M.S. Pre-Professional Degree Program

The Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine offers a unique one-year Master of Science, non-thesis degree program. This program is specifically designed for graduates with B.S. degrees who wish to improve their academic credentials and their chances of successful admission to medical and other professional schools. This program has existed for more than 20 years and students who participate in the program benefit by demonstrating to professional schools:

  • evidence of your strong motivation
  • your ability to do well and succeed in a demanding graduate curriculum
  • that you have excellent preparation in biomedical sciences


Please visit the Curriculum, Admission/Aid/Tuition, and Application tabs above for additional information.

MS Program Information (click here)

NOTE: this is a very demanding program to complete in 2 semesters. To "ease up" on the demands and complete the degree in one calendar year, consider requesting summer rather than the traditional Fall admission and take the PBHL-B 651 Biostatistics course during the summer semester (it is an on-line course).

BIOC-B 500 Biochemistry (3 cr)*

PBHL-B 651 Biostatistics (3 cr)*#

PHSL-F 503 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr)*

PHSL-F 702 Seminar in Physiology (1 cr)*

Electives (total 3 cr)

Total: 15 cr


PHSL-F 702  Seminar in Physiology (1 cr)*

Electives and /or Research (14 cr)

Total: 15 cr  


Total Credits Required for MS Degree: 30  

*=required course

#=course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters



Elective courses must be graduate level courses (course # 500 or higher) that are relevant to the M.S. degree in Cellular & Integrative Physiology and may be from any of the IUPUI colleges (e.g. IUSM, IUPUI School of Science, Health and Rehabilitation, Informatics and Computing, Public Health etc.).

Example Fall Elective Courses:

BIOL 559 Endocrinology 3 cr

BIOL 566 Developmental Biology 3 cr

BIOL 5741 Molecular and Cellular Bone Biology 3 cr

ANAT-D 502 Basic Histology 4 cr

MGEN-Q 580 Basic Medical Genetics 3 cr


Example Spring Elective Courses:

1 cr unless otherwise indicated

ANAT-D 851 Histology (4 cr)

PHSL-F 505 Solving Clinical Problems (2 cr)

GRDM G716 Molecular Biology & Genetics

GRDM-G 724 Molecular Cancer Genetics

GRDM-G 725 Gene Transfer Approaches

GRDM-G 726 Developmental Genetics

GRDM-G 728 Fundamentals of Infection & Pathogenesis

GRDM-G 729 Immunology: Intro to Immune System

GRDM-G 737 Introduction to Histology

GRDM-G 746 Chromosome Instability and Disease

GRDM-G 748 Principles of Toxicology I

GRDM-G761 Molecular & Cellular Physiology of Ion Transport

GRDM-G 817 Molecular Basis of Cell Structure & Function (2 cr)

GRDM-G 852 Concepts of Cancer Biology (2 cr)

GRDM-G 745 Fund Intracellular Signal Transduction (2 cr)

GRDM-G 720 Stem Cell Biology (2 cr)

Research Option

Students may also enroll in 4 credits of F701 Research In Physiology if they wish to incorporate a research experience in their degree. The research credits may be taken in in the Spring Semester and would reduce the didactic spring course load requirement to 11 credits.

Admission Criteria, Financial Aid, Tuition Rates

Admission criteria for the M.S. Pre-Professional Program are shown below.

a) GPA: an overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required

b) Science GPA: a science GPA of 3.0 or better is required

c) Recommended Test scores:

MCAT: Combined total of greater than 497 (new test). Taken within the last 3 years.

GRE: 50% or greater in Quantative, Verbal and Analytical. Taken within the last 5 years.

DAT: Minimum total of 17. Taken within the last 3 years.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid information is avaliable from the IUPUI Financial Aid Office: .

Tuition: A tuition and fee estimator is available at:

At this site please use "All Other Graduate Programs" for the program selection option.

2016-17 Tuition Rates (per credit) are

Indiana Resident: $339.01

Non Resident: $957.70

Application Timeline

Applications for August 2018 entry to the M.S. program are now being accepted. Please also consider admission for the Summer semester 2018. This option allows students the opportunity to enroll in PBHL-B 561 Biostatistics (3 cr) during the Summer semester and will reduce your fall course load to 12 credits.

The final application deadline for Fall admission is June 30, 2018 and April 15, 2018 for Summer Admission. Applications in progress as of June 30 will be allowed two weeks for completion of submission of transcripts, scores, letters of recommendation.

Applications are generally reviewed on a rolling basis as soon as they are completed. Notification will be via USPS and by email.

MS Application Instructions

Note: THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR DOMESTIC MS APPLICANTS ONLY (U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have obtained a U.S. bachelors degree).

