QUESTION (Q): How can I be admitted to the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) Program?

ANSWER (A): You must complete and submit the MSMS Program pre-application for review first. If you meet the program requirements you will be invited to complete an application. Some students who apply to IU School of Medicine's medical program using the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) may be counseled to consider the MSMS opportunity. You will receive an invitation for an interview if you meet the application requirements for admission to the program. This program is for educationally and economically disadvantage students only. Review program eligibility criteria closely.

Q: When should I apply to the MSMS Program?

A: Applications for MSMS are accepted annually from September 1 - March 31. Interested applicants who are still pursuing a bachelor’s degree should apply during their senior year, as a bachelor’s degree is required and must be conferred prior to starting the program in June.

Q: Is the 3.0 GPA a firm requirement to submit the pre-application?

A: Eligible applicants whose GPA is close to a 3.0 should submit the free pre-application, as many factors are reviewed to determine an invitation to apply to the program.

Q: What is the application/interview process?

A: A pre-application is required of ALL applicants to verify eligibility. Eligible pre-applicants are invited to officially apply to the program via email within one week of submission. Official applications are periodically reviewed contingent upon the number received. Upon review of the official applications, eligible applicants are invited to interview.

On-campus full-day interviews are required for each invited applicant, and are held monthly from January through April. They include informational sessions, a tour, and an interview with Admissions Committee members. Applicants are notified within one week of the committee’s decision.

Q: Does the program offer financial assistance?

A: The program may offer limited application fee waiver assistance upon applicant’s request.

Q: What will the MSMS Program cost?

A: Please refer to this link for current tuition rates Direct loans are available through the Office of Medical Student Affairs in Student Financial Services. Contact Jose Espada for further information at 317-274-1967, or via e-mail at

Q: How many students are accepted annually?

A: A maximum of 25 students can be accepted into the program annually. Smaller groups provide the opportunity for more individualized assistance.

Q: Is participation in the summer Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Preparation Program required?

A: Yes. All admitted students are required to complete this intensive summer program before starting the graduate MSMS curriculum in the fall semester.

Q: Does participation in the MSMS Program guarantee admission to medical school?

A: No. Re-application to medical school is required. Faculty and staff advise and assist MSMS students in the application process and preparation for the MCAT.

Q: How can I use the MSMS degree if I don't go to medical School?

A: MSMS graduates are also prepared for careers requiring broad knowledge in the basic biomedical sciences. Some of the course work in the MSMS Program is transferable toward degree requirements in other graduate or professional programs.


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