IU School of Medicine offers graduate-level medical education programs in a wide variety of research areas. Whether a student is pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree, seeking postdoctoral training, or supplementing a core area of expertise with a certificate or minor, IU School of Medicine faculty offer exceptional education and hand-on experience.

Faculty educators at IU School of Medicine are recognized experts, leading innovations in critical areas of medical research, including cancer, neuroscience, diabetes and cardiovascular-metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal health, intracellular pathogens, and infectious disease and host responses. Training with these world-class investigators prepares graduate students to be productive and progressive biomedical scientists.

IU School of Medicine offers a collaborative learning and working environment, where scientists are advancing medical research. Explore faculty labs and Research Connect to learn more.

Degree Programs

By developing and maintaining internationally recognized graduate programs and opportunities, IU School of Medicine aims to uplift future scientists and the research on which medicine rests. The Graduate Division of IU School of Medicine supports students seeking Masters- and PhD-level training and is continuously strengthening programs to ensure these students are poised for productive careers in medical research.

PhD Programs

PhD Programs

All first year PhD students have a shared experience through the IBMG program at IU School of Medicine. IU School of Medicine also offers PhD minors to provide additional training in a subspecialty area.


This MD/PhD combined degree program is for students committed to a career that intimately incorporates research with clinical care.
Education PhD Track

Education PhD Track

The Educational Research-based PhD Track prepares students for cutting-edge careers in biomedical research.
Masters Degrees

Masters Degrees

Master of Science degrees are offered through many IU School of Medicine academic departments.


IU School of Medicine offers four graduate-level certificates to provide supplemental training in research.
LGRAD Program

LGRAD Program

The Lilly Graduate Research Advanced Degrees (LGRAD) program is a collaborative initiative offered by IU School of Medicine and Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Co.

Exceptional Research Facilities with Accomplished Scientists

IU School of Medicine houses many labs for graduate students and postdocs; most are located on the school’s Indianapolis campus. The beneficial experience of working in a research lab while being near state-of-the-art teaching hospitals provides a strong foundation for the success of students and faculty.

Integrated PhD Study

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of modern biomedical research, the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) program for PhD study at IU School of Medicine offers a first-year experience for all IU School of Medicine biomedical science PhD students.

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Active Involvement

Weekly and monthly events, on and off campus, provide students, postdocs, faculty, staff and local science-based companies with a productive atmosphere for learning, networking and strengthening the local and national scientific community.

Professional Development

The IU School of Medicine Graduate Division provides professional and career development support for graduate students and postdocs. Through training and resource allocations administered by the Graduate Division, IU School of Medicine offers trainees professional growth opportunities; programs to advance practical career skills and interpersonal development; tools to strengthen self-direction and apply transferrable skills; and career exploration opportunities.

Graduate Students
Million in Training Grants
Graduate Certificates

Strength in Diversity

IU School of Medicine recognizes that the academic and scientific community benefits from diversity through the joint efforts of differing perspectives and backgrounds. Through programs such as Bridges to the Doctorate Initiative, Getting You into IU, Indiana University-HBCU STEM Initiative, and the Second Look Program—the Graduate Division recruits graduate students who bring diversity in background, outlook and interest—attributes that lead to a strong and productive working and learning environment. IU School of Medicine welcomes graduate students from diverse backgrounds influenced by such factors as ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

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