The graduate program in cellular and molecular pathology (CMP) is a joint venture of the UW–Madison Department of Pathology and the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). This interdisciplinary training environment, embedded in an exciting and challenging basic and clinical translational research context, offers a high level of intellectual stimulation for predoctoral training. The CMP curriculum is novel at the university, providing integrated training in fundamental concepts of modern pathobiology with an emphasis on biochemical, cellular and molecular approaches, and providing rigorous in-depth bench-level research training in understanding the fundamental bases of diseases. Trainees and trainers participate in rigorous pathobiology courses and activities, and are offered in-depth research training in the pathobiology of cancer, nervous and immune system diseases, and signal transduction in basic disease mechanisms.

Applications to the CMP program are submitted in the fall of the year prior to your anticipated start date in the program. Students are then accepted into the CMP program in the spring of each year through a competitive application process that is administered by UW–Madison. Applications are due by December 1 for admission consideration the following fall. See more about how to apply on the program's website.

Graduate School Admissions

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic degree programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet requirements of both the program(s) and the Graduate School. Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.  

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Program Resources

Prospective students should see the program website for funding information.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 51 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 32 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Students must maintain a B average or better in all graduate courses.
Assessments and Examinations Students must complete all required courses including PATH 809. They must pass their Prelim B exam after their second year of graduate school. Students must defend their Ph.D. thesis within five years of completion of Prelim Exam B.
Language Requirements No language requirements.
Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements For interdisciplinary or minor requirements, see http://www.cmp.wisc.edu/current/phd-interdisciplinary-minor.

Required Courses

Required Courses
Continuous Enrollment
PATH 900 Seminar (every semester enrolled)0
PATH 901 Student Seminar / Journal Club (every semester enrolled)1
PATH 990 Research (every semester enrolled)1-8
Coursework
PATH 750 Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology (spring semester, first year in program)3
PATH 802 Histopathology for Translational Scientists (fall semester, first year in program)3
PATH 803 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases (fall semester, second year in program)3
PATH 809 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (spring semester, second year in program)2
Choose one of the following Statistics courses:4
Statistical Methods for Bioscience I
Statistical Methods for Bioscience II
Choose one of the following Ethics courses: 1
Advanced or Special Topics in Cancer Research (Topic: Appropriate Conduct of Science)
Research Ethics and Career Development
MED HIST/​CRB  615 Regenerative Medicine Ethics and Society3
Elective Courses
Within the 16 required credits, students will take one elective course. This course is chosen by the student and the Ph.D. thesis committee. The goal of the elective course is for students to acquire additional broad knowledge in either pathology or their major area of research. For the elective course, students may take one of the following:
Cell and Molecular Biology of Aging
PATH 709
Equivalent course approved by the Ph.D. thesis committee

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Major-Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

Up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above from a UW–Madison undergraduate career are allowed to count toward the degree with committee approval. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as UW–Madison University Special students. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

ProbatioN

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

  1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).
  2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status).
  3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their advisor, scheduled by December 17 and completed by April 30. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on the student’s registration.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may by require to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Other

All students receive an annual stipend for $25,000 (2013–14 rate) for a 12-month appointment. It is the intention of the program to continue to award this stipend as a research assistantship throughout the student's Ph.D. studies. During rotation the stipend will be funded by the department. Once the student has selected a lab, the primary investigator will fund the student from grant funding. To receive the stipend, the student must maintain full-time status of 8–12 credits per semester.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

1. Gain a better understanding of the basic mechanisms of disease at the level of cell, organ, and body, as well as the morphologic expression patterns of selected common specific disease processes.

2. Articulates research problems, potentials, and limits with respect to theory, knowledge, and practice within the field of study.

3. Formulates ideas, concepts, designs, and techniques beyond the current boundaries of knowledge within the chosen field of study.

4. Creates research and scholarship that makes a substantive contribution.

5. Demonstrates breadth within their learning experiences.

6. Advances contributions of the field of study to society.

7. Communicates complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner.

8. Commit to increase professional growth and knowledge, to attend educational programs and to personally contribute expertise to meetings and journals.

9. Fosters ethical and professional conduct.

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