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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington:

Is financial support available

  • Are there opportunities for a waiver of the non-refundable application fee?
    Yes, you may request a fee waiver for the application through the B1G Academic Alliance. Additional opportunities for application fee waivers are available through the Indiana University Graduate School. For more information, contact Judy Post.
  • Can I apply online?
    Yes, students apply through the Indiana University Graduate School as described on the Applying for Admission page.
  • Can I contact individual faculty about the CMCB program if I am interested in their work?
    Yes! Program faculty are happy to receive emails from prospective trainees and to answer any questions about the work within their laboratory or the program in general. Individuals considering applying to the program are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty member directly in which they have potential interest in working with.
  • Can the IELTS be used in place of the TOEFL?
    Yes, the IELTS can be used in place of the TOEFL. For the IELTS, a score of 7.0 is recommended.
  • Do I need to know what type of research I want to do when I start
    No, lab rotations and courses during the first year of the program will give you an opportunity to explore different types of research before you have to select your dissertation lab and project.
  • Do I need to submit official transcripts with my application?
    No, for the application process you may submit unofficial transcripts. However, if you are chosen for an interview and an offer for admission, the official transcripts will need to be sent before the offer for admission can be made.
  • Do I need to take the GRE exam?
    No, the GRE test is no longer required.
  • Does the Cell Molecular and Cancer Biology Program conduct applicant interviews
    Yes, the program selects qualified domestic candidates to visit Bloomington (at the school’s expense) to visit on a Friday-Saturday Graduate Recruiting Weekend (GRW) in February.
  • Does the program interview international applicants
    Yes, international students residing in the U.S. are eligible for in-person interviews if selected by the admissions committee. Selected applicants residing outside of the U.S. will be interviewed via Skype or phone.
  • Is financial support available
    Yes. All students who are admitted are offered full tuition coverage and a stipend. Financial support is guaranteed for five years as long as the student maintains good standing.
  • Is health insurance provided?
    Yes, graduate students are eligible for the Indiana University health insurance.
  • Is the TOEFL required for international applicants
    Yes, the TOEFL exam is required for international applicants. Please send TOEFL scores to Indiana University Graduate School using code 1324. If the applicant has completed a degree in the US, this requirement is waived.
  • What is the application deadline
    December 1.
  • What is the current stipend
    The current stipend is $27,000 per year.