Graduate study at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry means engaging in research and training that informs and shapes the world around us. We invite you to explore our numerous graduate degree programs, our facilities and resources, our people, and our community. We welcome your application to our school should you choose to apply. For more information about admissions, visit the school's Admissions Page.
First-year students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry enroll in core courses required of all biomedical graduate students: Advanced Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics along with our program's corresponding requirements. You complete three laboratory rotations before choosing an advisor at the end of the first year and begin your thesis research. Most students continue in our program, but at this stage of your training, there is the opportunity to transfer to any of the other graduate programs within the school.
Pathology Career Paths
Our Pathology Ph.D. graduates are competitive for all academic and industrial career opportunities that are open to well-trained research scientists from the major academic disciplines. Our graduates successfully compete for positions in departments of biochemistry, genetics, toxicology, etc. The knowledge, research skills, and critical thinking that our students obtain are equal to those of graduates of other major research training programs throughout the United States.
Our graduates have a strong foundation in human disease and are comfortable working with both research professionals and our clinical colleagues. Their knowledge base and skill set are valued by both academia and industry where funding and research success increasingly requires relevance to human health and disease.
Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program
Admission to the Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program is competitive. Seven to nine students are accepted each year.
Prospective Ph.D. students apply for admission through the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Please review the admissions process before completing an online application.
Prospective students should have a four-year degree that includes at least basic training in the biological sciences, chemistry, or physics, and two to four semesters of college-level mathematics. All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (institution code: 2948) scores. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (institution code: 2948) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a mandatory requirement of applicants whose primary language is not English.
Scholarships and Stipends:
All students receive a full-tuition scholarship, paid single health insurance, and an annual stipend.
Applications must be received by January 1 for the following Fall semester. Graduate students are not admitted in the Spring semester. The school usually schedules two interview weekends, one in February and one in March.
Ph.D. Program in Pathology
Students in the Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program usually continue in the program and receive a Ph.D. in Pathology. Students starting in any of the Graduate School's Ph.D. programs have the option of transferring to any of the degree-granting departmental programs after completion of their first year.
The Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program requires successful completion of first-year courses, the choice of a mentor who will provide strong training and an educational environment, and a desire to pursue thesis research that has a strong tie to human health and disease.