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Part-time study in research-based pathology degree programs, although not recommended, is permitted. Many students choose this option due to financial and personal issues that preclude them from studying full-time. University guidelines mandate that all course work for the MS be completed within five years prior to graduation, and all course work for the PhD be completed within seven years of the doctoral qualifying examination. It is possible to meet these requirements through part-time study. One semester of full-time enrollment is required for the MS, and two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment are required for the PhD.
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine routinely accepts graduate-level science course credits earned by the student before admission to the program. At IUPUI, students enroll under a status called “Graduate Non-Degree,” while other universities may have another name for this status. The number of credits that may be earned under this status is limited by the University, and completion of courses under this status does not guarantee admission to a Pathology graduate program.