Master of Science Degree in Pathology

MS Pathologists' Assistant

MS Pathologists’ Assistant trains students to provide the full range of support in anatomic pathology that’s expected of a Pathologist Assistant, including gross surgical pathology, frozen section preparation, and autopsy pathology—all under the direction and supervision of a qualified anatomic pathologist. This program is not research-based, and no thesis is required. The program is designed for individuals holding baccalaureate degrees in various science-related fields (including clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, biology and chemistry) who have an interest in pathology, particularly the anatomic aspect of pathology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Pathologists’ Assistant MS program 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 total cumulative and math/science GPAs 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.

Admission Process

The application process for the Pathologist’s Assistant MS program 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.

Application Process

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, and 3) applicant’s background and experience.

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.

Fees and Financial Aid

Current rates are available through the Office of the IUPUI Bursar. Pathology graduate program fees are listed under “All Other Graduate Programs”. 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.

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 the Pathologist’s Assistant program. However, full-time MS students are eligible to apply for financial aid through the IUPUI Financial Aid Office.