Applying to a PhD Program

All 10 of the School of Medicine biomedical science Ph.D. programs, including Pharmacology and Toxicology, participate in an “open enrollment” system named The Indiana University School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program. The IBMG Program provides a shared first year experience for all of the School of Medicine biomedical science pre-doctoral (Ph.D. program) students. The link for the IBMG program is: If accepted as an IBMG student, you would have 3 research rotations prior to committing to a particular Ph.D. program following your first year of study. Students in the Ph.D. program receive competitive stipends, tuition scholarships, and health insurance for the duration of their studies.

Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program Advisor

Jian-Ting Zhang, Ph.D., is the Graduate Program Advisor for the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and can be contacted via email:

Our Masters Programs

We accept MS students on a very limited basis. These degree offerings are mostly reserved for students who have started on the PhD course of study and who, for a variety of reasons, find they must end their studies before they complete their Doctorate.

Students desiring only a master’s-level program must first find a faculty member in the Department who is willing to act as mentor and provide financial support. Only after the student obtains this consent from a faculty member in the department would we evaluate the student’s application.

Guidelines for MS admissions into the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology:

GRE:  >30% percentile on the Verbal Reasoning section

           >50% percentile on the Quantitative Reasoning section

GPA:  >3.2/4.0 in core science courses

English proficiency:  TOEFL: >620 paper; >260 computer; >105 internet test
                                      IELTS:  >7.5

The student is responsible for contacting directly a faculty member s/he is interested in working with to arrange the research prior to submitting an application to the program. If an arrangement for master’s-level training and support is secured, the faculty member must notify the Graduate Advisor for the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. At that point, special arrangements would be made to evaluate the student’s application to start the degree in the next Fall Semester.

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