MS Experimental Pathology Program Track

The Experimental Pathology track is recommended for students who have an interest in basic research and plan careers as research scientists. The program offers opportunities for specialization in various areas of pathology.


A curriculum of basic science courses is designed and personalized for each student, depending on his/her area of interest and experience. Courses may be selected from graduate courses offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or by other IUPUI and IU School of Medicine basic science departments. Listings of courses required, or available as electives, are appropriate for various areas of specialization are shown in the Sample Curricula.

Specific research projects for each student are determined after completion of the first full semester of course work. The student’s area of interest and the availability of a suitable research advisor are considered in this choice. Degree completion involves submission of a bound research thesis or publication of the research in a respected, peer-reviewed journal in the appropriate field. Recent thesis and dissertation titles from the MS Laboratory Science and the Experimental Pathology programs may be accessed in Recent Thesis and Dissertation Titles.

Prerequisite Courses

To qualify for this program, students must have one year (two semesters) of general chemistry with lab (quantitative and qualitative), at least one semester of organic chemistry with lab, and a college-level math course. Recommended, but not required, coursework includes biology, anatomy, human physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, physics, statistics, genetics, microbiology, immunology and biochemistry.


Students interested in this program should have a strong science background. Previous research experience is an asset but is not required. Applications are accepted starting in the fall of the year before desired entry into the program. Well-qualified applicants may be invited for interviews starting in February or later. This process continues until available positions are filled. An application deadline of April 1 is suggested, but later applications may be accepted if positions remain open.

Program Requirements

To graduate from this program with a Master of Science degree in Pathology, Experimental Pathology Track, students must complete a total of 30 credits hours, of which at least 21 are course credits. Students may complete more than 21 course credits, including C693 General and Clinical Pathology (grade of B or better is required). Students must also complete six to nine credits hours in research, a graduate-level biochemistry course (with a grade of C or higher) and the Graduate Student Seminar C808 (1-2 credits). A research project resulting in a thesis or a publication in a respected journal in the field is also required. 

Laboratory Science Track

The Master’s degree track for Laboratory Science is a research-based program that allows students to focus in an area of pathology, such as hematopathology, transfusion medicine, cytotechnology, and others.

Pathologists’ Assistant Track

Using a standardized 22-month curriculum, the Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant Track focuses on the responsibilities of a pathologist assistant, including gross surgical pathology, frozen section preparation and autopsy pathology.