student's admission, and the requirement could vary based upon previous education, GPA, and related factors. Test of Spoken English is recommended for applicants to the MS of Transfusion program.
  2. Submit an acceptable English translation with the transcripts if the transcripts are not in English. If the degree is not indicated on transcript, a copy of the diploma and/or certificate issued by the school is required.

A summary of TOEFL Requirements for International Students is available on the UTMB SHP Academic and Student Affairs web page.

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