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Application Procedures for PhD/Residency Program

This program offers PhD-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 following pages: Anatomic Pathology ResidencyClinical Pathology ResidencyMicrobiology Residency, and Comparative Medicine ResidencyComparative Medicine has a different application process; please refer to the Comparative Medicine Residency page for further details.​

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 MIP 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.

Applications are evaluated as received and early submission is encouraged. No submissions will be accepted after October 15th. 

Please be aware, the correct term for the application will be Fall 2019 for positions beginning in July 2019; Fall 2019 application will be open as of the week of August 20th. 

Application to our graduate program involves submitting:

  1. The online application - All of your application material will be uploaded to the online application. Select Pathology (Ph.D.) as the program and list the Residency program you are applying to (Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Microbiology) as the Area of Study. You do not need to wait until all materials are received to submit the online application. In fact, it is recommended to submit the application as early on as possible, as this helps Admissions process and upload transcripts and other materials. The application fee does not need to be paid at time of submission, but will be required if selected for a position. 

  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended, including undergraduate work and transfer credits. Official transcripts from CSU are not required. Official electronic transcripts are accepted and preferred, when available. Please use gradadmissions@​ when requesting electronic official transcripts..

  3. Three letters of reference from individuals able to evaluate your abilities (your references will upload letters directly to the online application).

  4. GRE scores are recommended (a copy of your original scores is sufficient and can be uploaded to the online application).

  5. Letter of Intent/statement of interest in the program that outlines: your motivation for applying to this program, your relevant clinical experiences, and any research experience you have had. It should include information regarding your specific area of interest in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology as well as potential areas of research in which you would like to work. On the online application this is referred to as a 'statement of purpose'.

  6. Biographical sketch or resume/Curriculum Vitae.

  7. A TOEFL or IELTS score (international 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.

For any documents that cannot be uploaded electronically to the online application, submit paper copies to the Office of Admissions at this address:

Graduate Admissions 
Colorado State University
Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

For questions regarding applications, please email ​​.​​​​​​​

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