Applicants for all Master’s-level studies in pathology must have a baccalaureate degree. A science degree in clinical laboratory science (medical technology), cytotechnology, biology, microbiology, or chemistry is preferred. Other degrees are accepted if appropriate biology and chemistry courses were included in the undergraduate curriculum. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4 point system) for math/science is required.
Applicants must complete the online application form and submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (taken within the past five years). The Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants applying for the MS pathologists’ assistant track. For applicants to whom English is not the first language, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination are also required. Applicants must also submit a transcript of all previous undergraduate and other college course work as well as three letters of recommendation.
Details about prerequisites are available on the specific program pages.
The application process for all MS graduate programs in pathology is initiated through the online application service at IUPUI. Hard copy applications are not accepted. The application form, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation may be submitted through the online system. Transcripts and test scores must be sent directly to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Graduate Program Adviser.
Questions about the Pathologists’ Assistant program offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or about the admissions process can be answered by Hollyn Mangione, Academic Coordinator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Questions about the Master of Science program in Laboratory Science can be answered by Nicholas Brehl.
Qualified applicants who are selected for a personal interview with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Admissions Committee will be contacted for scheduling an interview. Upon completion of the interview process, the department’s Admissions Committee makes a recommendation concerning admission.
Applicants are evaluated on 1) past performance that meets the requirements of the Graduate School and those of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (e.g., competitive GPA, acceptable level of performance on GRE), 2) letters of recommendations, 3) applicant’s background and experience, and 4) (for research-based programs) compatibility of the applicant’s needs with available departmental programs and advisors.
Applicants may not be accommodated in the department if all openings are filled, if a suitable program of study is not available, or if a suitable adviser is not available. The admission recommendation from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is forwarded to the IU School of Medicine Graduate Division Admissions Committee. The application is further reviewed and then forwarded to the IUPUI Graduate Office, where the final decision concerning admission is made.
Details about application deadlines are available on the specific program pages.
Fees and Financial Aid
For students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Pathology and Laboratory Science, the charge of $347.14 per credit hour for Indiana residents and $957.70 per credit hour for non-Indiana residents is in effect. There is also a $366.90 General Fee (includes activity fee, technology fee, general services fee, etc.) for each full-time semester ($213.76 for full-time summer session). The six pathologists’ assistant track professional sequence courses each have an additional lab fee of approximately $100 per course. University tuition and fees tend to increase periodically.
Current rates are available through the Office of the IUPUI Bursar. Find the listing for “All Other Graduate Programs” for all pathology graduate programs.
Students need to maintain personal health insurance throughout their graduate study at Indiana University. Costs for health insurance vary, depending on the plan chosen. Expenses for books and course materials vary widely, from $150-$600 per semester.
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine does not offer scholarships, stipends, teaching assistantships, fee waivers, or any other form of financial support for students in M.S. programs. However, full-time MS students are eligible to apply for financial aid through the IUPUI Financial Aid Office.