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A student may choose to complete a thesis for their Master of Science in Medical and Molecular Genetics degree requirements. In addition to completing the course requirements, students can either: 1) prepare and defend a Master’s thesis, or 2) with the approval of the department, a first authorship in a refereed publication may substitute for a formal thesis. Helpful degree progression information.
Each student selects an advisor and an advisory committee to guide and supervise the student. The committee typically consists of at least three faculty members in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.
In addition to completing the electronic application, supplemental information (GRE/TOEFL scores, transcript(s) and letters of recommendation (if the referee prefers not to complete an online recommendation) should be mailed separately to: Education Program Manager, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, 975 W. Walnut Street, IB-130, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5251.
If unable to apply online, applicants can email the Education Program Manager.
Particularly strong applicants have explored the profession of Medical and Molecular Genetics through extracurricular experiences—such as working part-time in a research lab or taking research oriented courses. Decisions for admission are based on review of application materials and the outcome of interviews, extended to a portion of candidates. Offers for acceptance are given during the spring.
PhD Students Scaling Back to MS Degree
If a student starts in the IBMG PhD program but wishes to obtain a terminal MS degree, the following courses from that program will count toward the MS degree in Medical Genetics.
G715 Biomed I (Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes): 3 credits
G716 Biomed II (Molecular Biology and Genetics): 3 credits
G717 Biomed III (Cellular Basis of Systems Biology): 3 credits
G655 Research Communications Seminar: 1 credit
G724-727 Open admission Medical Genetics electives: 1 credit
G855 Experimental Design and Research Biostatistics: 1 credit
OR G651 Biostatistics I: 3 credits
G504 Introduction to Research Ethics: 2 credits
OR G505 Responsible Conduct of Research: 1 credit
Q625 Introduction to Clinical Genetics: 1 credit
G580 Basic Human Genetics: 3 credits
G640 Special Topics in MMGE: 1 credit
Students are required to complete the required number of total course credits for the MS degree (36 credits for non-thesis option, with at least seven credits allowed in research credits). By the time a student has decided to stop with an MS degree, if the student has taken Q625, he/she has the option to also take Q610. If the student has taken Q626, Q627 or Q628, he or she may not take Q612, Q620 and Q630. If the student has not taken Q626, Q627 or Q628, it is recommended that they take Q612, Q620 or Q630 instead. However, a student may take any combination of the one- or three-credit courses but not both of Q626 and Q612, Q627 and Q620, or Q628 and Q630. Students from the IBMG program are not required to take Q580 if they have passed Q716 with a grade of B (3.0 or better).
Financial Aid and Support
The Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics does not offer financial support for students in the Master’s program. However, students may be eligible for financial aid and should contact the IUPUI Office of Financial Services for more information.