The MSMS on-line pre-application and application* will both be available September 1 through March 31 annually.           

The Pre-Application must be completed prior to an application. *Applications are by invitation only.

This program is only for educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students during the time they grew up, not in their current status.

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) Program at Indiana University School of Medicine was created in 1995 to enhance the preparation and confidence of its students to be successful in a medical curriculum.  Students aspiring to careers in medicine at times require additional skill-building experience and an enhanced knowledge of learning strategies.  Thus, this unique opportunity is only for students from especially disadvantaged backgrounds.

The MSMS Program is a two-year program that includes 36 credit hours of course work at the graduate level that includes experiences in didactic instruction, problem-based learning and research.  A Master of Science in Medical Science degree is earned upon completion of the program with a minimum grade point average of 3.00.  MSMS students may choose to apply to medical school during their first or second year in the program but only students who complete the full 2-year academic curriculum will earn the MSMS degree.  This program does not guarantee admission into the IU School of Medicine.

All admitted students are required to complete an intensive summer Medical College Admission Test Preparation course offered at Indiana University School of Medicine before starting the graduate MSMS curriculum in the fall semester.


In 1994, a faculty committee appointed by the Dean of Indiana University School of Medicine, Walter Daly, M.D., reviewed the recruitment and retention of disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students at Indiana University School of Medicine and recommended the formation of a premedical postbaccalaureate program as a pilot project, to replace the Modified Curricular Program. The program was launched in the summer of 1995. The committee members in alphabetical order included the following:

William Bosron, Ph.D., Member

Joseph Christian, M.D. Ph.D., Chairman

Fred Ficklin Ed.E., Member

Edward Harper, Ph.D., Member

Robert Harris, Ph.D., Member 

George Rawls, M.D., Member


Program Directors

1995 to 1998: George Rawls, M.D.

1998 to 2000: Edward Harper, Ph.D.

2000 to 2011: William Agbot-Baiyee, Ph.D

2011 to 2016: Ronald L. Shew, Ph.D.

2016 to present: Vicki L. Bonds, M.S., M.Ed.

Program Mission

The mission of the MSMS Program is to provide a unique academic experience for the student to develop into a confident and prepared person ready for the challenges of medical school and the practice of medicine. The program seeks to empower students to believe in themselves and their abilities to achieve. The program aims to help students recognize and acquire the attributes of successful medical students and physicians.

Program Administration

Program administration is undertaken at three main levels: an Assistant Dean and Director. MSMS program staff also include a Coordinator of Mentoring and Advising and a Program Specialist. Second, the Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs ensures programmatic compliance with the academic standards of Indiana University School of Medicine. Third, a Faculty Advisory Committee ensures that the Program curriculum is relevant and challenging. This Committee provides oversight on matters of academic policy and student progress.

Program Objectives

  • To increase the diversity of Indiana University School of Medicine's student body.
  • To promote the future academic success of MSMS Program participants in the medical school curriculum by providing an introductory graduate level instructional program in the basic medical sciences.
  • To enhance successful admission of especially economically and educationally disadvantaged applicants to Indiana University School of Medicine



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