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Dual Degrees

Admission to the MD-PhD Dual Degree Program

Students committed to a career that incorporates research with clinical care are encouraged to apply to the Medical Scientist Training Program. The application process for this MD-PhD dual degree program at IU School of Medicine begins when an applicant chooses the appropriate box on the AMCAS application, indicating interest in the MD-PhD program. Six to eight students are admitted to the program each year.

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Interested participants in the MD-PhD dual degree program at IU School of Medicine can begin the application process.

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The Medical Scientist Training Program requires admission to both IU School of Medicine and an Indiana University or Purdue University graduate school program. GRE scores are not required. Students currently enrolled in medical school (pre-clerkship) are eligible to apply and are competitively considered.

Basic requirements for admission to IU School of Medicine’s MD program are available. Applicants should not submit a graduate school application unless requested.


Upon review of the applicant’s commitment to a physician-scientist career, undergraduate research experience and record, and MCAT scores, the Medical Scientist Training Program admissions committee extends invitations for interviews to qualified candidates. Program candidates are asked to submit at least two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors.

The interview consists of a combined interview with one Medical Scientist Training Program co-directors or associate director and a member of the IU School of Medicine MD admissions committee. If an applicant is being considered for a biomedical engineering PhD, a second interview takes place on the Purdue University campus. Two to four interviews are scheduled with members from either IU School of Medicine or Purdue University research faculty. Every effort is made to schedule at least one interview with a faculty member requested by the applicant.

If invited for a second interview, an applicant receives a more in-depth perspective of potential research opportunities, nature of the curriculum and a better understanding of student life on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus and local community.