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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.

Apply Early

Final Deadline: January 15

Apply online for the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program for PhD Study at IU School of Medicine. Search for IBMG after creating an account.

PhD Application

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.

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
  • All official education documents (transcripts, marksheets, diploma and degree certificates)
  • Proof of participation in recruitment programs (if applicable)
  • Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation should come from a lab mentor, PI or senior lab researcher who has direct knowledge of the applicant and can speak to 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. All letters of recommendation are due by the application deadline. Find additional details related to Letters of Recommendation for PhD program admissions.

  • Personal Statement

    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.
$70 $70


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












*Institution Code: 1325