Masters Programs

Research-Based Masters 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.

M.S. in Anatomy & Cell Biology

  • Research Track
  • Clinical Anatomy Track

M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

M.S. in Cellular & Integrative Physiology (Pre-Professional Degree Program)

M.S. in Medical & Molecular Genetics

  • Research/General Track
  • See Specialized MS Degrees below for the Genetic Counseling program

M.S. in Microbiology & Immunology

Degrees in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

  • M.S. in Laboratory Science
  • M.S. in Experimental Pathology
  • See Specialized MS Degrees below for the Pathologists' Assistant program


Specialized M.S. Degrees

In addition to the M.S. degrees offered through basic biomedical science disciplines, IUSM offers the following specialized M.S. degree programs.   For further detail on each program—please follow links below:

M.S. in Anesthesia

A new master’s degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine will help address projected needs for qualified anesthesia providers. The new Master of Science in Anesthesia Program is the twelfth of its kind in the country, which trains students to become Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs).  CAAs are non-physicians with master’s degree level training who have served as valued members of physician anesthesiologist-directed Anesthesia Care Teams (ACTs) for more than forty years. Students in the new Master of Science in Anesthesia program will enter having completed a baccalaureate degree that includes prerequisite courses very similar to those required to enter medical school. The intensive, 28-month program provides clinical rotations through a variety of anesthesia subspecialties—including pediatric, trauma, ambulatory, cardiac and obstetric—at facilities and simulation laboratories housed within one of the top academic healthcare centers in the Midwest. CAAs must pass a national certifying exam and recertify every six years.

IU School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Anesthesia Program launched Thursday, February 9, following approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The first class of a planned dozen students will enroll in August 2017.

M.S. in Clinical Research  

Indiana University has received funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) 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 & analyze research findings, and publish their work in scientific journals.  Trainees participating in the program will complete a two-year formal clinical research curriculum, at the end of which they will receive a Master of Science in Clinical Research.  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 (Medical & Molecular Genetics) 

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

M.S. for Pathologists' Assistant 

This M.S. track is intended for training pathologists' assistants.  A Pathologists' Assistant provides 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), 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.  This program is a logical career ladder for those holding a BS degree in pathology-related areas of Clinical Laboratory Science and Cytotechnology.  Previous work experience in an area of pathology is preferred, but not required.

M.S. in Medical Science (MSMS)

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) Program was created in 1995 to enhance preparation and confidence for 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 IUSM on their first attempt may be invited to consider applying to the MSMS Program. Others seeking direct admission can complete and submit an application for admission. All admitted students are required to complete an intensive summer Medical College Admission Test Preparation Program offered at IUSM before starting the graduate MSMS curriculum in the fall semester.

M.S. in Translational Science

Offered as part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, this 30-credit hour interdisciplinary program has been designed to jointly train scientists, engineers, and physicians/clinicians in translational research methods (basic science and medicine working to advance care for patients). Those who have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining, their doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., etc.) in a clinical or basic science specialty are encouraged to apply. Typically taking two years, the program prepares participants 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.  For more information, please contact Carrie Hansel.



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