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MS in Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease

MS in Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease

MS in Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease

The Master's Program in Pathology is intended for students with a background in the biological or chemical sciences, typically a bachelors or baccalaureate degree, who are interested in pursuing advanced coursework in the basis of disease. This coursework may be useful for those interested in pursuing a professional doctoral degree (e.g. M.D., D.O., D.D.S., or D.M.D.) or other health professions degree, since the core curriculum and electives include many topics of medical relevance, including histology, gross anatomy, pathology, cancer and immunology. The time of matriculation in the Program is flexible; a typical time to degree is anticipated to be 4 semesters, although completion in ~13 months, including an intensive summer course in Anatomy, is possible. The course of study will be determined by the student, their Academic advisor, and the Graduate Program Committee and will consist of 30 credit hours of course work. Elective opportunities include independent study in basic research, clinical research or clinical observerships in Clinical and/or Anatomic Pathology. Eligibility for clinical observership opportunities include specific background prerequisites and are subject to availability and clinical schedules. Graduates of the Program can pursue opportunities in basic or clinical research, teaching, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, or government. While the Master's may be a terminal degree, it may also lead to admission to M.D. or Ph.D. programs.

Description of Program

Students will earn a Plan B Masters from Case Western Reserve University. The degree program is comprised of core courses in Pathology with elective course work from related disciplines, a course on research ethics, attendance of the departmental seminar series, and a comprehensive final project in the form of a review paper that will ideally be suitable for publication. The topic of the review paper will be determined by the student and their academic advisor. The core of the Program is geared toward providing the student a solid basis in cell biology and pathology. This begins with courses in histology and cell & molecular biology (Anat 412/413 and Path 475) followed by courses in basic pathology and immunology (Path 510 and Path 416). After the first year the student can specialize by choosing electives in their area of interest. In the final semester the student will register for 3 credits of Path 650 while writing their paper. An advisor for the paper should be identified by mutual interest during the first year.

Admission Criteria

Applicants will be screened by the Pathology Department Admissions Committee. Students will be required to supply a GRE or MCAT score, a transcript, three letters of recommendation and an application essay that details the student's interest in the Program. Students will be interviewed on campus or via electronic media (i.e. FaceTime or Skype). Although there are no set requirements, successful applicants would be expected to have an MCAT > 500, GRE verbal > 150 and GRE quantitative > 150, and an undergraduate GPA around 3.0. Applications will be accepted throughout the year with deadlines of July 15th for the Fall semester, December 1st for the Spring semester, and May 1st for the Summer term. Prospective students who require a U.S. visa are advised to submit their application at least 2 months in advance of these deadlines.

To apply, please visit application website.

Questions? Please contact:
Pamela Wearsch, PhD
MS Program Director


Financial aid will not be provided by the Department. Students may apply for financial aid through the federal government.