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Master of Science Degree

Indiana University School of Medicine offers Masters degree programs in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology with three different learning tracks that prepare students for successful careers in research or education, or entry into professional clinical programs of study such as medicine, occupational therapy or physical therapy. These are independent degrees and not required as a prerequisite for the Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology doctoral degrees.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the IU School of Medicine Master’s degree program in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology should have a bachelor’s degree in the sciences—with a minimum GPA of 3.0—or a substantial knowledge base in these disciplines as well as scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT). Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international applicants.

Applicants applying with MCAT or DAT scores must attach score reports to the application as a separate document or email to the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology.

Clinical or Research MS: Official college transcripts should be sent directly from the institution(s) to IU School of Medicine, Medical Science Building 5035, 635 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120.

Preprofessional MS: Official college transcripts should be sent directly from the institution(s) to IU School of Medicine, Attn: Dr. Adam Goodwill, 635 Barnhill Dr., Room MS 2067, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120.

Applicants must submit a personal statement that describes their career interests and indicates which track (research, clinical anatomy or preprofessional) they are applying to pursue. The application also requires three letters of recommendation from professors or other academics who can assess the applicant’s educational preparation and suitability for graduate study. If applying for the Research Track, applicants must submit a letter from an identified mentor within the IU School of Medicine Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology.

The Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology Masters degree programs have a rolling admissions process. Each program has application periods and start-date options.

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The Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology Masters degree programs have a rolling admissions process. Students interested in beginning studies during the following academic year must apply by June 15.

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Research MS

Research MS

Applications for the Research MS are accepted September 15 through April 15. Students may begin studies either in the fall or spring semester.
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Education MS

Education MS

Applications for the MS Clinical Anatomy Track are accepted January 15 through April 15. Students begin in the fall semester only.
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Preprofessional MS

Preprofessional MS

Applications for the Preprofessional MS are accepted year-round but should be submitted by July 15 for admission in the fall semester of the same year. Students begin in the fall semester only.
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Graduation Requirements

All tracks of the Master’s program in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology require a total of 30 credit hours for the degree, but the Research Track requires more time in research.

Students in the Research Track are expected to begin their investigational work during the first semester. Research Track students are expected to complete a larger research project related to their focus and enter a PhD program after earning their Master’s degree.