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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.

Pathology Admissions LunchFirst-year students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry enroll in core courses required of all biomedical graduate students. Foundations of Modern Biology I and II as well as our program's corresponding requirements. You will also complete three laboratory research rotations before choosing an advisor at the end of your first year and will begin your thesis research.

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.

Graduate Advantages

John Varrone and Mahendra ColonneOur 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 Ph.D. Graduate Program in Pathology

Admission to the Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program is competitive. Seven to nine students are accepted each year.

Online Application:

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 significant training in the biological and /or medical sciences, as well as some exposure to chemistry, physics, and college-level mathematics. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is no longer required. International applicants whose primary language is not English must take either IELTS (a minimum band score of 6.5) or Duolingo, (a minimum band score of 90) as a mandatory requirement, Institution Code -2948.

Scholarships and Stipends:

All students receive a full-tuition scholarship, paid individual health insurance, and an annual stipend.

Application Deadlines:

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.

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