University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Masters Program Details

The MS in Pathology Program is based in the Pathology Department of the University of Vermont's College of Medicine. Coursework, mentoring and laboratory-based research and training are not limited to Pathology faculty, labs, and courses, although the mentor is required to be a member of the UVM Graduate College. A masters thesis committee, including the mentor and at least two other faculty members, is chosen early in the program and oversees and evaluates the student’s progress.

The minimum degree requirements include 30 credit hours in a curriculum that includes mandatory core courses, elective courses, and Masters Thesis Research or mentored experiential training. Midway through the program, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. All students must prepare and orally defend a Masters Thesis based on either an independent research project or a mentored experiential learning program. For full-time students, the program typically requires between 2 and 3 years; the UVM Graduate College requires that the Master of Science degree be completed in no more than 5 years.

Mentoring and Thesis Committee

Mentors must be members of the UVM Graduate College. If the mentor is not a member of the Department of Pathology, the Thesis Committee must include two Department of Pathology faculty members who approve the contents and scope of the thesis project for its relevance to the field of Pathology. Mentors typically meet with students at least monthly during coursework, and at least weekly once mentored research or experiential training has begun. Students are also required to attend departmental and divisional seminars, weekly journal clubs, and Masters Program meetings and research days, usually twice a year.

Requirements for Graduation

Students will be eligible to graduate after completing the requirements for the Master Degree set forth by the Graduate College at the University of Vermont including:

  1. Completion of the required course work
  2. Passing the comprehensive exam
  3. Completion of an original research or experiential learning Thesis. Research students must present and orally defend a thesis which embodies the results of their research and demonstrates their capability for independent research.

Curriculum for Research Students (30 credit hours):

Core curriculum
  • Pathology 305 “Molecular Mechanisms of Environmental Disease” (three credit hours)
  • Pathology 306 “Pathobiology of Disease” (one credit hours)
  • Practical Pathology (three credit hours; Currently Path 395)
  • Cell Biology 301 (four credit hours)
  • Research Ethics Course (one credit hour)
  • Masters Thesis Research (15 credit hours)
Elective curriculum

Students have the opportunity to take a variety of elective graduate level courses that include epidemiology, toxicology, microbiology, lung biology, genetics, statistics or other topical areas in consultation with their thesis advisor.

The minimum credit requirement for graduation is 30 hours but students may take more than this.

  • Full time funded students are allowed to take a maximum of 10 credits/semester (course plus research credits), and 6 summer credits (course plus research credits).
  • Nonfunded (tuitioned) students may take a maximum of 15 hours per semester and 9 summer hours, including both course and research/experiential learning credits.

Last modified January 07 2012 11:08 AM