Our MLS degree will provide a solid foundation for Medical School, other life sciences professional schools, PhD graduate programs, employment in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, and many other fields. You'll be equipped with a strong foundation in applied research, an interdisciplinary education, and the ability to communication clearly. Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving life sciences field.
A modern, molecular foundation for your career
Solid preparation for a research career
Our MLS degree will prepare you for a wide variety of MS and PhD graduate programs in the life sciences. Nearly all science graduates that go on to pursue an advanced Ph.D. in the life science have undertaken one or more years of undergraduate research experience in an individual faculty member's laboratory. A faculty member that supervises your undergraduate research experience will function as your advisor on which MS or PhD programs to pursue to meet your career goals.
If you plan to pursue a PhD career track, it’s imperative that you join a laboratory early in your studies at IU so that you can obtain the necessary practical laboratory experience to be competitive for admission to graduate programs. Most students in the research track join a laboratory during their freshman or sophomore years.
If you are interested in undertaking laboratory research, you should contact a faculty member associated with the MLS degree. Note that space in laboratories is very limited so you will likely have to contact several faculty members before you find one that can provide you undergraduate research experience.