What will I learn?

The M.S. degree requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of course work at the 50000 and 60000 levels. Twenty-four credits must be in physics or in approved substitute courses relevant to the student's research plan. For example some courses could be in biophysics, chemistry, computer science, or engineering. Six of the required hours are obtained through research work. Another six credit hours of the total of 30 must be earned in mathematics, which may be substituted by certain physics or computer science courses.

Non-thesis students complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and write a project report. A final examination is required.

In the thesis option the student completes a research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and writes a thesis that must meet formal formatting rules specified by the Graduate School. A final examination (thesis defense) is required.

Most candidates for the M.S. degree take the degree under the non-thesis option. No grades below a C- in 50000 level physics courses are accepted.

A minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0 must be maintained for both the non-thesis and thesis programs.

Plan of Study

During his/her first year, the student will generally take courses that meet the Mathematics and core Physics requirements.

Students choose an advisor as soon as possible but not later than the end of his/her second semester. Once an advisor is chosen, an advisory committee, consisting of the advisor and two other faculty members in the Department, should be appointed. The student will work with this group to develop a Plan of Study for the remainder of his/her Masters program. Courses taken should reflect a coherent theme of interest.

Which department am I in?

School of Science

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$19,805.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum admission requirements for the Master of Science degree include undergraduate courses in basic biology, including cell biology and genetics, general and organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics, including calculus. Biochemistry is recommended. Coursework deficiencies should be addressed during the first year of enrollment. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (B). Scores on each section of the GRE general test should exceed 55 percent.

For international students

Students must have received a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in the United States or another country.

English language requirements:

All non-native speakers of English must also submit proof of English proficiency unless the applicant has a Bachelor's degree or higher from the US or a predominantly English-speaking country.

IELTS score of 6.5

TOEFL (iBT) score of 79

IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 7 Check with your academic department for approval

Any ELS Centre located in the US or Canada - Level 112 Check with your academic department for approval

Degree from an English-speaking Country - Completed Bachelor's degree or higher from one of these designated countries (both lists)

ECFMG Certification - Official certification received from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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