Application Process

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Candidates are selected on a competitive basis each year for the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic. The program is 10.5 months. It begins the first week of July and concludes the fourth Thursday in May.

How to apply

Students from affiliated institutions should apply for the 3+1 program offered at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Students applying for the 4+1 program should apply using this process:

  1. Online application. Complete the online Application for Admission. After you create an account or log in, select Application for Admission. Do not select Lite Application. Choose the following:

    • Site: Rochester
    • Program type: Medical Laboratory Science
    • Program name: Medical Laboratory Science Program
    • Start date for which you are applying: First week of July

    Within the online application, please submit two letters of recommendation.

    A nonrefundable $50 application fee, payable with credit card, is required through the ApplyYourself website.

  2. Official transcripts. Rochester campus applicants should submit official transcripts to:

    • Medical Laboratory Science Program
      • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
        200 First St. SW
        Rochester, MN 55905
  3. Deadlines. Applications are accepted beginning Aug. 1. The application deadline is typically Feb. 1, but is subject to change depending on how quickly the program slots are filled. The program uses a rolling admissions process.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to be considered.

    Due to an inordinately high number of applications this cycle, the application deadline will be Dec. 15, 2016.

  4. Interviews and acceptance. Each application is carefully reviewed by a selection committee. Candidates are evaluated based on academic performance, written and verbal communication, interview, letters of recommendation, and knowledge of the profession. Individuals considered for an appointment are invited to interview.

    The interview process includes a behavioral panel interview followed by individual faculty interviews. It includes a tour of the facilities and typically lasts about three to four hours. Payment of the $250 slot-retention fee is required upon acceptance into the program.

Feb. 28, 2017