MS in Pathology (Molecular & Cellular Basis of Disease)

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Customize your course of study
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Healthcare Career Track

Preparation for:

  • Medical school
  • US residency programs
Research Career Track

Preparation for:

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

Pamela Wearsch, PhD

MS Program Director

A post-baccalaureate program for those who want to cure disease .... from the bench or the bedside.

Our students receive a strong foundation in Molecular & Cell Biology plus one or more of the following concentration areas: Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neurodegeneration, Cancer Biology, or Pathology.

Who should apply?

The Molecular & Cellular Basis of Disease program is designed for students who are pursuing a professional doctoral degree (MD, DO, PhD), placement in US residency programs, or employment in the biotech industry.

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.

How does the program work?

Degree requirements (30 credits):

  • Required Courses: Cellular and Molecular Biology (4-6 credits) and Basic Pathologic Mechanisms (4 credits)
  • Elective Courses: Immunology, Infectious Disease, Cancer Biology, Neurodegeneration, Histology, and many more
  • Final project: A faculty-mentored review paper that will ideally be suitable for publication

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

Time-to-degree: The standard program is 16 months (3 semesters). An accelerated program, which includes the summer term, can be completed in 12 months. Part-time study is also available.

Extracurricular activities include independent study in basic research as well as observerships in Clinical Pathology. Eligibility for clinical observerships is contingent upon background prerequisites (medical degree) and is 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.
Learn from the experts
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.
Professional development
Small classes, MCAT prep, and intensive career advising are just a few of the ways that we prioritize your growth and success.

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