Street view of the Wolstein Research Building

When to Apply?

The Admissions Committee invites interested candidates to submit their applications on a rolling basis.  The sooner an application is submitted with all necessary materials, the sooner an admissions decision will be communicated.

Academic Term Submit By*
Summer Term April 15th
Fall Semester July 15th
Spring Semester November 15th

* Prospective students who require a U.S. visa are advised to submit their application at least 2 months in advance of these deadlines.

How to Apply?

The required application materials include:

  • Online Application: Start the online application. The MCBD Program is sponsored by the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine.
  • Transcripts: Submit unofficial transcripts for all colleges or universities attended. Electronic transcripts can also be emailed to
  • Resume/CV: Upload your current resume/CV outlining all science-related work experience and volunteer roles with time frames.  Make sure to highlight any research positions and describe your research projects.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation are required.  Science professors who can attest to your academic or professional experience are recommended over other referees.  The online application will request the referee's contact info for electronic submission.
  • Statement of Purpose:  In one to two pages, address your interest in MCBD Program and how you hope to utilize this MS program in your career path.
  • Test Scores: Upload your GRE, MCAT, USMLE, or DAT score report.
  • International applicants must submit a score report for an English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic).  The minimum scores for MCBD Program admission are:
    • TOEFL (Minimum score = 100)
    • IELTS (Minimum score = 7.0)
    • PTE-Academic (Minimum score = 68)
    • Exemptions are ONLY approved for i) Canadian citizens or ii) applicants who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a US academic institution.  In these circumstances, the English proficiency exam will be waived after the online application has been submitted and reviewed by the admissions committee.
    • For questions regarding this policy, please contact Dr. Wearsch.
  • Application Fee: Pay the $50 application fee to submit your application.

Contact Us

MCBD Program
Department of Pathology

Case Western Reserve University
Wolstein Research Building
2103 Cornell Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216.368.5059