Completed applications contain the following components:

1. Application (on line)

2. Personal Statement (upload on line)

3. Three letters of recommendation. You will insert your recommender's names and email addresses in the application file. The recommenders are contacted directly by the application system. Please advise your recommenders of this and request that their letters be directed at evaluation of your capabilities for success in graduate school not medical school

4. Official MCAT, GRE or DAT scores (electronic copy)

5. Official Transcripts (electronic or hard copy)

Application Fee ($60 non-refundable fee) – A valid credit or debit card and its security code from the back of the card (CCV) is required


Complete the online application at eApp – Online Admissions Application. The web link is:

Create an on-line application account if you are new to our application system and do not already have a PIN by clicking on the "Create Account" button to the right. If you are a current or former IU student, you may use your login information to log in and some of your information will self-populate the application form.

Answer the questions in the Personal Information, Additional Information, ApplicationInformation, Department Information sections.

Note that you may save your responses and return to the application at a later time usingyour SAME PIN and PASSWORD. To protect your application responses, please save your work often. At the bottom of each page are three buttons; “previous page”, "save", and "next page". Click on "save" if you would like to save your work and complete the application at a later date. To log out, click on the “LogOff” button at the top right hand corner of the page.

For the “Application Information” page make the following selections:

Type of Degree: Masters

Academic Program: Cellular & Integrative Physiology (IU Graduate School)

Academic Plan: Cellular & Integrative Physiology MS Track

Are you applying to a dual degree program: No

Term: select the term you are seeking admission for. Most applicants will select Fall.

Scores: We accept MCAT, GRE and DAT scores for evaluation of your admissions application. Enter all of your score categories (for GRE verbal, quantitative and analytical). The percentiles are what is really used to evaluate your scores, please upload or email (see below) a copy of the MCAT, GRE or DAT scores. The copy will need to include your name, id number, raw scores and percentiles. If your scores are not available at the time of your application, please email a copy to when they become available.



Information that you may wish to discuss includes your purpose in entering the MS program and what your future goals are and how this program can help. Please include your undergraduate and graduate (if appropriate) background. This could include your field of study, courses you liked, any gaps that need filling such as a missed course needed for your future goals. Any problems or inconsistencies such as a bad grade or semester should be addressed. Any personal information about you as a person that you feel would contribute to your academic success. Upload your personal statement to the application website. PLEASE include your name on the personal statement document.


Three letters of recommendation from appropriate current or recent academic instructors and / or employers are required. Acceptable referees DO NOT   include friends, clergy, co-workers, coaches, roommates, dorm RA's, etc. as the goal of the reference is to evaluate your ability to be successful in a demanding graduate program. Referees may either utilize the electronic submission option found in the online application (this is preferred); or referees may e-mail recommendations directly to

Referees should comment on the following if possible:

 i.   How long and in what capacity do you know the applicant?

 ii.   How many students have you known at this level?

 iii.   What is the candidate's intellectual potential; creativity and originality; knowledge in chosen field; ability to work independently and with a team; maturity; motivation for graduate study; writing ability; oral expression; integrity; and overall potential for graduate studies in biomedical sciences.

All letters MUST be directed towards admission into a GRADUATE PROGRAM. Recommendations for entry into MEDICAL SCHOOL are NOT acceptable and must be revised to address your capabilities for being successful in Graduate studies.

Combined letters from a recommendation committee or distribution service is also acceptable IF they are directed toward graduate school admission. The can be sent directly to the program director (


MCAT Scores - taken within the past 3 years. Recommended total score 497 (new format). Applicants should request a copy to be sent to the program director. Institution AMCAS code: 129. The best and quickest approach is to download a copy from the AMCAS site and send it as an email attachment to the program director who will validate the scores with AMCAS. Program director email:

GRE Scores - taken within the past 5 years. Recommended scores are >50% in each test area. Institution Code: 1325 (Indiana U - Purdue U Indianapolis)Department Code: 0609 (Medical Sciences). The best and quickest approach is to send your scores as an email attachment to the program director who will validate the scores with ETS. Program director email:

DAT Scores – taken within the past 3 years. Minimum total score is 17.


Official transcripts from ALL previous colleges and universities, even if credits from one institution were transferred to another. Transcripts should indicate that your bachelor’s degree has been awarded and the date of award unless you are currently enrolled in the degree granting program. In this case, a current transcript will be acceptable. Electronic or hard copy transcripts are acceptable. The address is:

Patricia J. Gallagher. PhD
Professor, M.S. Program Director
Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Medical Science Building, Room 2061
635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


Commencement Information

Commencement involves participation in either a school wide (IUPUI Campus) or school specific ceremony (or both). The school wide ceremony takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium with the president of Indiana University conferring your degree. The IUSM school specific ceremony takes place at the Indiana Convention Center with the Deans of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) conferring several types of degrees including Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Tickets are NOT required and seating is on a first come basis.


2018 Commencement:

IUPUI School Wide Ceremony: Sunday, May 13 at Lucas Oil Stadium

IUSM School Specific Ceremony: Saturday, May 12 at the Indiana Convention Center


Cap and Gown Rental:

Information about ordering graduation regalia will be provided in the spring semester.

Deadline for Rental: Not yet available for 2018. If you miss the deadline, the rental company will have "some" extras available for rental at the pick up location.

More information about the graduation ceremonies is available at:





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