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Pathology buttonThe Department of Pathology offers programs of study and research training leading to the Master of Science degree. This program focuses on the comprehensive study of pathogenic mechanisms of disease. This knowledge, and the ability to apply it, is absolutely essential for the ultimate prevention and cure of all diseases, whatever their cause. The educational program for the M.S. degree is designed to foster analytical problem-solving within the wide range of the basic medical sciences, with particular emphasis on the fundamental disciplines of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology. Research programs within the graduate programs provide a vigorous multidisciplinary milieu in which to receive laboratory training for a career in the biomedical sciences.

Specific Program Requirements

A minimum total of 30 credits and a Master’s Literature Review (Track A) or 32 credits and a Master’s Thesis (Track B) are required for graduation. Research credits may be substituted for didactic credits in the M.S. Research Thesis track (Track B), but not in Track A. In all cases, only didactic credits may be used to fulfill elective credit requirements. View the course descriptions here.

The Biomedical Science & Management track (Track C) requires 36 credits overall. This total includes a minimum of 24 credits from the science curriculum, a minimum of 8 credits from the professional skills curriculum, and an internship and capstone project report. A Master’s Literature Review may be substituted for the capstone report if proprietary concerns at the company hosting the internship preclude a formal report. In certain circumstances, with the approval of the program director and associate dean for the Professional Science Master’s program, a research rotation (PATM 9800 or BMSM 9800, minimum 3 credits) may be substituted for the internship, along with either a Master’s Literature Review or a Master’s Thesis.

Track A:  
Required Courses  
General Biochemistry I (BCHM 1010) 4 credits
General Biochemistry II (BCHM 1020) 4 credits
Mammalian Physiology I (PHYM 1010) 4 credits
Cell Biology (CBAM 1360) 3 credits
Introduction to Pathology (PATM 1080) 3 credits
Systemic Pathology (PATM 1090) 3 credits
  OR Fundamentals of Animal Research (PATM 1110) 3 credits
Lectures in Histology (CBAM 1320) 3 credits
Laboratory in Histology (CBAM 1330) 2 credits
Student Seminar Courses (7101, 7102 series) 2 credits
Choice of one of the following courses:  
Basic Immunology (MCRM 2010) 2 credits
  OR Immunopharmacology (PHRM 2710) 2 credits
  OR Directed Readings (PATM 7010) 2 credits
Master’s Literature Review (PATM 9750) 0 credits
TOTAL 30 credits 


Track B:  
Required Courses  
Introduction to Pathology (PATM 1080) 3 credits
Systemic Pathology (PATM 1090) 3 credits
  OR Fundamentals of Animal Research (PATM 1110) 3 credits
General Biochemistry I (BCHM 1010) 4 credits 
Mammalian Physiology I (PHYM 1010) 4 credits
Responsible Conduct of Research (BMSM 2020) 2 credits
Life in Biomedical Research I (BMSM 3510) 2 credits
  OR Life in Biomedical Research II (BMSM 3520) 2 credits
Graduate Research Workshop (BMSM 8050) 1 credit
Master’s Thesis Research (PATM 9800)  1-5 credits
Master's Thesis (PATM 9850) 0 credits
Electives (didactic credits only)  8-12 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

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‌Program Director:
Tetyana Cheairs, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Basic Sciences Building - Room 425
(914) 594-3105

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