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Master of Science in Pathobiology

Course Description

The department offers master of science (MS) and PhD degrees

Combined pathology residency/graduate programs are available in the areas of anatomic, clinical, and zoological pathology for veterinary graduates.

Virtually all students receive tuition waivers and stipends. Graduate students participate in the teaching and research functions of the department.

Expertise in the Department of Pathobiology spans epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, parasitology, virology, and comparative pathology.

Through its multidisciplinary approach, the department addresses complex problems in biomedical and veterinary sciences. Research emphasizes multi-host disease systems, with the goal of improving human and animal health at the individual and population levels in a broad social and environmental context.

In the veterinary professional degree program, the department teaches courses in both the basic science and clinical portions of the curriculum, fostering students’ ability to apply the fundamental tenets of disease mechanisms in the practice of clinical and diagnostic medicine.

The Pathobiology graduate program produces leaders in biomedical research and education. The program accepts students from a variety of backgrounds, who have completed undergraduate or professional degrees, into programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. Graduate degrees are also offered in conjunction with the campus MD degree (Medical Scholars Program) and the college DVM degree (Veterinary Medical Scholars Program).

The department is home to a nationally recognized residency program in anatomic, clinical, or zoologic pathology, leading to board eligibility with the American College of Veterinary Pathology. The residency program can be combined with a PhD program. Virtually all graduate students receive tuition waivers and competitive stipends while participating in the teaching and research functions of the department.

Professional service, ranging from interpreting submissions to the college’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to developing continuing education courses in molecular biology and industrial toxicology and pathology, comprises a significant proportion of departmental activity.

[[Areas of Research]]

- Pathogenesis of enteric, respiratory, and reproductive diseases
- Molecular mechanisms of infection, host-pathogen interactions, and immunity
- Strategies for vaccine design and disease control
- Spatial and contextual aspects of health and illness, combining human, animal, and ecosystem health
- Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases to promote disease control
- Foreign animal disease prevention, preparedness, and response

[[How to Apply]]

We require a GRE examination score that is not older than five years. Interested applicants with at least 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply.

The Department of Pathobiology does not request any program-specific questions on the application. All requested documents should be uploaded to the online application. Do not send original documents to our office.

Additional information about the application process can be found on the Graduate College’s website: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions

For more information about graduate study with Pathobiology, please email us [email protected]

International Applicants -

International applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements based on their country of origin. See the list of countries on the Graduate College website - http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/countries

International students whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79, TOEFL CBT (computer-based exam) score of 213, or TOEFL PBT score of 550.


The University of Illinois Veterinary Pathology Residency Program is dedicated to training high-quality, motivated individuals to understand and apply mechanisms of disease to develop exceptional clinical skills, work in partnership with other veterinarians and scientists to diagnose, treat, and investigate animal disease, achieve American College of Veterinary Pathologists board certification, and pursue opportunities for further scholarly advancement.

:Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residencies:

Pathology residency programs are available for those that are graduate veterinarians in the areas of anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. For the anatomic pathology program specializing in zoo animal pathology, see below. These programs are designed to prepare the individual for a career in veterinary pathology and to sit the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) Certification Examination. All residents are enrolled in a combined residency-MS program; the option of a combined residency-PhD program is also available.

How to Apply -

Application to the anatomic and clinical pathology residency programs is generally due in mid October for positions starting in August of the following year. For the combined master’s or PhD degree, please make an additional application to the University of Illinois Graduate College following the instructions above.

:Zoological Pathology Residency:

Based in Chicago, the Zoological Pathology Program is a unique collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a number of private and public entities. A three-year combined residency-MS program is offered in conjunction with the Department of Pathobiology but is administered separately and, importantly, has a separate application process from that described above.

For further information and application instructions, see the Zoological Pathology Program website - http://vetmed.illinois.edu/vet-resources/veterinary-diagnostic-laboratory/zoological-pathology-program/

Entry Requirements

See Course Description

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