Comparative Pathobiology (CPB) Graduate Programs
The Department of Comparative Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Purdue University, offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees to persons possessing the D.V.M. degree and to those with a baccalaureate degree and comprehensive training in the biological sciences. Areas of study include bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, laboratory and experimental medicine, parasitology, pathology, public health, toxicology, and virology.
Current Graduate Programs offered by the Comparative Pathology Department:
Epidemiology and Public Health:
- Epidemiology and Public Health Graduate Brochure
- Epidemiology and Public Health Program Requirements
Microbiology and Immunology:
- Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Brochure
- Microbiology and Immunology Faculty Research Interests
Clinical and Anatomic Pathology:
- Pathology Graduate Brochure
- Anatomic Pathology Non-Thesis MS/Residency Program
- Clinical Pathology Non-Thesis MS/Residency Program
Laboratory Animal Medicine
- The Indiana MS-Graduate Training/Residency Program
T32 Training Grant
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Students applying for admission must be graduates of a veterinary or medical college or hold a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences. Graduates in other fields may be accepted with approval of the graduate faculty and department head, if they have sufficient background in the biological sciences. Applicants for the residency training program in pathology must be graduates of an AVMA accredited veterinary school.
The general graduate record examination is required of applicants for all CPB graduate programs. A GRE score of 1600 is required for unconditional admission to Comparative Pathobiology graduate programs. A GRE score of 1400 to 1599 is required for conditional acceptance.
A minimum score of 550 is required by the Graduate School for all non-native speakers of English for admission to Purdue University. A standard TOEFL score of 575 plus a TWE score of 4 is stipulated since satisfactory scientific writing skills are considered to be essential. The CPB department has a high standard for minimal English proficiency for all non-native English speaking students for unconditional admission.
The major professor and graduate advisory committee will assist all students in development of good scientific writing skills over the course of the entire graduate training program.
Students accepted conditionally will be required to take at least two courses (6 credits) from the following list in addition to research credits in each semester of their first year in the graduate program:
BCHM 561, General Biochemistry I, 3 credits
BCHM 562, General Biochemistry II, 3 credits
BIOL 517, Molecular Biology: Proteins, 2 credits
BIOL 519, Molecular Biology: Nucleic Acids, 2 credits
BIOL 537, Immunobiology, 3 credits
BIOL 573, Molecular Biology of Animal Cells, 3 credits
STAT 503, Statistical Methods for Biology, 3 credits
STAT 514, Design of Experiments, 3 credits
Students may substitute other courses recommended by their faculty mentor(s) from the Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology and Public Health sections; and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
If a student fails to receive a "B" or better for the two required courses, or fails to maintain an overall "B" average for all courses taken, it will result in the dismissal of the student from the program.
You will be asked to provide a complete curriculum vita or the following items of information:
- Scientific discipline of interest: microbiology (bacteriology, immunology, virology, parasitology), pathology (clinical or anatomic), or epidemiology and public health.
- Please indicate the semester/year for which you request admission.
- Please apply to Comparative Pathobiology and specify your area of interest.
- Post-secondary education: universities attended, dates, major, GPA, degree received and date.
- Employment information; positions, dates and work descriptions.
- Test results for the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required of all applicants. Scores older than five years are not acceptable.
- Purdue's Graduate School requires a minimum of TOEFL score of 550; the minimal English proficiency requirement for all non-native English speaking students for unconditional admission to CPB is a TOEFL score of 575 plus a TWE score of 4. Scores older than two years are not acceptable.
Please direct any further communications to the CPB Graduate Program Coordinator by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Comparative Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
725 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2027
A copy of your electronic application and corresponding material will be directed to interested faculty.