PhD Admissions

IU School of Medicine considers all 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 relevant research experience. A competitive qualification for an applicant is a research project conducted outside of a class lasting six weeks or longer in which the applicant designs and conducts experiments, interprets data, and poses questions. Experience with presenting research results at a conference or publishing an abstract/paper are also advantageous qualifications for PhD applicants.

Applicants should have a B or better in coursework. A grade of C+ or lower must be addressed in the personal statement portion of the application. Psychology courses are not prerequisites.

How to Apply

Prospective students begin the application process by completing the application. Applicants must submit a personal statement; three letters of recommendation; and official transcripts, mark sheets, and/or diplomas and degree certificates from all universities (including native language) and Official English Translations. Official copies from the Registrar may be accepted; however, matriculates must have an official transcript on file. GRE or MCAT scores must be sent to IU School of Medicine by the testing organization.

International students must provide proof of English proficiency. Find out which countries are exempt from proof of English proficiency

All applicants must also complete department questions and complete the PhD Qualifying Exam form

If applicable, prospective PhD students should submit proof of participation in recruitment programs, such as a letter from the director of the program (McNair, LSAMP, Herbert fellows, Bridges to the Doctorate, AmeriCorps, etc.). If applicable, immigration documentation is also required.

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

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 PhD programs 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 * ^
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August 2017
Date TBD
Indiana 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 2017
Date TBD
DePauw Graduate School Fair *Greencastle, IN
September 19, 2017Hanover College Graduate School FairHanover, IN
September 21, 2017IUPUI Graduate School FairIndianapolis, IN
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
September 26, 2017University of Evansville Graduate School FairEvansville, IN
October 2017
Date TBD
Butler University * ^Indianapolis, IN
October 3, 2017BIOMED Virtual Grad School Fair * ^
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October 6-8, 2017LSMCE Annual ConferenceIndianapolis, IN
October 17, 2017Ball State University *Muncie, IN
October 19-21, 2017SACNAS 2016 * ^Salt Lake City, UT
October 19-21, 201726th Annual Ronald E. McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair*Schaumberg, IL
November 201745th Autumn Immunology Conference * ^ #TBD
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
April 26, 2018BIOMED Virtual Fair * ^
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* 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

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

Graduate students can find information about student health insurance through the Indiana University Human Resources office. Students interesting in waiving the university’s plan must complete the Health Insurance Waiver form.

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.

Communication with the professor is key, and viewing the Open Lab List is highly recommended.

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