Master’s Degree Pre-Professional Program

The Master of Science degree program offered by the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at IU School of Medicine is specifically designed for graduates with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree who wish to improve their academic credentials and their chances of successful admission to medical and other professional schools. This program has existed for more than 20 years, and students who participate in the program benefit by demonstrating to professional schools evidence of strong motivation, ability to do well and succeed in a demanding graduate curriculum and excellent preparation in biomedical sciences.

This is an intensive three-semester program designed for students wishing to pursue advanced positions in academic research institutions, industrial settings and professional schools. Students entering this program enhance knowledge of cellular and integrated physiology through coursework and research, helping prepare for jobs in biomedical research, industry, small colleges and other professions. In addition, this program serves students wishing to improve academic qualifications for entry into professional schools such as medical or dental schools.


The Master of Science degree pathway requires a total of 30 credits for completion—with a final GPA of 3.0 required for the degree to be awarded. Both a research and a non-research option are available for this degree. Students must have completed the following required courses: BIOC-B 500 Biochemistry (3 credits), PBHL-B 561 Biostatistics (3 credits), PHSL-F 503 Basic Human Physiology (5 credits), PHSL-F 702 Seminar (1 credit for two semesters). Elective courses (to total 30 credits).

FallBIOC-B 500 Biochemistry (3 credits)*

PBHL-B 561 Biostatistics (3 credits)*#

PHSL-F 503 Basic Human Physiology (5 credits)*

PHSL-F 702 Seminar in Physiology (1 credits)*

Electives (total 3 credits)

Enroll in B-561 Biostatistics for summer and reduce course load to 12 credits.
SpringPHSL-F 702 Seminar in Physiology (1 credits)*

Electives (14 credits)

Enroll in PHSL-F 701 Research in Physiology (4 credits) as an option to reduce didactic course load.

Total Credits Required for MS Degree: 30
*required course
#online course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.


Elective courses must be graduate level (500 or higher) that are relevant to the MS degree in Cellular and Integrative Physiology. Electives may be from any of the clinical science schools on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus, including IUPUI School of Science, IU School of Health and Rehabilitation, IU School of Informatics and Computing, IU School of Public Health and IU School of Medicine.

Research Option

Students may also enroll in four credits of F701 Research in Physiology if wishing to incorporate a research experience toward the degree. The research credits may be taken in the spring semester and reduces the didactic spring course load requirement to 11 credits.

Financial Aid and Support

The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology does not offer financial support to students in the master’s program. However, students may be eligible for financial aid and should contact the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants to the MS Pre-Professional Program must have completed a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum science GPA of 3.0. Recommended MCAT test score: combined total of greater than 497 (new test) and taken within the last three years. Recommended GRE test score: 50 percent or greater in quantitative, verbal and analytical and taken within the last five years. Recommended DAT test score: minimum total of 17 and taken within the last three years.

Applicants can estimate tuition and fees through the Bursar Office. In the program selection option, applicants to the MS Pre-Professional Program should select “All Other Graduate Programs.”

Admissions Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. For fall semester admission, the online application must be submitted by June 30. Applications in progress as of June 30 are allowed a maximum of two weeks for completion of the application, including receipt of transcripts, national exam scores, and three letters of recommendation. The application review process normally requires 2-3 weeks. IU School of Medicine sends a decision notification by email and USPS.

Applicants interested in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology master’s degree program should make the following selections:

Type of DegreeMasters
Academic ProgramCellular and Integrative Physiology (IU Graduate School)
Academic PlanCellular and Integrative Physiology MS Track
 Are you applying to a dual degree program?No
 TermSelect the appropriate term.

A complete application contains an online admissions application, application fee ($60 non-refundable fee), personal statement, three letters of recommendation. All letters must evaluate capabilities for success in graduate school, not medical school. After submitting the online admissions application, program applicants should email Adam Goodwill, PhD, to notify of submission. Note: THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR DOMESTIC MS APPLICANTS ONLY (U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have obtained a U.S. bachelor’s degree).

Electronic or hard copies of application documents (transcripts, GRE or MCAT scores, letters of recommendation) or other correspondence should be sent to Adam Goodwill, PhD.

Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities are required, including transfer credits. Transcripts should indicate that a bachelor’s degree has been awarded and the date awarded unless students are currently enrolled in the degree-granting program. In this case, a current transcript is acceptable. Electronic or hard copy transcripts are acceptable.

Official MCAT, GRE or DAT scores are required. Applicants should send verifiable copies of scores as a PDF file or hard copy to the MS Program director and include all score categories (e.g. for GRE, include verbal, quantitative and analytical). If MCAT, GRE OR DAT scores are not available at the time of application, email a copy to Adam Goodwill, PhD, when they become available.

A personal statement must be uploaded as part of the online application. Applicants should explain why they want to enter the MS program in context of future goals are and how this program can help advance training needs. A description of undergraduate and graduate (if appropriate) background is helpful. This could include field of study, courses most liked, any gaps that need filling (such as a missed course needed for future goals). Any problems or inconsistencies that resulted in poor grades or semesters should be addressed. Any personal information that contributes to academic performance is helpful.

Recommendation letters should comment on how long and in what capacity the referee has known the applicant; how many students the referee has known at the applicant’s level; and the candidate’s intellectual potential, creativity and originality, knowledge in chosen field, ability to work independently and with a team, maturity, motivation for graduate study, writing ability, oral expression, integrity and overall potential for graduate studies in biomedical sciences. All letters must focus on admission to a graduate program and evaluate the applicant’s capabilities for success in graduate school. Referees may either utilize the electronic submission option found on the online application or email recommendations to Adam Goodwill, PhD.

Sources for recommendations include current or recent academic instructors and/or employers with direct knowledge of the applicant. Letters from friends, dorm RAs, lab mates, coworkers, priests and other personal relations are not acceptable. Combined letters from a recommendation committee or distribution service is also acceptable if they are directed toward graduate school admission.

A valid credit or debit card and its security code from the back of the card (CCV) is required.

MS Application materials can be sent to Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, MS program director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Medical Science Building, Room 2067, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 (