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The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences in the School of Medicine, along with the department of Veterinary Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, offers a PhD degree through the Pathobiology Area Program (optional focus in Integrative Anatomy). Faculty also participate in other doctoral programs such as the Integrative Neuroscience Program, Genetics Area Program, and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology. The MS degree is designed primarily to prepare students for supervisory roles in basic-science and clinical laboratories, and to offer greater in-depth study in pathology and anatomical sciences concurrent with studies leading to the PhD and/or MD degree.

Degrees Offered

Pathobiology Area Program Doctorate (PhD)

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 TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
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

Master of Science in Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

On Campus

Admission to candidacy in the master’s program is limited to those who hold at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or University.

Preference will be given to students with a college GPA of 3.5 or higher, GRE scores (verbal + analytical) over 325, and strong letters of recommendation.

Each candidate for the master’s degree is required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at the 8000 or 9000 level and maintain a B or better GPA in graduate course work, with no more than 12 hours of research, problems, seminars or special investigations.

Candidates also must satisfactorily complete a thesis.  A candidate is expected to demonstrate knowledge of clinical and/or research techniques and to defend the thesis.

Faculty members advise students regarding their program of study and thesis research.  A list of graduate faculty eligible to supervise MS students is available on the departmental website.

Required courses and those of special interest should complement the student’s academic background and career objectives.

Admission Criteria

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

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 2011
On or after August 1, 2011325

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
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 Pathology and Anatomical Sciences Program

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

  • All required Office of Graduate Studies and PAS documents, such as transcripts, GRE scores (Pathology [code 0215] or Anatomy [code 0201]), TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required; code 6875). Although the MU Office of Graduate Studies does not require GRE scores, these scores are required for programs within PAS.
  • 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.)
  • Important: When registering online, choose the following options:
    • For “Admissions Category”: choose Masters- On Campus
    • For “Program of Interest”: choose Pathology and Anatomical Sciences (MS)