Admissions Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and demonstrate good preparation in the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

GPA: A minimum graduation grade-point index of 3.0 or equivalent is required for unconditional admission.  An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission.  Applicants with GPAs of 3.0 or slightly above will be expected to have a science course GPA of 3.0

GRE:  All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination General test. For those students who took the GRE exam prior to August 1, 2011, a cumulative score of 1000 with a minimum score of 400 in the verbal section is considered the minimum required for admission.  These scores corresponded to an average verbal plus quantitative totals in recent years of 1170 for M.S. programs and 1200 for the PH.D. Greater than 3.5 is the minimum score required on the Analytical writing portion of the GRE.

  • The new GRE test implemented August 1, 2011 will have corresponding minimal score requirements as follows:
    • A combined total of 295 for the verbal and quantitative sections of the test
    • A verbal score of not less than 146 and a quantitative score of not less than 145
    • A 3.5 score on the analytical portion of the test is required
    • In place of the GRE, non-thesis MS applications can use the new MCAT test implemented April 2015 or the DAT with corresponding minimal score requirements as follows:
      • MCAT: A combined total of greater than 497, which was taken within the last 3 years.
      • DAT: A minimum total of 17, which was taken within the last 3 years.

English Proficiency Requirements:  International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • The minimum scores required for admission are 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test (foreign students only).
  • There are no automatic waivers.
    • iBT overall score ≥ 80
    • Writing ≥ 18
    • Speaking ≥ 22
    • Listening ≥ 16
    • Reading ≥ 19
  • To be eligible for Teaching Assistantships, foreign applicants must pass the English Language Proficiency screening administered by the IUPUI ESL Program.

International Students

For more information, visit the International Admissions Website.


Application Process 


Application Deadlines

Follow the application instructions. The  complete application (on-line application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores) is required by the indicated deadlines.  

  • Ph. D.: Recommended application date: January 1; final deadline: March 1
  • M.S. Thesis (full time with support)
    Fall entry: April 1
    Spring entry: October 1
  • Pre-Professional Non-Thesis and M.S. Non-Thesis
    Fall entry: August 1 (dependent on classroom seat availability)
    Spring entry: December 1 (dependent on classroom seat availability)

Note: Fall semester deadline to be considered for a Fellowship or a Teaching Assistantship is March 15. In addition University Fellowships are available. Those have an earlier deadline of January 15.