Street view of the Wolstein Research Building

When to Apply?

Applications are accepted throughout the year for admission for the Spring, Summer, or Fall academic terms. The start dates for 2022 are:

  • Spring semester: January 10
  • Summer term: June 6
  • Fall semester: August 29

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year; priority and final deadlines for each academic term are noted below.

Once all required materials are received, admission decisions are communicated within 2 weeks.

** For each academic term, there is a separate deadline for International applicants who require a new US visa. This is necessary to ensure adequate time for immigration.

Spring 2022 Apply by
Priority Admission Deadline October 1
International applicants** October 1
Final Deadline November 1


Summer 2022 Apply by
Priority Admission Deadline February 15
International applicants** February 15
Final Deadline April 1


Fall 2022 Apply by

Priority Admission Deadline

May 15

International applicants** May 15
Final Deadline July 1

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.  The accepted exams and minimum scores are:
    • TOEFL (100)
    • IELTS (7.0)
    • PTE-Academic (68)
    • Exemptions are 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 at
  • 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