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 can complete the application process by submitting the following:

  • Personal statement
  • CV/ resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE or MCAT scores (preferred, but not required)
  • 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)
  • Immigration documentation (if applicable)

Recruitment programs include McNair, LSAMP, Herbert fellows, Bridges to the Doctorate, AmeriCorps, etc. Applicants can 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 who has both a professional and direct knowledge of the applicant. All letters of recommendation are due by the December 15 application deadline. Find additional details related to Letters of Recommendation for PhD program admissions.

A personal statement (no word limit) should include:

  • Research and faculty interest
  • Personal characteristics and abilities
  • 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














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