Graduate Study

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 December 15.

[2019 Path Expo student winners and faculty mentors]

Award winners from the 2019 Voss Graduate Student Research Expo and their faculty mentors: back row: faculty members Dan Rock, William Witola, Som Nanjappa, Rebecca Smith, Keith Jarosinski, and Gee Lau, director of graduate studies, and student Lee Ann Lyons; front row:  students Sushil Khatiwada, Srinivasu Mudalagiriyappa, Xuejin Zhang, Andrea Krieter, Widaliz Vega-Rodriguez, and interim department head Dr. Carol Maddox.

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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