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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Master's PPNT program will consider applications without standardized testing scores for Fall 2020 - Please include scores if available

Biology M.S. (Pre-Professional Non-Thesis) (Purdue degree)

Offered by: Biology Department The Master of Science program in Biology, which awards a Purdue University degree, requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level.

Why Choose This Program?


The pre-professional non-thesis (PPNT) is an intensive 1 year program that prepares students for the rigors of professional school and produces students with better sophistication in their understanding of biological sciences, allowing them to succeed and be leaders in their professional school. Students from the PPNT M.S. program have shown a high success rate in gaining admission to professional schools.

IUPUI consistently maintains strong national rankings and has been identified as an Up-and-Coming National University and a Most Innovative School by U.S. News and World Report and other organizations. Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI is an urban research and life and health sciences institution near five hospitals and Indiana University medical and dental schools.

Admission Requirements

The degrees are conferred through the Purdue University system, and entering students must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School of Purdue University and departmental requirements.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Master's PPNT program will consider applications without standardized testing scores for Fall 2020 - Please include scores if available

Learn more about admissions to the graduate programs

Degree requirements

Entry into a reputable medical, dental or veterinary program is a highly competitive process, one where good academic performance and experience may not be enough for admission into your first professional school of choice. If you are serious about a career in the life and health sciences and can benefit from a year of intensive coursework, this one-year program could be just what you need to make that challenging next step in your career. The full-time, non-thesis, biology M.S. program is designed to help you improve your chances at entry into professional programs by improving your qualifications and experience. The program provides excellent preparation and demonstrates your strong motivation toward success and ability to withstand the rigors associated with professional degree programs.

The 30-credit hour program (five courses each semester) includes an exciting and diverse array of courses in modern biology. While not designed to mimic professional schools, the program allows you to demonstrate a firm commitment to success and opens your eyes to a variety of academic and professional options. The training we provide can make you much more marketable and desirable to future schools and employers. Enrolled students will be held to high standards and are expected to graduate well prepared to compete for admission into professional programs or career opportunities.

Applicants should have a minimum of 16 credit hours in coursework toward a Biology major plus Chemistry and Physics coursework expected by professional schools. Learn more about the admissions requirements.

The PPNT masters program is designed for recent graduates or career changers seeking to pursue:

  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Optometry
  • Physician's Assistant
Download the Program Brochure

Application outcomes for M.S. programs

Students who meet the minimal expectations in all areas and are recommended for admission will be informed by email and letter.

Students should have a strong undergraduate academic record with a 3.0 GPA minimum. GRE exam scores: a verbal score of 146, a quantitative score of 145, a combined total of verbal plus quantitative scores of 295, and 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the exam will be considered as meeting the minimal requirements. For those students who do not meet these minimal requirements a retake of the exam will be required in order to be reconsidered.

In place of the GRE, PPNT applications can use the new MCAT test implemented April 2015 or the DAT with the corresponding minimal score requirements as follows: 

  • MCAT: A combined total of greater than 495, which was taken within the last 3 years.
  • DAT: A minimum total of 17, which was taken within the last 3 years.
Learn more about the admissions requirements and application process

Placement success

PPNT students have shown a high success rate in gaining admission to professional schools. Many students have expressed their appreciation for their increased competitiveness and performance in professional school following admission.

Perseverance in lab pays off as alumnus joins prestigious Harvard PhD program

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