Admission Process

Admission Categories

1.  Unconditional admission.

This is a full or nonprobationary admission status. This status indicates that the applicant has met all essential admission requirements. This admission status is valid for two years. If an admittee fails to matriculate within this time, the admission status is terminated.

2.  Conditional admission.

This is a probationary admission status. This status is awarded when all required application materials have been received and the applicant meets most, but not all, admission criteria. A set of conditions is specified (e.g., student must earn a minimum grade point average over a specific set of courses). