MLT-to-MLS – Prerequisite Courses

The information below applies to the Fall 2024 admission cycle.

The prerequisites listed on this page are for the online MLT-to-MLS Degree Completion program only.  For the on-campus Traditional program’s prerequisite requirements, please click here.

The following 75 credit hours of courses are required to graduate from the MLT-to-MLS program. Applicants must have at least 60 hours of these courses, including all 28 hours of science courses, by the application deadline to be accepted into the MLT-to-MLS program. Any remaining outstanding courses must be completed before enrollment in the last semester of the MLT-MLS program, preferably two semesters before the student’s anticipated graduation. Students who start the program with outstanding prerequisites are only eligible to complete the four- or five-semester tracks.

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Credits
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication*
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
College Algebra, Statistics, or higher-level mathematics3
Biological/Health Science/Chemistry/MLT Courses28
Fine Arts***
Music, Art, Theater3
Philosophy, Literature, History, Political Science or Humanities
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Political Science or History6

*An additional Fine Arts/Humanities course may be substituted for Speech Communication.

**Science requirements must meet current MLT(ASCP) eligibility criteria.

***The Fine Arts requirement cannot be fulfilled with a studio course. An additional Humanities course may be substituted for Fine Arts.

****Humanities requirements may be selected from the courses in the subject areas of philosophy, political science, literature and the humanities.  The course in National Government, if selected to meet the US History/National Government requirement, cannot also be used to meet the Humanities requirement in Political Science.  Acceptable courses in literature must be broad survey courses.

*****Students who have graduated from a NAACLS MLT program and have ASCP MLT certification, but do not have the required hours of science, may request to substitute up to 20 hours of science credits with additional general electives. A minimum of eight hours of science courses with labs will still be required.

AP/IB/CLEP credit for math requirements are acceptable if the transferring institution has given equivalent credit for the courses at their institution.