The Masters program in Pathology provides training in the biology of disease and injury and the tools for studying it.
Our research focuses on quantitative approaches for mining molecular and cell biological information to obtain insight into the mechanisms underlying pathology and healing processes.
Our program in Pathology provides training in the biology of disease and injury with an emphasis on quantitative approaches for mining molecular and cell biology information. Research by our faculty employs imaging, genetics, and cellular, molecular and biochemical analyses to examine biological function in a range of organ systems. Data from these varied approaches can be aligned with computational tools in order to gain novel insights into very complex phenomena and yield new understanding of disease mechanisms and treatments. We offer state-of-the-art instruction in both the biological principles and the quantitative methodologies.
To be accepted as a student in the Master's program, the applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree. Applicants are evaluated on:
An official TOEFL score (or the Pearson Test of English Academic is also accepted) is required of all foreign students coming from countries where English is not the official language, and a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT), 213 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 79 on the iBT is required.
Our program emphasizes research over didactic study. Our faculty are engaged in research in cell and developmental biology, systems biology and informatics, bioimaging, and neuroscience.
Research projects tend to be highly interdisciplinary, with faculty collaborations in the Canon Stroke & Vascular Research Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Departments of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, as well as other departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. To accommodate such diverse interactions, coursework requirements are a kept at a minimum and it is the advisor's responsibility to arrange with the student, at the time of entry, a tentative program of study.
Required course work consists of a graduate seminar class and one-semester courses in Cell Biology, Histology, and Introduction to Pathology. The remainder of the program is developed on an individual basis but, in general, comprises interdisciplinary courses, courses in areas relevant to the student's research, and a substantial thesis prepared under the supervision of a full time department faculty member and committee selected by the student and faculty advisor.
The main requirement for the Master's degree in our program is completion a research thesis describing hypothesis-driven experimental work. The subject of the thesis must fall within the interests and expertise of program faculty, and the scope of the work generally represents the product of 2-3 semesters of effort. Thus, completion of the program can be expected to take 2 years.
For the Masters program in Pathology, a typical curriculum follows this pattern:
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Minumun 1 year full-time.