Diagnostic Cytopathology, M.Sc. | Rutgers University | Newark, United States
12 months
1209 USD/credit 51987 USD/year
1209 USD/credit 51987 USD/year
806 USD/credit 34658 USD/year
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Rutgers University provides the only accredited program preparing diagnostic cytologists in New Jersey through the Diagnostic Cytopathology program. A career as a diagnostic cytologist is ideal for BS degree holders in the biological, or health sciences looking to pursue career paths in advanced health care practice.


Explore Programs in Diagnostic Cytopathology Offered at Rutgers

We’ve revised our entry-level curriculum to reflect changes in the movement to diagnostic cytology practice and shortened the time frame for completion from 5 to 4 semesters. Our entry-level program admission requirements were also modified to provide broader access to applicants from diverse educational backgrounds to our program and a career in diagnostic cytology.

Advanced practice diagnostic cytologists are integral to providing anatomic pathology services. The Diagnostic Cytopathology program of Rutgers University teaches students to microscopically examine cells for malignancies, precancerous cells, and infectious diseases.

Diagnostic cytologists work closely with pathologists, other laboratory professionals, and clinicians in hospital and reference laboratories, cancer centers, biopharma corporations, and research and academic institutions to provide precision treatment and personalized patient care.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Pathophysiology and Histopathology
  • Cytopreparatory Laboratory Techniques
  • Diagnostic Cytology
  • Molecular Cytopathology
  • Advanced Techniques

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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43 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university*
  • A minimum of 28 credits of coursework in biology, chemistry and the health sciences taken within 7 years of planned enrollment to the program: 3 credits of precalculus or calculus, 3 credits of statistics
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for science courses
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions attended
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Personal essay addressing career goals and reasons for pursuing the MS-CLS Cytopathology Program.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors, supervisors, lab managers, pathologist, and/or anyone with knowledge to evaluate the applicant’s academic and professional performance.
  • Personal interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51987 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1209 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    51987 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1209 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    34658 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 806 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Newark

935 - 1600 USD /month
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