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Anatomy and Cell Biology
School of Medicine

Departmental E-mail: gradanat [at] iupui [dot] edu

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Degrees Offered

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a background in general, cellular, and molecular biology; developmental biology; general and organic chemistry; physics; and calculus. Candidates should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) overall, and 3.0 in science courses. The Graduate Record Examination General Test or MCAT is required. It is preferable that graduate study be started in the fall semester. Completed Ph.D. applications should be received before January 15. A personal interview may be requested. Applicants will be notified of departmental action by April 15.

Master of Science Degree


The master degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology is offered as an independent degree, and is not required as a prerequisite for the doctoral degrees. This degree is offered in two tracks. Briefly, the Traditional track requires D850 (Gross Anatomy), D851 (Histology), and D852 (Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology), along with two years of D861 (Seminar). The Research Track requires a first-semester series on the fundamentals of modern research biology (G715, G716, and G717) but does not require the traditional anatomical courses. Both tracks require a total of 30 credit hours for the degree, but the Research Track requires more time in research. Students in the Research Track are expected to begin their investigational work during their first semester, and overall it is expected that the Research Track students will complete a larger research project, which is fitting with their focus on entering a Ph.D. program after completing their master degree.

Applications for either master degree track will be considered only after the potential student has reached a mentoring agreement with the faculty member in whose laboratory the research work will be done. Both tracks are two-year, full-time programs.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology offers two Ph.D. tracks.  The Research Track is for students looking to pursue careers in laboratory research and students enter through the Indiana BioMedical Gateway Program (IBMG), and the Education Track is for students who desire a career focus in teaching and educational research.

Course Requirements for Research Track

A total of 90 credit hours, including Biomedical Science I, II, and III (G715, G716, G717), three research rotations (G818), Research Communication Seminar (G655), Ethics (G505), Statistics (G855), Seminar (D861, second year and each year following), and two courses in the anatomical sciences (from D501, D502, D527, D850, D851, D852, D853, G817). A minimum of 32 credit hours must be in courses other than dissertation research.

Course Requirements for Education Track: A total of 90 credit hours, including D861, and all of the following: D850, D851, D852, D878, and G804. Approved courses in education and statistics also are required. A minimum of 64 credit hours must be in courses other than dissertation research.

Course Requirements for Education Track

A total of 90 credit hours, including D861, and all of the following: D850, D851, D852, D878, F613, and G804.  Approved courses in education and statistics also are required.  A minimum of 69 credit hours must be in courses other than dissertation research. 

For more information on the Anatomy Education Ph.D. Track, the application process, deadlines, etc., please contact Dr. James J. Brokaw, Ph.D., MPH., Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, 635 Barnhill Drive, Medical Science Building, Room 5035, Indianapolis, IN 46202, 317-274-7495 (phone), 317-278-2040 (fax),,


A minimum of 12 credit hours of course work other than dissertation research in a related program (e.g., biochemistry, biophysics, education, medical genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, statistics, toxicology, or life science). For a minor in life science, at least 6 credit hours must be taken in one department. The minor must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Other Requirements

Research Track students are required to gain experience in teaching by assisting one semester in one of the departmental courses. Education track students are required to teach at least three semesters in three different departmental courses.


Overall B (3.0) average in course work and no less than a B- in any required course.

Qualifying Examination

Written and oral, designed to assess the student’s preparedness to carry out a research program.

Final Examination

Oral defense of dissertation.

Further details of departmental policies will be made available to the student on request and at the time of enrollment.

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