University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Applying to the MS in Pathology Program

Our Masters program can be tailored to individual student interests. Inquiries from students undecided between a Master of Science versus PhD or MD/DVM degrees are welcome. Every applicant will be paired with a faculty mentor during the application process to discuss ther plans and interests. Prospective students should contact the Masters Program Director, for further information.

Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, including satisfactory undergraduate or graduate course work in chemistry and the biological sciences; undergraduate or graduate level courses in microbiology, molecular genetics, and immunology are recommended but not required.
  • Applicants must provide official transcripts from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with competitive scores; academic transcripts including their full Bachelor’s coursework and any graduate courses taken to date; and three recent letters of recommendation that attest to the student’s intellectual maturity, communication skills, and their aptitude for studies towards an advanced degree.
  • All students for whom English is not a native language are required to take the TOEFL and provide an official transcript with satisfactory scores.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for Research Fellowship support must indicate this at the time of application; fellowships are competitively awarded, based on the overall strengths of the individual application.

Application Deadline

March 1, for summer or fall admission.

(Applications may be accepted at other times of year depending on slots available in the program; please contact the Program Director if you are interested in spring semester admission, or are requesting to apply for a different date.)

Application Process

While the Masters in Pathology Program is administered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UVM College of Medicine, students in the program are members of the Graduate College of the University of Vermont and must apply and be formally admitted to the Graduate College.

  • Apply to the Graduate College and indicate interest in the MS in Pathology Program.

Applicants must ALSO submit a formal letter of application to the MS in Pathology Program Director, detailing their career goals, areas of interest, and reasons for applying to the program. Students who will pursue a research thesis and who wish to be considered for a Departmental Research Fellowship must request this in their letter to the Program Director. With the exception of this letter, which should be sent to the address below, all other application materials are submitted to the UVM Graduate College.

On-campus interviews are encouraged but are not required, and can be arranged directly with the MS in Pathology Program Director. To be accepted, the applicant must meet both the general admission standards of the UVM Graduate College as well as competitive admission standards for a slot in the MS in Pathology Program, including the requirement for identifying a potential faculty mentor PRIOR to completing the application process.

Consideration of Applications

Applications are evaluated in their entirety, and judged on the full breadth of strengths a student presents including their past experience, transcripts and scores, and reasons for choosing this program. NO application will be reviewed until it is complete, and complete applications must include all of the required documentation including official academic transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores. Applicants must also have been in contact with the Program Director or other Program Faculty members to identify a potential faculty mentor, and potential mentors must provide a letter confirming their willingness to serve as a mentor for the applicant.

Completed applications are reviewed by a committee of Pathology Masters Program faculty and are evaluated based on the applicant’s suitability for graduate training. The program has a limited number of slots available. Research Fellowship support is evaluated and awarded separately but decisions are based on similar and competitive, merit-based criteria. For March 1 submissions, acceptance decisions are made no later than April 6 with candidates notified of the decision by April 15.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Funding for graduate education is very different from funding for undergraduate education, with a variety of sources—both merit- and needs-based—available to help graduate students.

  • Research students mentored by Department of Pathology faculty are eligible to apply for a departmental Research Fellowship, or may be supported by the mentor’s research funding
  • MS students mentored by faculty outside the Pathology department may have equivalent opportunities for tuition support from their mentor’s department or research funding
  • MS students in a non-research track may also be eligible for financial aid or other assistanceship support

Additional information is available from the UVM Graduate College, UVM Student Financial Services, and the UVM Office of International Education.

Contact Us

Pathology Masters Program
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Given Courtyard
89 Beaumont Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405
Office: 802-656-0397
FAX: 802-656-8892

Program Director:
Dr. Arti Shukla, PhD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Pathology Masters Program
HSRF 216
Burlington, VT 05401
Office: 802-656-8253


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