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MS Comparative Medicine


The Masters Program in Comparative Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) is intended to provide graduate research training specifically for individuals holding the DVM degree.

The Master of Science in Comparative Medicine is administered through the Section on Comparative Medicine, which is a division of the Department of Pathology at WFSM. The primary mission of the Section on Comparative Medicine is to provide an academic base for faculty who care for and/or who study animal models of human disease in programs of research designed to better understand problems of human health.

Integral to its mission is the Department's commitment to pre- and postdoctoral education and training in the areas of comparative medicine and molecular and cellular pathobiology. This mission is facilitated by the unique nature of our animal facilities and training faculty's expertise in working with animal models.

Major interests include cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, behavioral biology such as depression and anxiety, women's health/reproductive medicine, nutrition, comparative pathology, and substance abuse.

Program Goals

This program is available as an alternative for individuals who hold a DVM degree and are interested in pursuing a career in research or laboratory animal medicine.

Graduate Program Faculty

The graduate program faculty includes individuals with a wide range of interests and variety of research expertise.

Program Details

The Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires all Masters candidates to take 30 credit hours of coursework. For the MS in Comparative Medicine, these credits will consist of the following:

  • CM 703 (3 credits) Diseases of Laboratory Animals
  • CM 704 (3 credits) Animal Models in Biomedical Research
  • HSEP730 (3 credits) Introduction to Statistics
  • CM 709, 710 (6 credits) Advanced Topics in Comparative Medicine
  • CM 713, 714 (6 credits) Research
  • TBD (3 credits) Course related to candidate's research interest

If the candidate already has sufficient experience in basic statistics, alternative course may be substituted with approval of the Program Director. Such courses may include Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, or other higher level statistics classes with a minimum of 3 credit hours. In addition to their coursework, Masters degree candidates will be required to organize a thesis committee, submit a written thesis based on original research performed by the candidate, and orally defend this work. The graduate research is expected to result in at least one first-author manuscript for publication.

The anticipated time for completion of the Masters Program is 3 years.

Financial support is available for qualified individuals who already have received a DVM degree. Applicants who have other degrees may wish to consider alternate programs where funding is available.


Student performance is evaluated in accordance with the requirements outlined in the Graduate School Bulletin.

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