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The PhD Area Program in Pathobiology is university-wide and staffed by faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine (Veterinary Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery), School of Medicine (Pathology and Anatomical Science, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry), College of Arts and Science (Biological Sciences), and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (Biochemistry, Animal Sciences).

Degrees Offered

Pathobiology (Veterinary Pathobiology), Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: n/a

  • Minimum GRE score: GRE scores are required for most applicants (See professional students below). There is no minimum score for acceptance, but the committee uses GRE scores as an evaluative tool for admissions
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Designated faculty mentor
  • Professional students with a DVM degree who had successfully completed graduate-level course work at a College or University within the United States may be eligible to waive the GRE. A qualifying examination administered by the doctoral committee may be required for admittance.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Pathobiology Area Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (can be submitted through the Graduate Studies online application as well)
  • GRE scores (required)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of support from mentor
  • Resume or CV

Pathobiology (Pathology and Anatomical Sciences), Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences offers Doctoral (PhD) degrees with focus areas in Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, Integrative Anatomy, and Translational Bioinformatics through the Pathobiology Area Program.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Applications for admissions have to be submitted by January 15th for Fall semester matriculation. Applications are not reviewed at other times.

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal + Quantitative
GRE325

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Pathobiology Area Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required. Provide these names and contact information for each in the “Recommendation Provider List”.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • At least one writing sample (e.g., publications, proposals, upper-level course term papers, thesis, etc.)
  • GRE score (optional)
  • TOEFL/IELTS score (if international)

Important: When registering online, choose the following options.

  • For “Admissions Category”, choose Doctorate- On Campus.
  • For “Academic Program”, choose one of the following options:
    • Pathobiology Area Program/Integrative Anatomy Focus (PhD)
    • Pathobiology Area Program/Pathology & Anatomical Sciences Focus (PhD)
    • Pathobiology Area Program/Translational Bioinformatics Focus (PhD)