MD-PhD BME Admissions Information

The Indiana University School of Medicine-Purdue University MD-PhD BME combined degree program (Medical Scientist Training Program--MSTP) offers fellowship and full-tuition scholarships to physician-engineer trainees during all phases of their medical/graduate training. Typically a total of 8 students are admitted into the program each year with about 30% opting for a BME PhD. Our admissions process is highly selective. A faculty Admissions Committee selects students based upon commitment to a physician-engineer career, undergraduate research experience, undergraduate academic record and MCAT scores.

Admission to both Indiana University School of Medicine and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is required. This process may be initiated by choosing the appropriate box on the AMCAS application for the MD-PhD program. Basic requirements for admission to the IU School of Medicine may be found under "Admission Information" at the IU School of Medicine Website. Combined degree candidates will be asked to submit at least two letters from faculty advisors describing the candidate's potential as a researcher.  After application review, the MSTP Admissions Committee will extend invitations for interviews to qualified candidates. Students currently enrolled in medical school are eligible to apply and will be competitively considered for a position in the MSTP with that year's applicants.

Applicants should wait to submit the Purdue University Graduate School application until notified to do so.

The MSTP considers all applicants equally, regardless of in-state or out-of-state residency status, race, ethnicity, and gender, and encourages applications from qualified individuals with disabilities.

Currently, there are 57 students in the Indiana University School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program. Our students are among the top applicants to both medical and graduate schools and represent both private and public undergraduate schools from throughout Indiana and the United States. These men and women are dedicated in the lab and classroom, yet still manage to be involved in extracurricular and service activities such as Medical Student Council, volunteering, clinical service, and Combined Degree events.

Special notes for MD-PhD BME (MSTP) applicants:

Once you are instructed to submit the Purdue University Graduate School application, mark your entry semester of interest as the upcoming summer. Applicants will need to pay the application fee with a credit card upon submission of the application. Once you submit the Purdue University Graduate School application please save and/or print the resulting payment receipt you will receive. The Weldon School will reimburse you for the Purdue application fee and the payment receipt will be required for that purpose.

Although the GRE requirement will be waived, it is highly recommended as your application may still be considered for Purdue Graduate School admission in the case you are not accepted into the MD-PhD BME program.

MD-PhD BME applicants do not have to resubmit letters of recommendation for the Purdue application as the BME graduate office will receive a copy of the AMCAS application with those letters of recommendation. For the Purdue online application, applicants will still need to enter the names of the recommenders and email addresses. As a workaround, please list the Purdue Graduate School -, Sandy May -, and Tammy Siemers -

Additional information and instructions for applying to the MD-PhD program are found on the following website: