MS in Pathology Laboratory Sciences

The Master of Science in Pathology Laboratory Sciences program focuses on the basic science and laboratory techniques of pathology and related disciplines. The master’s program was founded in 2003 by Dr. Adrianne Rogers, professor emeritus of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and former associate chair of the department and Chris Andry, MPhil, PhD, the current Vice Chair and program director. Graduates are prepared to work in basic science, biotechnology, clinical pathology, and other biomedical research laboratories designing, performing, and evaluating research. Students learn to prepare and evaluate animal or human cells and tissues for the effects of test compounds, devices, or procedures using morphologic, molecular, and other methods.

Techniques include gross, microscopic, and ultrastructural techniques for examination of cells and tissues, including histochemical staining and immunohistochemical staining, immunofluorescence, and molecular methods; and certain clinical chemistry, hematological and immunological, methods for examination of blood tissue or other bodily fluids or extracts. Offerings include, but are not limited to, the following specialized techniques in the basic laboratory rotations or in the student’s laboratory research project: laser capture techniques, in situ hybridization including fluorescence detection (FISH), molecular techniques, proteomics, and confocal or electron microscopy, image analysis, and virtual pathology. Students learn and rotate in modern, well-equipped laboratories on the BU Medical Campus and at Boston Medical Center.

Curriculum

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of eight semester courses (32 credit hours) at the graduate level, including an original laboratory-based thesis. The degree program is usually completed within two years.

Requirements by Topic

Updated curriculum is consistent with the currently approved program alternatives.

Pathology

  • GMS PA 700 Introduction to Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease (4 cr, spring)
  • GMS PA 710 Introduction to Basic and Applied Pathology (2 cr, fall)
  • GMS PA 800 A1 Pathology Seminar (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 810 The Business of Science (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 801 Pathology Special Topics (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 900 Pathology Laboratory Rotations (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 901 Pathology Research (varies, 2–10 cr)
  • GMS PA 910 Human Biospecimens for Research (2 cr), when offered

Biochemistry

  • GMS BI 752 Biochemistry and Cell Biology (4 cr, fall)

Biostatistics

  • GMS CI 670 Biostatistics with a Computer (4 cr)

Electives

GMS offers a selection of electives for your second year of study; to be approved by the program director.

First Fall Semester

  • GMS BI 752 Biochemistry and Cell Biology (4 cr)
  • GMS CI 670 Biostatistics with a Computer (4 cr)
  • GMS PA 710 Introduction to Basic and Applied Pathology (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 810 The Business of Science (2 cr)
  • Pathology Seminar (not for credit)

Total credits: 12

First Spring Semester

  • GMS PA 700 Introduction to Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease (4 cr)
  • GMS PA 800 Pathology Seminar (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 801 Pathology Special Topics (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 900 Pathology Laboratory Rotations (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 910 Human Biospecimens for Research (2 cr)

Total credits: 10–12 or more, depending on the choice of courses