The Pathobiology Graduate Program at the University of Washington offers a PhD in biomedical research. This program is offered through the Department of Global Health. You can review detailed program information in the Pathobiology Student Handbook. This handbook and our program page offer information on areas of research, program learning objectives, and faculty contacts and research descriptions. At the present, we are not admitting new students to the Master's program.
The Pathobiology Graduate Program provides students (including international students) with a research assistantship that offers a salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Student support is provided during the entire program of study, as long as satisfactory academic progress is maintained.
Currently there are 31 students in the Pathobiology Graduate Program, and 6 new students were admitted for Autumn Quarter 2022.
Application Required Materials
Applicants submit resume or CV, Statement of Purpose, three recommendation letters, and transcripts. International applicants may need to submit English Language Proficiency Requirements. Please be aware that we no longer require GRE scores. Any score submitted will not be taken in consideration during the application review.
All applicants must apply online at the Graduate School admissions website. At this site, you set up an "applicant profile" and then submit an online application and application fee to the Graduate School for our program. All application materials should be submitted electronically. The Pathobiology Graduate Program and the Graduate School do not encourage paper submissions.
Deadline for domestic and international applicants is December 1. Matriculation for all new students is Autumn Quarter.
Go to the Graduate School website and click on "Pathobiology PhD" in order to see all documents required for application.
The Frequently Asked Questions page is a helpful website from the Graduate School with detailed information for all applicants.
For international applicants, the application deadline is December 1. International applicants should also consult the FAQ site for details. In addition, the International Student website has detailed information for all International Student Applications.
Prospective Students from Diverse Backgrounds
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all. Prospective students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to consult information from the GSEE: Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (FormerlyGO-MAP).
When reviewing applications, several criteria are considered such as, but not limited to, grade point average, coursework, recommendation letters, previous work in biomedical research, and fit with the program based on research interests. Applicants should have knowledge of molecular biology and laboratory experience.
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
We welcome MD/PhD students into the program and have outlined the curriculum in the Student Handbook.
Graduates of the Pathobiology Program are employed as research scientists in the biotechnology industry or in research institutes, and they pursue academic careers.