M.S. Programs

Research-based M.S. Degrees

Research-based M.S. degrees are offered in the following disciplines. Each department administers their own application separately. Please visit the program websites for additional information on each degree, including application instructions, degree requirements, prerequesites, and deadlines.

Anatomy & Cell Biology

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

Medical & Molecular Genetics

Microbiology & Immunology



Specialized M.S. Degrees

In addition to the M.S. degrees offered through the basic biomedical science disciplines listed above, the IUSM offers the following specialized M.S. degree programs.   Please follow the links for further information on these programs.

M.S. in Clinical Research  

Indiana University has received funding from the National Institute of Health through a K-30 grant to develop and implement the Clinical Investigator Training Enhancement (CITE) program.  The purpose of this program is to prepare health care professionals for a career in clinical research.  Following completion of the program, graduates can embark on a career in clinical research with the skills necessary to successfully compete for grant funding, conduct and analyze research findings, and publish their work in scientific journals.  By participating in the program, CITE trainees will complete a two-year formal clinical research curriculum, at the end of which they will receive a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree.  The program is designed for participants that already have or are in training for a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DNS, DDS).

M.S. in Genetic Counseling  

The Indiana University Genetic Counseling Program is fully accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.  This two-year program offers a specially designed curriculum to develop knowledge, skills and competency in genetic counseling; extensive clinical experience in a variety of local genetic counseling settings; supervising personnel who are certified by either the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC); participation in local and regional genetics education activities; and preparation of students to apply for active candidate status with the American Board of Genetic Counseling.  Successful completion of the Indiana University Genetic Counseling Program will lead to a Master of Science degree in medical genetics.

Pathologists' Assistant M.S. 

This M.S. track is intended for training pathologists' assistants.  The Pathologists' Assistant helps provide service in anatomic pathology under the direction and supervision of a qualified anatomic pathologist.  This is a recognized specialty accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  The M.S. track for Pathologists' Assistants is built around the anatomic area of pathology and is not thesis-based.  The program is designed to serve individuals holding baccalaureate degrees in various science-related fields (clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, biology, chemistry, etc.) who have an interest in pathology, particularly the anatomic aspect of pathology.  This program is a logical career ladder for those holding a BS degree in the pathology-related areas of Clinical Laboratory Science and Cytotechnology.  Previous work experience in an area of pathology is preferred, but not required.

Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS)

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) Program was created in 1995 to enhance the preparation and confidence of its students to be successful in a medical curriculum. This unique opportunity is for students from especially disadvantaged backgrounds. Students aspiring to careers in medicine at times require additional skill-building experience and an enhanced knowledge of learning strategies. Some students who are not admitted to the Indiana University School of Medicine on their first attempt may be invited to consider applying to the MSMS Program. Others seeking direct admission can complete and submit the program's application for admission. All admitted students are required to complete an intensive summer Medical College Admission Test Preparation Program offered at Indiana University School of Medicine before starting the graduate MSMS curriculum in the fall semester.

Translational Science Master’s Degree

Offered as part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, this 30-credit hour interdisciplinary master’s degree program has been designed to jointly train scientists, engineers and physicians or clinicians in translational research methods (basic science and medicine working to advance care for patients). Participants will be prepared to seek academic and industry careers as translational scientists—as well as enhance their ability to participate in multi-disciplinary teams pursuing translational research projects.

Eligibility: Someone who has obtained (or is in the process of obtaining) his/her doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., etc.) in a clinical or basic science specialty. Clinical fellows and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.  Duration: Typically 2 years, although this may be compressed or extended under certain circumstances. Requirements:  30 credits (combination of core coursework and electives)Click here to review the complete course requirements.

For more information, please contact Carrie Hansel




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