The Medical Sciences Program in Bloomington is unique among the IU School of Medicine campuses in that it educates medical students seeking an MD as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Bloomington offers a Big 10 learning environment on an iconic campus.

With six major hospitals housing about 2000 beds, medical students in Evansville have access to physician educators in a range of medical specialties. An expanded residency program here will provide more than 100 new graduate medical education positions over the next few years.

The Fort Wayne campus offers clinical education in both rural and urban communities through two large hospital systems serving the region. A Student Research Fellowship Program offers med students nine weeks of summer research experience.

Students and faculty in Indianapolis benefit from close proximity to some of Indiana’s largest teaching hospitals and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. This campus offers medical education in the heart of one of the most progressive and economically healthy cities in the United States.

Muncie is the School’s only campus that’s located on hospital property, giving medical students a front-row four-year medical education with all the amenities that come with being located near the campus of Ball State University, a bustling college environment.

Located in a highly populated urban region just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, the Gary campus offers medical students unparalleled access to clinical care at 11 major teaching hospitals housing 2800 beds. An expanded residency program in Gary will accommodate more than 100 new graduate medical education positions.

IU School of Medicine-South Bend is located on the campus of Notre Dame, offering a rich campus life in a traditionally collegiate community. Students here gain clinical care experience at the Navari Student Outreach Clinic, and external funding for faculty research exceeds $2 million per year.

Known for its rural medical education program, IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute meets the increased need for physicians to serve rural communities throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. This unique four-year medical school program emphasizes primary care and other specialties of need in rural communities.

Located on the campus of Purdue University, the West Lafayette campus offers a Big Ten campus atmosphere and opportunities to supplement the MD curriculum with research experience in the collaborative labs and research centers here. This IU School of Medicine campus offers on-campus housing to med students.


Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program

Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology PhD

The Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology graduate program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that involves faculty and researchers from multiple departments on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The emphasis of the program is on the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to the proliferative growth associated with cancer. The primary objective of this graduate program is to train independent research investigators who can make contributions to their fields of knowledge while working in academic/ government institutions or industry laboratories. In addition, students are given the opportunity to explore a multitude of other career possibilities while working toward their degree.

Program Details

A total of 90 credit hours are required for partial fulfillment of the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology PhD degree. Of these, 24.5 credits are earned by completing the course requirements for the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology major (see below). An additional 6-12 credits are earned by completing the requirements for the minor, depending on type. All remaining credits are earned through enrollment in M800, independent thesis research. Find course descriptions in the University Graduate Bulletin.

BIOC-B 501 Integrated Biochemistry
BIOL-L 585 Genetics and Bioinformatics
MSCI-M 510 Research Methods 
BIOL-L 523 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
MSCI-M 580 Molecular Biology of Cancer
MSCI-M 509 Basics of Scientific Communication
BIOL-Z 620 Grant Writing
MSCI-M6XX Precision Medicine of Cancer 
MSCI-M 550 Seminar in Cancer Biology 
MSCI-M 800 Research

Explore the University Graduate Bulletin for details, including minor, advisory committee, qualifying examination and final examination requirements.

The application deadline for the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington is December 1. Admission requirements include:

  • The equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in the sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular/Cell Biology) from a recognized institution of higher education
  • A completed University Graduate School application.
  • GRE  general test (An advanced test is not required.)
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended (Official copies from the Registrar may be accepted for the review process, but an official transcript must be on file for matriculates.)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Non-refundable $55 application fee

When completing the online application, make the following selections in the Intended Program and Plan section:

What type of degree do you intend to pursue?Doctoral/PhD
Academic ProgramIU Medical Sciences
Academic PlanCell, Molecular and Cancer Biology
Are you applying to a dual degree program?Yes or No

For more detailed instructions, please see information for Domestic Applicants or International Applicants. International applicants can also seek assistance from the Office of International Services. Request a paper copy of the application for international students by emailing

Applicants who wish to pursue a combined MD/PhD degree must be accepted by both IU School of Medicine and the University Graduate School.

All students admitted to the PhD program at IU School of Medicine—Bloomington receive some form of stipend to cover living expenses during the academic year and summer. Financial support is guaranteed for five years and may come in the form of a Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, Training Grant or Fellowship. The University provides student health insurance.

Examples of financial support include:

  • Individual grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Pre-doctoral fellowships from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • The Duone and Eunice Dahl Wright Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Many advanced graduate students are supported as Research Assistants by a grant to the research lab in which they are working. Most laboratories are funded by one to three grants from the NIH, American Cancer Society and/or the Department of Defense.
  • Associate Instructorships (teaching assistantships) are available for eligible students and require a maximum of 20 hours teaching-related duties per week. Download Application