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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

Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, Master of Science

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

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 Pathology and Anatomical Sciences 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 Masters- On Campus.
  • For “Academic Program”, choose Pathology and Anatomical Sciences (MS).

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)