Graduate Education

Richard Hammer, PHD

The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences offers a Master of Science in Pathology (MS) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees through either

Our academic programs capitalize on the diverse strengths and resources of the Pathology and Anatomical Sciences faculty and provide students with the flexibility to achieve their individual goals. Please direct questions regarding the application process, deadlines, and material to the director of graduate studies.

Dr. Kevin Middleton
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
M263 Medical Sciences Building
University of Missouri School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
email: middletonk@missouri.edu
phone: 573-884-3192
fax: 573-884-4612

Doctoral Degrees

The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences in the School of Medicine offers doctoral degrees through the University of Missouri’s Pathobiology Area Program. The exceptional diversity of faculty in this interdepartmental program affords a wide variety of opportunities for translational and basic science research directed at questions in genetics, neuroscience, cancer biology, integrative/evolutionary anatomy, and translational bioinformatics. If you are interested in obtaining a PhD in this (or other) doctoral programs with faculty in Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies before applying online.

Three focus areas are available for pursuing doctoral degrees within the Pathobiology Area Program, each with specific degree requirements beyond the University of Missouri Graduate School requirements.

Dr. Kevin Middleton
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
M263 Medical Sciences Building
University of Missouri School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
email: middletonk@missouri.edu
phone: 573-884-3192
fax: 573-884-4612

Financial Aid

Financial aid may not be automatically provided by all programs. Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program Web site or ask the Director of Graduate Studies for details regarding extra- and intra-mural programs and sources of funding (e.g. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, MU Life Sciences Fellowships, MU Graduate Fellowships, and MU training grants).

Dr. Kevin Middleton
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
M263 Medical Sciences Building
University of Missouri School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
email: middletonk@missouri.edu
phone: 573-884-3192
fax: 573-884-4612

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the application deadline?
    Applications for admissions are due yearly on the second Friday of January for Fall semester matriculation. Applications are not reviewed at other times. The Director of Graduate Studies will notify applicants about the status of their applications in late January or early February.
  • Do I need to contact the professors whose research interests match mine?
    All graduate programs, including both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences are research-based. Thus the selection of an appropriate graduate advisor is a critical part of the application procedure. All applicants are encouraged to contact potential advisors prior to applying to discuss opportunities for graduate study.
  • Should I send my application documents to the Department and/or to the Graduate School?
    All documents should be sent only to the Graduate School through the online application system. Approved documents will then be forwarded automatically to the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.
  • Are GRE scores required?
    GRE scores (general test only) are required of all applicants. MCAT or USMLE scores cannot be accepted as a substitute for GRE scores.
  • What is the minimum requirement for GRE scores?
    The full application package is considered when evaluating each applicant. Although GRE scores are one metric, the admissions committee also takes into account GPAs, research experience, and letters of recommendation. The admissions committee has no fixed minimum GRE score, although most successful applicants have verbal and quantitative GRE scores above 60%.
  • What are the procedures for international applicants?
    In addition to Departmental requirements for each degree option, Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri has additional requirements for international applicants. These requirements include English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores) and financial support documentation. Non-native English speakers must score a 500 on the paper-based TOEFL or 61 on the Internet-based test and the Academic IELTS must be a 5.5 or higher. Native English speakers are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years beyond the test date.
Dr. Kevin Middleton
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
M263 Medical Sciences Building
University of Missouri School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
email: middletonk@missouri.edu
phone: 573-884-3192
fax: 573-884-4612