Pathology, MS

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The MS program in pathology prepares postbaccalaureate science majors for a range of biomedical careers. Graduate-level coursework provides students with a foundation in cellular and molecular biology, as well as specialized knowledge in pathobiology. A laboratory-intensive thesis project equips trainees with cutting-edge research skills. Students typically complete the program in two and one-half years.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate subject matter expertise in basic cell and molecular biology, biostatistics, and pathobiology/mechanisms of human disease;
  • understand and apply scientific methods allowing for the appropriate development and testing of hypotheses, problem solving, and utilization of current literature and contemporary laboratory approaches;
  • understand and apply the need to conduct research using a team-based approach, including ongoing input from the thesis mentor and committee as well as peers within the laboratory and departmental environment;
  • understand and apply the key principles of carrying out research and interpreting results using the highest ethical standards; and
  • acquire the ability to effectively communicate research goals, approaches, and results using both written and oral means.