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PhD Admissions

The Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program is the umbrella program for entry into one of the ten biomedical science doctoral programs at Indiana University School of Medicine–Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Medical Neuroscience, Microbiology and Immunology, Musculoskeletal Health, Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology.

These programs cover thematic research in areas such as behavioral neuroscience, bioengineering, cancer biology, cell and developmental biology, computational biology and bioinformatics, diabetes and metabolic disorders, environmental health, gene transfer and gene therapy, genomic medicine, immunology and hematology, infectious disease, inflammation and infection, musculoskeletal biology, neurodegeneration, neuroimaging, ophthalmology, pain, renal biology, signal transduction, stem cell biology, structural biology, tissue injury, vascular biology and viral and bacterial pathogenesis.


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Priority Deadline: December 1

Final Deadline: January 3

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Admissions Process

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.

The IBMG Admissions Committee reviews, interviews and admits on a rolling basis. Video interviews for those outside of the United States and in-person interviews for those inside the United States begin the first full week of January. All complete applications by individuals within the United States received will be considered for campus visits as space permits, and once full, those individuals selected for interview would be offered a video interview.

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. An example of a robust research experience would be a project outside of a class lasting six weeks or longer in which the applicant thinks about the project, asks questions, designs and conducts experiments, interprets data, and formally presents the results.

PhD applicants are expected to have a strong background in the sciences; however, there are no formal course requirements for the Indiana BioMedical Gateway Program for PhD Study at IU School of Medicine. A bachelor’s degree in the sciences is strongly recommended. Courses and associated lab experiences that provide the required background for graduate coursework 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 a “B” in the Personal Statement.

Copies of your education documents should be attached to this application in the Academic History, Colleges Attended section. 

    • Institutions in the U.S. 
      We need a scanned copy of the transcript only. 
      They are loaded in the Academic History, Colleges Attended section of the application.
    • Institutions outside the U.S.
      We will need a scanned copy of the transcript, degree certificate, marksheets (if applicable), and diploma (if applicable). Please package these into one PDF for each reported institution and program. They are loaded in the Academic History, Colleges Attended section of the application.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit official education documents. You may submit official education documents at any time, but we must have them on file in order to admit an applicant.

How to Apply

Prospective students can complete the application process by submitting the following:

  • Personal statement
  • CV/ resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • All official education documents (transcripts, marksheets, diploma and degree certificates)
  • Proof of participation in recruitment programs (if applicable)
  • CV/Resume

    The CV/Resume should include the following sections, if available: Education History, Research Experience, Teaching Experience, Publications, Presentations, Patents, and Awards. Additional sections may be added at the discretion of the applicant.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation from a lab mentor, PI or senior lab researcher with direct knowledge of the applicant should address the applicant’s professional characteristics. Current or recent academic instructors and/or employers with direct knowledge of the qualities of the applicant that are relevant for graduate training are also accepted. Letters of recommendation should NOT come from family or friends. All letters of recommendation are due by the application deadline. Find additional details related to Letters of Recommendation for PhD program admissions.

  • Personal Statement
    The personal statement must be brief, between 1-2 pages. The statement should emphasize the applicant’s research experience, specifically, the hypotheses underlying the experimental work and the broader significance of the results. Briefly describe the experimental approach and avoid simply listing laboratory techniques employed. Indicate fields of research that you would like to pursue at IUSM including faculty whose work interest you. Briefly explain any gaps, problems or inconsistencies in your academic or professional records, e.g. grade(s) lower than a “B”, time away from studies or employment, etc.

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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
GPA 3.56 Varies depending on institution










GRE* - NOT Required












*Institution Code: 1325

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