Admission Criteria

The School of Education employs the following criteria for admission to graduate programs:

  1. A baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree, requiring four years of full-time study, or equivalent, from a college or university hold­ing full regional or national accreditation is required for admission to all graduate pro­grams. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from an institution holding only state accred­itation may be granted conditional admission if their other application credentials are strong. Applicants in the last semester of a four-year undergraduate program may be granted conditional admission until a baccalaureate degree has been awarded.
  2. The minimum acceptable undergraduate grade point average (GPA) varies from program to program. All licensure programs require a GPA of 2.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Some programs require an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher in the last 60 credit hours. Other programs require a GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work. Exceptions may be made when under­graduate course work is judged to have been especially rigorous, and when other application credentials are very strong.
  3. Most master's and specialist programs require applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.30 in graduate course work taken prior to application. Doctoral programs usually require a minimum GPA of 3.50 in prior graduate course work. Applicants to licensure programs must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.00 in graduate course work. Individual judgments are made about the rigor of grading in the graduate work presented.
  4. Letters of recommendation must document academic and scholarly performance, strong social and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and moral character. Letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know the applicant's academic and intellectual skills are preferred. Letters from employers and others who know the applicant's work habits and character are also acceptable.
  5. Domestic applicants to the master's degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction and Language Education with a final, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher are not required to take the GRE exam. The GRE is required for all international applicants. Students admitted to doctoral programs in education typically must have a total GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 1100 or better and an analytical writing score of 4 or better. Specialist and most master's programs require a GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 900 or above and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or better for admission. The GRE scoring scale will change on August 1, 2011; after that date, call (812) 856-8504 (Bloomington) or (317) 274-6868 (Indianapolis) for recommended minimum scores on thte new scale.  The test must have been taken within five years prior to application. Gener­ally, students in licensure-only programs are not required to submit GRE scores unless applying to the Transition to Teaching or the Counselor Education Licensure Program, which require scores to be submitted. There may be exceptions; domestic Transition to Teaching applicants with a final, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher are not required to submit GRE scores. Please contact advisor. However, if tlicensure-only students switch to another program or apply to an Ed.S. or Ed.D. or Ph.D. program, they will be required to take the GRE.
  6. The applicant's personal goal statement must specify academic and career goals compatible with the training goals of the program to which application has been made.
  7. Admission to all graduate programs is subject to availability of space. Program faculty size, the number of students already in a program, and the number of new applicants all affect selection ratios in a given year.
  8. The policy of Indiana University prohibits the use of the following characteristics in selecting students for graduate programs: age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, socioeconomic class, country of birth, or physical handicap.

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