Programs by Campus
Medical and Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine
Departmental E-mail: medgen [at] iupui [dot] edu
Departmental URL: www.iupui.edu/~medgen
Master of Science in Medical Genetics and Doctor of Philosophy
Special Program Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, including two years of chemistry, mathematics through calculus, two years of biology, and one course in principles of genetics. Promising students deficient in one or more areas may be accepted if it appears to the admissions committee that deficiencies can be removed during graduate study. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be available before applicants can be considered for admission.
Master of Science Degree
A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved courses, including no more than 7 credit hours of research. At least 20 credit hours must be taken in medical genetics or approved equivalents, including at least four of the following five areas with grades of B or higher: basic human genetics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular and biochemical genetics, and population genetics. Students in the genetic counseling study track, to meet requirements to take the certification examination of the American Board of Genetic Counseling, are required to have courses in all five areas plus additional required course work totaling 36 credit hours. Genetic counseling students must obtain a B (3.0) or higher in all core courses.
Optional. With approval of the department, a refereed publication or an additional 6 credit hours of non-research course work beyond the required 30 credit hours may be substituted for the thesis. Genetic counseling students must choose either a thesis, case report with literature review, or educational project, in addition to the required 36 credit hours.
The student must pass a comprehensive oral or written examination as determined by the student’s committee. Under exceptional circumstances, the student may petition the committee to be permitted to take the final examination one additional time.
Academic or research deficiency will result in termination of the student’s enrollment in the program.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
A total of 90 credit hours plus dissertation with 30-33 credit hours of non-research courses in medical genetics, including G504 or equivalent. Appropriate courses in the Departments of Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Biology may be accepted for credit toward the major with prior approval of the student’s advisory committee. Up to 30 credit hours of nonclinical medical or dental courses may apply toward the Ph.D. degree.
Must be taken in a field related to the major, e.g., aging, anthropology, bioinformatics, biology, biomolecular imaging, biotechnology training, cancer, cellular and molecular biology, diabetes and obesity, epidemiology, immunology, life science, microbiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, or public health.
Comprehensive written and oral examination. Examination over the minor field at the discretion of the minor field department.
Written research proposal, presented and defended orally, required for admission to candidacy.
Oral defense of dissertation.
Research or academic deficiency, including two failures of the qualifying examination, will result in termination of the student’s enrollment in the program.