MS in the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease

Customize your course of study
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Healthcare Career Track

Designed for the following career paths:

  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • US residency programs
  • Clinical research
  • Pharmaceutical positions
Research Career Track

Designed for the following career paths:

  • PhD Programs
  • Research positions in pharma or biotech
  • Research positions in academia
Questions? Contact:
Pamela Wearsch

Pamela Wearsch, PhD

MS Program Director

216.368.5059

paw28@case.edu

The MCBD (Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease) Program is designed for students with a background in the biological sciences who are interested in pursuing advanced coursework in the basis of disease. The curriculum offers two tracks (Healthcare or Research) and a variety of courses in the biomedical sciences, allowing students to customize their course of study based on their career path.

The MCBD degree program may be useful for students who are pursuing a professional doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, DDS) or for International Medical Graduates who are seeking placement in US residency programs. Graduates of the MCBD program may also pursue employment opportunities in basic or clinical research, teaching, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, or government.

Program Details

Students will earn a Plan B Master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Degree requirements: 30 credits of coursework plus a final project

Final project: A faculty-mentored review paper that will ideally be suitable for publication

Core course requirements:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology (PATH 475 or CBIO 453/455; Fall; 3-6 credits)
  • Basic Pathologic Mechanisms (PATH 510; Spring; 4 credits)
  • Fundamental Immunology (PATH 416; Spring; 4 credits)

Course electives: Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Histology, Anatomy, Clinical Inquiry, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Neurodegeneration, Research Integrity, and more

Matriculation: Students may begin the program during any academic term (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

Program length: A full-time program is typically completed in 16-21 months (4 semesters, depending on summer enrollment). A part-time program and an accelerated 13-month program are also available.

Elective opportunities include independent study in basic research, clinical research or observerships in Clinical and/or Anatomic Pathology. Eligibility for clinical observership opportunities include specific background prerequisites and are subject to availability.

Advantages of the MCBD MS Program

Flexibility
Our customized curriculum allows you to design a course of study that best fits your academic needs and career goals.
Learn from the experts
Our faculty are internationally-recognized for their expertise in Cancer Biology, Immunology, and Neurodegeneration.
Research
Our program offers extensive opportunities for research at a top-25 medical center that will help you advance your career.
Professional development
Small classes, MCAT prep, and intensive career advising are just a few of the ways that we prioritize your growth and success.

Admission Criteria

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and screened by the Pathology Department Admissions Committee. The required application materials include:

  • Unofficial transcripts for all past academic institutions
  • Score report for one of the following exams: GRE, MCAT, DAT, or USMLE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement that details the applicant's interest in the MS Program
  • International students must also submit a score report for one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL (preferred), IELTS, or PET Academic

Applicants are interviewed by phone or 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 and quantitative > 150, and an undergraduate GPA > 3.0.

Applications are accepted throughout the year with the following deadlines. Prospective students who require a U.S. visa are advised to submit their application at least 2 months in advance of these deadlines.

  • Fall semester: July 15th
  • Spring semester: November 20th
  • Summer term: April 20th

To apply, please visit the application website.

Tuition

Graduate school tuition is billed per credit hour, and the rate is $1882 per credit for the 2018-2019 academic year. For more information, please see the School of Graduate Studies website.

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