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Master of Science

About the Program

Whether you’re interested in tackling disease from the bench or the bedside, Case Western Reserve University’s Master of Science in Pathology program will prepare you with the skills you need. Our flexible program allows you to adapt the curriculum to fit your interests and career goals while learning from world-renowned faculty. Small classes and intensive career advising are just a few of the other ways we prioritize your growth and success.

What to Expect

In 16 months or less, you’ll earn your master’s with a specialty in healthcare or in research. Our program includes a wide variety of course options such as immunology, cancer biology, neurodegeneration, and pathology. 

Our faculty—who are recognized internationally for their expertise—play a large role in student success. Beyond coursework, a faculty member will mentor you for your final project and advise you on publishing it in an academic journal. Our students go on to medical school, residency programs, PhD programs, and careers in the biotech industry. 

A part-time Master of Science in Pathology is also available to lab technicians at CWRU.

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Beyond the Classroom

You’ll have the chance to pursue your interests through independent study in basic research as well as through observerships in clinical pathology.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was founded over 175 years ago and, over that time, has built strong relationships with distinguished hospital systems. Our collaboration with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, a top teaching hospital, offers hands-on research opportunities for our master's students students. 

This can lead to research grants and career opportunities in a field about which you’re passionate—so you can go on to effect positive change in the world.

By the Numbers


university for contributions to innovation, Nature Index Innovation



medical school for biomedical and health sciences, Leiden World Ranking


medical school for research, U.S. News & World Report


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months or less from start to finish

Admissions Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

You’ll need:

  • Online application, including a personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Current resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcripts for all past academic institutions
  • Test scores for GRE, MCAT, or USMLE (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International students: Test scores from one of the following: TOEFL (minimum score of 100), IELTS (minimum score of 7.0), or PET Academic (minimum score of 68); exemptions available.
  • For CWRU employees, a formal application must be submitted to the graduate school. Prior to submission of this application, the employee, the supervisor, and the Chair of the Pathology Graduate Program Committee must meet to review and facilitate the student's application for admission.

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