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Important Note: This is the archived version of the 2012–2014 Graduate Catalog. The information on these pages was archived on August 22, 2012 and will not be updated as requirement and/or program changes are approved.

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
College of Medicine (MC 847)
840 South Wood Street, Room 130 CSN
Chicago, IL 60612

Campus Location: Room 130 CSN
Program Code: 20FS1548MS (MS); 20FS1548PHD (PhD)
Phone: (312) 996-6604
Fax: (312) 996-7589
Web Site:
Head of Department: Frederick G. Behm
Director of Graduate Studies: Maarten C. Bosland
Program Administrator: Barbara Poltzer

The Department of Pathology offers studies leading to degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels, and participates in the Medical Scientist Training Program (see the Medical Scientist Training Program section for more information). The department is oriented toward the study of disease at the molecular, cellular, organ, whole organism, and population levels, using a wide range of approaches including epidemiology. Students are initially immersed in an integrated curriculum and later they complete specialized training in an area of pathology of their choice, including, but not limited to, cancer prevention, biomarkers of cancer, molecular and genetic epidemiology, tumor biology, and mechanisms of cancer development and progression. All areas focus on translational and transdisciplinary aspects of pathology, cancer research, and epidemiology.

Admission Requirements

Students apply either via the GEMS PhD program (see GEMS program for details) or via the Department of Pathology ( on a competitive basis. Before applying to the Master of Science Program, students are required to consult the director of graduate studies ( Students must meet the following program requirements in addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements:

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Requirements

Students (via GEMS and Pathology) engage, during their first year of study, in a core curriculum that focuses on the fundamentals of biochemistry and cell and molecular biology, and integrates these with topics in molecular medicine and cancer biology. Beginning in the second semester, students elect to take courses with the goal of concentrating more selectively within the area of pathology research.

Students initially pick three or four potential mentors in whose laboratories they spend 10-week rotations during the first year. At the end of their first year, students select a mentor with whom they will undertake their thesis research and the Department of Pathology which will grant the degree.

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy