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 An anatomic pathology resident studies quietly in one of the Diagnostic Medicine Center's breakrooms.

Application Procedures for PhD/Residency Program

This program offers Ph.D.-level research in combination with residency training in anatomical or clinical pathology, microbiology, and comparative medicine. Completion of this program satisfies the requirements to take the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the American College of Microbiologists, and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

For a more detailed description of the specific programs please view the Anatomic Pathology Residency Page, the Clinical Pathology Residency Page, the Microbiology Residency Page, and the Comparative Medicine Residency Page.

The application process begins with a letter of intent, which should outline your motivation for applying to this program, your relevant clinical experiences, and any research experience you have had. We suggest you peruse the departmental website for laboratories with research programs of interest to you. The interview process will include meetings with the relevant clinical faculty, current residents, the Graduate Education Coordinator, and research faculty. If you are invited for an interview, you will be given the opportunity to identify research faculty with whom you would like to meet, so that you get a sample of the research options available for your PhD program

Application to our graduate program involves submitting:

  1. Two original official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official electronic transcripts are accepted. Please use ​when requesting those.

  2. Three letters of reference and completed reviewer evaluation forms from individuals able to evaluate your abilities.

  3. GRE scores are recommended (a copy of your original scores is sufficient).

  4. A statement of your interest in the graduate program and a summary of career goals. Your statement of interest should include information regarding your specific area of interest in Microbiology, Immunology and/or Pathology and potential areas of research in which you would like to work

  5. Biographical sketch or resume.

  6. A TOEFL or IELTS score (foreign applicants only)

International or Non-U.S. Citizens

We do have international students pursuing graduate degrees in our department, however, these positions are limited since their availability depends on:

  1. The capacity of the student's government to provide a living stipend, tuition, and fees;


  2. The availability of departmental faculty and research projects. Therefore, we are unable to accept applicants for graduate education without a specific faculty sponsor pre-identified.

Please submit application materials to:

Heidi Runge
Residency Programs Contact
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Tel. 970-491-1630

Application materials may be submitted electronically to: ​​

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