Pathologists’ Assistant Program Admissions

Applications for the Master of Science in Pathology, Pathologists’ Assistant Track, at IU School of Medicine are accepted starting in the fall of the year before desired entry into the program (through February 14). Applications are reviewed when received to ensure that the appropriate prerequisite courses have been taken and applicants meet other criteria. In mid-to-late January, the Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications and inviting qualified applicants for interviews. This process continues until available positions are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before mid-January to receive full consideration. Final admission offers are usually announced by April 1.

When completing the online application, prospective students should choose “Pathology M.S” and upload all documents to the application before submitting. Only complete applications will be processed. All documents, including reference responses and transcripts must be received before an application is considered. Students who are currently enrolled in classes should send an updated transcript after their fall semester grades have posted to their transcripts.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this Master’s degree program requires approval by IU School of Medicine Department of Pathology Pathologists’ Assistant Admissions Committee and is based upon the following applicant qualifications: grade point average, personal statement, official transcripts, career exploration experiences, and references among other criteria. A personal interview may be requested. Special application procedures exist for international applicants who are not citizens of the United States or who have completed their undergraduate degree outside the United States. All international students seeking admission must comply with the requirements as directed from the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.


  • one year (two semesters) of general chemistry with lab (this may be called quantitative and qualitative)
  • at least one semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • a college-level math course (preferably calculus)
  • a biology course
  • a microbiology course
  • English composition
  • Recommended but not required: anatomy, human physiology, immunology, and genetics
  • Work experience, shadowing and volunteer work in an area of pathology are viewed favorably but not required.

To be competitive for admission to the program, both math/science and total cumulative GPAs are evaluated. The average (most recent 3 years) math/science GPA for successful applicants is 3.57. The average (most recent 3 years) total cumulative GPA for successful applicants is 3.65. NOTE: Both math/science and total GPA required minimums are 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GRE scores in the 150 range are preferred for the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. For the analytic writing section, a score of 4.0 or higher is preferred. For the MCAT, scores in the 500 range are preferred, with scores in the various sections being largely at the same level.


Applicants may choose to take either the GRE or the MCAT. The institution code is 1325 (for Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis—IUPUI). The department code is 0215 (for IU School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Science).

Each applicant must write a personal essay explaining career goals and why (s)he wants to pursue a career as a Pathologists’ Assistant.

Applicants must submit three professional references, including contact information, with their applications. Listed references will receive an electronic request from the university to provide a letter of recommendation.  Applicants should verify that each reference contact received, completed and returned a letter on their behalf. Applications with less than three recommendations are considered incomplete. References should pertain to relevant experience, competency and aptitude in the classroom and/or lab.

Submit official transcripts from each university and college attended outside of the Indiana University system. For coursework completed at Indiana University (any campus), the admissions team will have access to the official transcript; applicants do not need to submit this record for IU coursework. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to Department of Pathology by the issuing institution or their agent. The issuing institution can send electronically to or by mail to: Karen Sanburn, Education Coordinator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, 635 Barnhill Drive, MS A128, Indianapolis, IN 46202 -5120.

The Pathologists’ Assistant degree is 22 months of full time study in residence at IUPUI. We do not offer an on-line option for this program.

Applicants can calculate the estimated costs of the program including tuition, fees, in-state vs. out-of-state tuition, residency requirements, and payment information at the IUPUI Bursar’s Office. A Tuition and Fees Estimator is available.  Use the settings: Status: Graduate/Professional; Program: All other Graduate Program.

Fees and Financial Aid

Applicants can find tuition, fees (activity, technology, and general service fees), in-state vs. out-of-state tuition, residency requirements, and payment information through the Office of the IUPUI Bursar at the “Student Central” web site. Enter the information required to estimate your tuition and fees. For “I am a ____,” select “Graduate/Professional.” For “in the ____,” select “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 M.S. program. However, full-time MS students are eligible to apply for financial aid through the IUPUI Financial Aid Office.