PhD Admissions

IU School of Medicine considers all complete applications to the graduate admissions office, and admission decisions are made based on an applicant’s ability to demonstrate likelihood of having a successful and productive graduate school experience at IU School of Medicine.

Admissions decisions are based on individualized review of qualifications and experience. Factors considered may include undergraduate and graduate degrees held, quality and nature of coursework, interview(s), CV, research and overall knowledge and experience, scores on standardized tests (GRE or MCAT, TOEFL or other proof of English Proficiency) and undergraduate/graduate GPA(s), personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PhD program must have in-depth research experience in the natural sciences, conducted outside of a class. The successful applicant has experience in designing and conducting experiments, interpreting data, and formally presenting the results.

PhD applicants are expected to have a strong background in the sciences; however, there are no formal course requirements for the IU School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) program. A bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences is strongly recommended. Courses and associated lab experiences that provide the required background for graduate course work include, but are not limited to: biology, physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and genetics that fulfill the requirements for a science major curriculum. Applicants must address any grade lower than “B” in the Personal Statement.

How to Apply

Prospective students begin the application process by completing the application. Applicants must submit a personal statement; CV/ resume; three letters of recommendation; GRE or MCAT scores; Proof of English proficiency; supplemental department questions; all official education documents (transcripts, marksheets, diploma and degree certificates); proof of participation in recruitment programs (if applicable); and immigration documentation (if applicable).

Recruitment programs include McNair, LSAMP, Herbert fellows, Bridges to the Doctorate, AmeriCorps, etc

Use the Application Management for Students tool to follow-up with application processes.

Letters of recommendation should come from a lab mentor, PI, or senior lab researcher with a PhD whom have both a professional and direct knowledge of the applicant. Current or recent academic instructors and/or employers (with direct knowledge of the applicant) are also accepted. Letters from friends, lab mates, coworkers, priests or irrelevant instructors, faculty, or administrators are not accepted. All letters of recommendation are due by the December 15 application deadline.

One of the following means can be used to submit letters of recommendation:

  • Applicant completes and submits application before deadline allowing time for recommenders to complete using the electronic system (preferred).
  • Recommenders email recommendations to
  • Recommenders mail recommendations directly to the Graduate Division in a sealed envelope with signature on the seal of the envelope.
  • Applicant collects letters of recommendation in a sealed envelope with a recommender’s signature on the seal and mails directly to the Graduate Division.

A personal statement (no word limit) should include:

  • Personal characteristics and abilities
  • Research and faculty interest
  • Career objectives
  • Preparation for graduate study
  • Explanation for any problems or inconsistencies in academic records
  • Explanation of desire to enroll in the IBMG Program for PhD Study at IU School of Medicine

Application Fee

U. S. citizens or permanent residents with bachelor degree(s) earned in U.S.

International applications or U.S. citizens or permanent residents with bachelor degree(s) earned outside of U.S.



Test Scores

Average test scores from applicants to the IU School of Medicine IBMG Program for PhD Study are provided in the table below.

Domestic students International students
GPA3.56Varies depending on institution














PhD Recruitment Schedule

February 18, 2017Indiana Physiology ConferenceIndianapolis, IN
March 3, 2017Indiana University Health Programs FairBloomington, IN
March 12-16, 2017Society of Toxicology Annual Conference & Grad Fair * #Baltimore, MD
April 6-8, 2017National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2017University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
April 24, 2017Indiana University STEM Programs
Science Careers: What Can I Be with a PhD?
Bloomington, IN
June 2, 2017IPREP Research TourIndianapolis, IN
July 17, 2017University of the District of Columbia
MBTI with Research Faculty
Washington, DC
July 18, 2017NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair #Bethesda, MD
July 19, 2017Trinity Washington University
Advisor Outreach
Washington, DC
July 25, 2017BIOMED Virtual Fair * ^


August 4, 2017Indiana University School of Medicine, MS1 Orientation Fair *Indianapolis, IN
August 11, 2017Indiana University School of Medicine, Genetic Counseling Open House & GC101 *Indianapolis, IN
August 31, 2017IUPUI IPREP Brown Bag Lunch
Science Careers: What Can I Be with a PhD?
Indianapolis, IN
September 12, 2017BIOMED Virtual Fair for Persons with Disabilities
 September 14, 2017DePauw Graduate School Fair *Greencastle, IN
September 19, 2017Hanover College Graduate School FairHanover, IN
September 21, 2017IUPUI Graduate School FairIndianapolis, IN
September 22, 2017MKN McNair Heartland Research ConferenceKansas City, MO
September 25, 2017Big 10 Graduate School Expo * ^Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
September 25, 2017Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Graduate School FairTerre Haute, IN
September 26, 2017Earlham College Graduate School Fair *Richmond, IN
October 3, 2017BIOMED Virtual Grad School Fair * ^
October 6-8, 2017LSMCE Annual ConferenceIndianapolis, IN
October 18, 2017Ball State University Graduate and Professional School Day  *Muncie, IN
October 19, 2017Ball State University Health Professional Graduate School Day *Muncie, IN
October 19-21, 2017SACNAS 2017 * ^Salt Lake City, UT
October 19-21, 201726th Annual Ronald E. McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair*Schaumberg, IL
November 1-4, 2017ABRCMS National Conference * ^Phoenix, AZ
November 4, 2017West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference & Graduate School Fair *Grand Rapids, MI
November 11-14, 2017Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference & Graduate Fair * #Washington, DC
November 17-20, 201745th Autumn Immunology Conference * ^ #Chicago, IL
April 26, 2018BIOMED Virtual Fair * ^

* One or more current graduate students will be present to talk with students.
^ One or more faculty members will be present to talk with students.
# One or more alumni will be present to talk with students.

PhD Admissions FAQ

The IUPUI Graduate Office offers easy steps to begin the application process.

No. Students are required provide their own housing on or off campus.

No. Acceptance for the PhD program is granted for fall semester entry only.

The Office of International Affairs offers great resources on financial information for international applicants.

The GRE subject test isn’t required for admission; however, if submitted, the results for the GRE subject test are added to an applicant’s file for consideration.

No. Test scores must be sent to IU School of Medicine from the testing service for the scores to be considered official.

Yes! Please review the IU School of Medicine IBMG Student Handbook for PhD study.