Master of Science Program

A Master of Science degree in Medical and Molecular Genetics is available. Those planning to apply must have a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. Common undergraduate degrees include biology, biochemistry and life sciences. Courses in genetics, biochemistry, and biology are recommended. The GRE general exam is required; a subject test is not needed. Scores above the 55th percentile are highly desirable.

Applying for the Program

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In addition to completing the electronic application, your supplemental information (GRE/TOEFL scores, transcript(s), and letters of recommendation [if the referee prefers not to complete an on-line recommendation]) should be mailed separately to:

Graduate Secretary
Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine
975 W. Walnut Street, IB-130
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5251

If you are unable to apply on-line, send e-mail to Joan Charlesworth


All applications are due by January 15th.

Review Process

Particularly strong applicants will have explored the profession through extracurricular experiences such as working part-time in a research lab or taking research oriented courses. Decisions for admission will be based on review of application materials and the outcome of interviews, extended to a portion of candidates. Offers for acceptance are given during the spring. Currently, two to three students are accepted each year.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Joan Charlesworth.

Degree Information

A full-time student will typically complete the degree in two years. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved course work. In addition to the 30 credits hours of approved course work, the student must complete one of the following criteria:

approval of the department OR

Advisory Committee

Each student selects an advisor and an advisory committee to guide and supervise the student. The committee typically consists of at least three faculty members in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved courses is required. No more than 7 hours of research credit is permitted. At least 20 credit hours must be passed in courses offered by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics or approved equivalents. The departmental courses must be in at least four of the following five areas: basic human genetics, clinical genetics , cytogenetics , molecular genetics or hereditary genomics and must be passed with a grade of 'B' or better.

Final Examination

The student must pass a comprehensive oral or written examination as determined by the student's advisory committee. Under exceptional circumstances, the student may petition the committee to be permitted to take the final examination one additional time.

Thesis (optional)

A student may chose to complete a thesis for their Master of Science degree requirements. In addition to completing the course requirements, the student can either prepare and defend a Master's thesis or, with the approval of the department, a first authorship in a refereed publication may substitute for a formal thesis.

Course work (optional)
A student may chose to complete a course work Master of Science degree. In addition to completing the course requirements, the student must then complete an additional 6 credit hours of non-research course work.



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