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Graduate Degrees

Training tomorrow's leaders in medical research and education

IU School of Medicine offers graduate-level medical education programs in a wide variety of research areas. Whether a student is pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree, seeking postdoctoral training, or supplementing a core area of expertise with a certificate or minor, IU School of Medicine faculty offer exceptional education and hand-on experience.

Faculty educators at IU School of Medicine are recognized experts, leading innovations in critical areas of medical research, including cancer, neuroscience, diabetes and cardiovascular-metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal health, intracellular pathogens, and infectious disease and host responses. Training with these world-class investigators prepares graduate students to be productive and progressive biomedical scientists.

IU School of Medicine offers a collaborative learning and working environment, where scientists are advancing medical research. Explore faculty labs to learn more.

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Interested applicants can begin the application process today for any of the graduate degree programs offered at IU School of Medicine.

Graduate School in Indianapolis

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IU School of Medicine offers outstanding opportunities within the biomedical sciences, establishing impeccable research and opportunities both within and outside the field.

Degrees and Opportunities

By developing and maintaining internationally recognized graduate programs and opportunities, IU School of Medicine aims to uplift future scientists and the research on which medicine rests. The school supports students seeking Masters- and PhD-level training and is continuously strengthening programs to ensure these students are poised for productive careers in medical research.

PhD Programs

IU School of Medicine offers PhD training programs in Indianapolis and Bloomington. PhD minors are also available to students seeking training in a subspecialty area.
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Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

This MD/PhD combined degree program is for students committed to a career that intimately incorporates research with clinical care.
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Education PhD Track

The Educational Research-based PhD Track prepares students for careers as anatomy teachers and educational researchers.
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Masters Degrees

Master of Science degrees are offered through many IU School of Medicine academic departments.
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IU School of Medicine offers four graduate-level certificates to provide supplemental training in research.
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Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral training at IU School of Medicine broadens the knowledge of PhDs while advancing their careers.
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Exceptional Research Facilities with Accomplished Scientists

IU School of Medicine houses many labs for graduate students and postdocs; most are located on the school’s Indianapolis campus. The beneficial experience of working in a research lab while being near state-of-the-art teaching hospitals provides a strong foundation for the success of students and faculty.

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Integrated PhD Study

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of modern biomedical research, the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) program for PhD study at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis offers a first-year experience for all biomedical science PhD students studying on the Indianapolis campus.

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Active Involvement

Weekly and monthly events, on and off campus, provide students, postdocs, faculty, staff and local science-based companies with a productive atmosphere for learning, networking and strengthening the local and national scientific community.

Indianapolis Events

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Professional Development

The IU School of Medicine provides professional and career development support for graduate students and postdocs. Through training and resource allocations administered by the Graduate Division Indianapolis) and the University Graduate School (Bloomington), IU School of Medicine offers trainees professional growth opportunities; programs to advance practical career skills and interpersonal development; tools to strengthen self-direction and apply transferrable skills; and career exploration opportunities.
388 Graduate Students
320 Million in Research and Training Grants
200 Postdocs
4 Graduate Certificates

Strength in Diversity

IU School of Medicine recognizes that the academic and scientific community benefits from diversity. Through programs such as Getting You into IU and the Second Look Program, the Graduate Division recruits students who bring diversity in background, outlook, and interest—attributes that lead to a strong and productive learning environment. IU School of Medicine welcomes graduate students from diverse backgrounds influenced by such factors as race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, socio-economic status, age, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, work style and other aspects of human attributes and behaviors.

Center for Inclusive Excellence