Healthcare Career Track
Designed for the following career paths:
- Medical school
- US residency programs
- Dental school
- 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
Pamela Wearsch, PhD
MS Program Director
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.
Students will earn a Plan B Master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Degree requirements: 30 credits plus a final project
Final project: A faculty-mentored review paper that will ideally be suitable for publication. This project is pursued during the final two semesters, as the literature-based research and paper writing require significant effort.
Core course requirements:
- Cellular and Molecular Biology (Heathcare track: PATH 475, 3 credits, or Research track: CBIO 455/453; Fall, 6 credits)
- Basic Pathologic Mechanisms (PATH 510; 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 (3-4 semesters). A part-time program and an accelerated 12-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
|Our customized curriculum allows you to design a course of study that best fits your academic needs and career goals.|
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|Our faculty are internationally-recognized for their expertise in Cancer Biology, Immunology, and Neurodegeneration.|
|Our program offers extensive opportunities for research at a top-25 medical center that will help you advance your career.|
|Small classes, MCAT prep, and intensive career advising are just a few of the ways that we prioritize your growth and success.|
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
- All international students must take one of the following English proficiency exams and achieve a minimum score: TOEFL (minimum score = 100), IELTS (minimum score = 7.0), or PET Academic (minimum score = 68).
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: June 15th
- Spring semester: November 20th
- Summer term: April 20th
To apply, please visit the application website.
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.