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Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) How to Apply

This page contains information about how to apply to the Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program, including the following:

Admission in granted from June through February every year, and qualified candidates are required to have a telephone interview.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to the Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program must have the following credentials:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent.
  • Prerequisite coursework, with grades of C or above, includes microbiology, anatomy, physiology, mathematics, English composition, general chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry and biology. Online courses are not accepted as prerequisites, however applications from students required to take online prerequisite courses as a result of the pandemic will be considered. Lab-based courses are preferred but not required.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be competitive.
  • Official General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores at or above the 50th percentile.

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  • Application cycle starts in June for matriculation the following May
  • Application deadline is the second Friday in February

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Required Components of a Completed Application

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission. For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

Graduate Admission Application

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $75 U.S. is required.

Drexel Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program graduate.


Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. (See checklist)

Standardized Test Scores

Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required — GRE school code is 2194. International applicants must demonstrate their comprehension of the English language by submitting results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Essay/Personal Statement

Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully. For summer 2017 and future terms, submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.


For summer 2017 and future terms, upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required from faculty who have taught you courses. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations. For summer 2017 and future terms, request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

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Mailing Address

Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) Program
Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-oriented Programs
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344
New College Building, Room 4104
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Financial Information

Tuition information for the Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program is available on the Drexel Central website.

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or part-time employment. For information regarding financing your education, please visit Drexel Central.

Apply to the Pathologists' Assistant program

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Graduate students in the Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.