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Graduate Degrees

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at IU School of Medicine provides advanced training for graduate students, including a PhD in Pathology and Master of Science degree programs in laboratory science, experimental pathology and pathologists’ assistant.

Careers of Research-Based Degree Graduates

Pathology MS and PhD graduates readily find employment after training at IU School of Medicine. The combination of research and clinical skills acquired by students in these programs is highly desirable in many environments.

After completing graduate-level training at IU School of Medicine in a research-based Master’s program through the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Science, approximately one third of students continue on with their studies in PhD programs or in professional schools such as medicine or dentistry. An additional third use their science education in positions as researchers in settings of medically related industry, such as pharmaceuticals and diagnostic products. The remaining third use their Master’s education in clinical positions in hospital or other diagnostic or research laboratories as laboratory supervisors, educators or research and development specialists.

PhD graduates have been evenly divided between teaching and research careers in academic settings and research careers in medically-related industry.

Graduate Degree Programs

 Master of Science Degrees

Master of Science Degrees

The master’s level graduate programs of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offer considerable flexibility to accommodate students with various backgrounds and career interests. This degree is offered in three tracks: laboratory science, experimental pathology and pathologists’ assistant.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pathology

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pathology

A research-based PhD program in Pathology is available through the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Admitted students take a common curriculum of didactic courses and rotate in various research laboratories. Selection of a research laboratory at the end of the first academic year determines the student's degree department.

Part-time Study

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.

Transfer Credit

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.