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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:

Applications are reviewed and admissions are granted from June through February every year. All qualified candidates are required to have a face to face or Zoom/Teams interview as part of the application process.

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, must include biology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry, mathematics and English composition. Lab-based science courses are required.
  • Online courses are not accepted as prerequisites, however applications from students required to take online prerequisite courses as a result of the pandemic during the period of spring 2020 through summer 2021 will be considered.
  • 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 June 15, 2021 for matriculation the following May
  • Application deadline is the second Friday in February, February 11, 2022

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Instructions for Applying Online

  • Click on yellow "APPLY NOW" box in the right column of this page
  • Login to "Returning User" or create a new account "First Time User"
  • Click on "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page
  • Select Application Type "Fall 2020-Summer 2021"
  • Underneath, choose drop down menu option "2020-2021 Graduate"
  • Click on "Create an Application" box
  • Open Application
  • All information in "Personal" must be completed first
  • Then, go to "Application Information"
  • For Academic Area of Interest choose "Medicine – Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies"
  • For Program choose: "Pathologists’ Assistant, MS"
  • Complete the remainder of the application
  • Review
  • Submit
  • Ensure a timely delivery of supplementary material

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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, a non-refundable 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. 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 (at or above the 50th percentile) on the General 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. Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.


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 your 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. 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, or scholarships. For information regarding financing your education, please visit Drexel Central.

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