Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA)

DEPARTMENTS COLLABORATING:   Clinical and Translational Research; Cytotechnology;  Emergency Medicine; Family Medicine; Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Internal Medicine; Munroe-Meyer Institute; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences;  Oral Biology; Orthopaedic Surgery; Pediatrics; Pathology and Microbiology;  Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Physical Therapy Education; Preventive and Societal Medicine; Psychiatry; Radiology; and Surgery.

Co-Program Directors  
Laura Bilek, PT, Ph.D. Physical Therapy Education, SAHP, COM
David Shaw, Ph.D. Oral Biology, COD
Lani "Chi Chi" Zimmerman, Ph,.D. Clinical and Translational Research
Amber Donnelly, Ph.D. Cytotechnology
Jim McClay MS, MD Emergency Medicine
Jeanne A. Geske, Ph.D. Family Medicine
Karen Gould, Ph.D. Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy
Carol Casey, Ph.D. Internal Medicine
Corrine Hanson, Ph.D. Medical Nutrition
Wayne Stuberg, Ph.D. MMI Munroe Meyer Institute
Nicole M. Rodriguez, Ph.D. MMI Behavior Analysis
John S. Davis, Ph.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology
Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D. Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Hani Haider, Ph.D. Orthopedics
Rakesh Singh, Ph.D. Pathology and Microbiology
TBA Pediatrics - General
Keshore Bidasee, Ph.D. Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, Ph.D. Physical Therapy Education
Eleanor G. Rogan, Ph.D. Preventive and Societal Medicine
Dennis P McNeilly, M.D. Psychiatry
Michael D. Boska, PhD Radiology
Irakis Pipinos, M.D. Surgery

The Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area
is intended for those who wish to pursue individually designed programs of an interdisciplinary nature within the medical sciences leading to the Master of Science and/or the Doctor of Philosophy degree. For example, individual programs of study may be developed in the following research areas: immunology, drug metabolism, human genetics, neurological sciences, oral biology, health services research, and others.

Admission to the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) Graduate Program. In addition to the general requirements governing admission to the Graduate College the following requirements must also be met: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Individuals who have completed the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or the Veterinary Aptitude Test (VAT) may substitute these tests for the GRE. Scores on the GRE, DAT, MCAT, and VAT serve only as general guidelines for admission.

Course requirements for the M.S. degree: The Master of Science degree in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area may be earned only under Option One.

Course requirements for the Ph.D. degree: Please see the document entitled "Procedures Governing the Admission and Progress of Students in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area Graduate Program."

Procedures Governing the Admission & Progress of Students in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area Graduate Program - Click here: MSIA Procedures

MSIA Course List 

Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Semester


June 1
October 15
March 1


Students from outside the US are encouraged to apply a minimum 2 months prior to the posted deadline to allow time for processing of foreign application materials.