Graduate Study and Residencies

The Pathobiology graduate program is designed to produce leaders in biomedical research and education.

MS and PhD Degrees

The department offers master of science (MS) and PhD degrees. PhD degrees may also be obtained in conjunction with an MD degree (Medical Scholars Program) or a DVM degree (Veterinary Medical Scholars Program).

Combined pathology residency/graduate programs are available in the areas of anatomic, clinical, and zoological pathology for veterinary graduates.

Virtually all students receive tuition waivers and stipends. Graduate students participate in the teaching and research functions of the department.

  • How to Apply

    Applications, submitted with all supplemental materials (personal statement, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and test scores-GRE and, if applicable, TOEFL), and application fee of $70 for U.S. students, and $90 for international students, must be submitted via the Graduate College’s website by January 15.

    [Winners of the 2017 Voss Research Competition at the Graduate Student Expo]

    Winners of the 2017 Voss Research Competition at the Graduate Student Expo: front row, from left: Drs. Dongwan Yoo, William Witola, Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz, Edward Voss, Gee Lau, and Carol Maddox; back row, from left: Jonathan Samuelson, Alycen Lundberg, Maya Scott, Qingzhan Zhang, Jingjun Lin, Jennifer Nickolyn-Martin, and Chi Yong Kim.

    We require a GRE examination score that is not older than five years. Interested applicants with at least 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply.

    The Department of Pathobiology does not request any program-specific questions on the application. All requested documents should be uploaded to the online application. Do not send original documents to our office.

    Additional information about the application process can be found on the Graduate College’s website:

    For more information about graduate study with Pathobiology, please email us.

    International Applicants

    International applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements based on their country of origin. See the list of countries on the Graduate College website.

    International students whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79, TOEFL CBT (computer-based exam) score of 213, or TOEFL PBT score of 550.

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  • Residencies

    The University of Illinois Veterinary Pathology Residency Program is dedicated to training high-quality, motivated individuals to understand and apply mechanisms of disease to develop exceptional clinical skills, work in partnership with other veterinarians and scientists to diagnose, treat, and investigate animal disease, achieve American College of Veterinary Pathologists board certification, and pursue opportunities for further scholarly advancement.

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residencies

    Pathology residency programs are available for those that are graduate veterinarians in the areas of anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. For the anatomic pathology program specializing in zoo animal pathology, see below. These programs are designed to prepare the individual for a career in veterinary pathology and to sit the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) Certification Examination. All residents are enrolled in a combined residency-MS program; the option of a combined residency-PhD program is also available.

    How to Apply

    Application to the anatomic and clinical pathology residency programs is generally due in mid October for positions starting in August of the following year. For the combined master’s or PhD degree, please make an additional application to the University of Illinois Graduate College following the instructions above.

  • Zoological Pathology Residency

    Based in Chicago, the Zoological Pathology Program is a unique collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a number of private and public entities. A three-year combined residency-MS program is offered in conjunction with the Department of Pathobiology but is administered separately and, importantly, has a separate application process from that described above.

    For further information and application instructions, see the Zoological Pathology Program website.

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