Masters in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology


Program Description

This is a full-time two-year post-baccalaureate program leading to a Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology. This program is designed to enrich the scientific research experience and improve the academic credentials of students interested in careers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in academia. The degree requirements in this program include 30 credit hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0, plus preparation and successful defense of a thesis. In the second year, students will conduct mentored research in the Department of Pathology. Recipients of the Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology will demonstrate advanced knowledge in the molecular and cellular basis of disease and develop quantitative and qualitative research skills in data collection and analyses. Graduates of this program will possess the required skills to conduct independent research.


Year 1

Fall Semester Credits
Mechanisms of Disease I 5
Advanced Cell Biology 3
Molecular Medicine 4
Advances in Pathology Research 1
Electives 2
Total 15
Spring Semester Credits
Mechanisms of Disease II 5
Molecular & Cellular Pathobiology 4
Advances in Pathology Research 1
Electives 5
Total 15

Year 2

Fall Semester Credits
Thesis Research 6
Advances in Pathology Research 1
Independent Study 2
Total 9
Spring Semester Credits
Thesis Research 6
Advances in Pathology Research 1
Independent Study 2
Total 9


  • Pathology Research Methods - Fall - 2 or 4 credits
  • Biostatistics (GBCH 7250) - Spring - 2 credits
  • Cancer Biology and Pathology (ANAT 7600) - Spring - 2 credits
  • Pathology Research Methods - Spring - 2 or 4 credits

More elective courses available through the BMS program.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) with a GPA ≥ 3.0.
  • MCAT scores of ≥ 500 (24) or,
    DAT scores ≥ 16 or,
    GRE scores ≥ 300.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score ≥ 80 is required, but this requirement can be waived with a score ≥ 151 on the Verbal portion of the GRE or by having passed the ECFMG English Language Proficiency Examination.

Application Information

Students interested in pursuing an MS in Pathology apply online through the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) graduate program website choosing the MS in Molecular Medicine or the MS in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology as their primary interest on the application form (non-refundable and non-transferable fee of $50).

The online application can be accessed at

Applications will be accepted until the application deadline (July for admission in the Fall semester) or until all positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Early submission is encouraged. Note that several programs at Tulane use this application service. Be certain that you designate one of the two programs in Pathology. Three reference letters will be solicited on your behalf after the names of your referees have been submitted to the online application system.

We recommend that you also send an e-mail to our Program Director (Haitao Zhang, to notify us that you have submitted an online application to our program.

Official test scores should be directed to:
Administrative Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology
1430 Tulane Avenue Box 8679
New Orleans, LA 70112

Concerns regarding the online application process should be addressed to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (

The applications will require verifiable GRE, MCAT or DAT test scores and official transcripts from each institution attended.

Questions regarding the program can be addressed to the Program Director (Dr. Haitao Zhang, or Co-Director (Dr. Gilbert Morris,


$25,000 per year plus fees. There are no tuition waivers for this program.


Fees will be charged on a per semester basis.

Estimated mandatory fees are:

  • Academic Support Services $500, entitles a student to use the supplementary services of the University libraries, academic support services, and online course material.
  • Student Activities $120, supports activities organized by students such as the weekly newspaper, admission to many intercollegiate athletic contests, movies, and lectures.
  • Reily Recreation Center $150, provides center membership.
  • Student Health Services $320, provides students with primary care, psychiatric care, and contraceptive care at the Student Health Center.
  • A fee of $40 will be assessed when applying for graduation.
  • Tulane University policy requires that all students have health insurance coverage. This requirement can be met by subscribing to the Student Health Insurance Plan offered through the University, or by providing evidence of health insurance coverage.

Financial Aid

For US applicants, information concerning financial aid can be found at the Tulane University Office of Financial Aid's website.

Last updated July 2018

About the School

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (BMS) GRADUATE PROGRAM The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) is a part of the Tulane School of Medicine. It is organized as an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and... Read More