Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology

MS Research Track

This two-year program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in biomedical research and can serve as either a terminal degree or as preparation for PhD studies.


Program applicants must have completed a comprehensive series of graduate-level courses on the fundamentals of modern research biology (including G715, G716, G717, G817, G855, G505) as well as two years of D861 (seminar), electives and at least 12 hours of D860 (research) with completion of a laboratory-based thesis or research paper. Participation in this program does not require the traditional anatomical courses.

The Anatomy and Cell Biology Master’s degree programs have a rolling admissions process. Applications for the Research Track are accepted September 15 through April 15 and are considered only after the applicant reaches a mentoring agreement with an IU School of Medicine faculty member. Students may begin studies either in the fall or spring semester.


Fall Year 1G715 Biomed Sci I (3)
G716 Biomed Sci II (3)
G717 Biomed Sci III (3)
Students in the Research Track are encouraged to begin their research project as soon as possible.
Spring Year 1G817 Cell Biology (2)
D861 Seminar (1)
D860 Research (3)
Electives (0-3)
D861 Seminar meets in both Fall and Spring semesters, but registration does not occur until Spring.
Summer Year 1D860 Research (3)
Fall Year 2G855 Biostatistics (1)
G505 Research Ethics (1)
D860 Research (3)
Electives (0-3)
Spring Year 2D861 Seminar (1)
D860 Research (3)
Electives (0-3)
Summer Year 2D860 Research (0-3)
Research HoursAt least 12 hours of D860 ResearchThe Research Track requires completion of a laboratory research project.
ElectivesAdditional graduate-level courses, including at least 12 hours and not more than 15 hours of D860 Research
Total Credit Hours30
Final ProjectsThesis or paper about laboratory-based research
Final ExaminationOral, based on thesis or paper
Final Examination CommitteeThree members of ACB graduate faculty