Length and Costs of Program

Length of Program

The MDS program is a 2-year program. Students start and finish the program as a cohort. In the event that a student can not complete the courses in this time frame, the student will have up to 4 years to complete all the courses and receive the Master’s Degree. Because of the cohort nature of the MDS program, part time students will not be accepted; however, students accepted for Route 3 will be given 3 years to complete the program.

Cost of Attendance

The tuition for the MDS program is established by the university and can be found on the Finance Division website: http://finance.unc.edu/saur/student-account-services/tuition-and-fees/
Scroll down to "Charges for Attendance" and click on the current academic year. The tuition for the MDS program is found toward the end of the document under Off-campus programs, Allied Health Sciences, Master of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (MCLS).

In addition to tuition, fees, and books, students will incur costs including:

  • Application fee: There is a non-refundable $85.00 application fee.
  • Enrollment Deposit: There is a $200 enrollment fee for students who are accepted into the MDS program. The enrollment fee is applied to the fall semester tuition. The enrollment fee is not refundable.
  • Other costs: Travel to Chapel Hill, lodging, and meals for attending week-long sessions will be the student’s responsibility. Living expenses and costs of re-locating to attend the clinical rotation will be borne by the student. Students in certain states may incur authorization fees (see below).

Important Information for Students Residing in Another State

Federal student aid programs require that higher education institutions must be authorized by state regulators.  As of 2014, the Education Department requires states to also authorize institutions providing online education to students who are residents.  Some states require a per-student fee for this authorization.

Currently all UNC Chapel Hill Distance Education programs are authorized, registered, or exempt from registration in the following states:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Maine
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
NewJersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

If you reside in any of the following states you may be required to pay additional state authorization fees should you enroll in our program:

Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Oregon
Tennessee

We are not currently able to accept students from:

Arkansas