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Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant

Pathologists' assistants play a key role in making diagnoses. In both the surgical and forensic realm, responsibilities can include examination and dissection of anatomic pathology specimens, postmortem examinations, laboratory management and instruction. In the U.S., the average annual base salary for pathologists' assistants was more than $83,000 in 2018.

Attention spring 2023 applicants!

Due to issues with the Wayne State Graduate School application system (GradCAS), we are extending the deadline to apply to the Master of Pathologists' Assistant program to March 1, 2023, and we will not be using GradCAS for this application cycle. 

Please use the following procedure to apply for the cohort that begins in spring 2023: 

  • Complete the online application at
    • Priority application deadline: Jan. 15. Prospective students who have submitted a complete application by Jan. 15 will be reviewed at that time and, if applicable, interviewed by mid-February. Admissions decisions are typically communicated to applicants one week following their interview.
    • Final application deadline: March 1.
  • Email all supporting documentation to Robert Hellar at

Admission requirements remain the same. If you have already applied via GradCAS, you do not need to reapply using the alternate application form. However, any outstanding supporting documentation should be emailed to Robert Hellar

Because Wayne State is one of just 13 accredited programs in North America that trains students in this highly specialized field, there is a highly competitive admissions process to fill 12-14 spots each year. Those who are selected prepare for their career through comprehensive experiential learning. After rotating through a broad spectrum of clinical environments, 100% of students are employed within six months of graduation.

Our mission is to educate highly qualified professional pathologists' assistants who are highly competent and exceed standards of practice in surgical and autopsy pathology as required in hospital and medicolegal facilities.

A bachelor's degree is required. The program begins spring semester, which starts in May. The application deadline is January 15, and all prerequisite coursework must be complete by December 30.

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The Pathologists' Assistant program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. The phone number is 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, and the fax number is 773-714-8886.

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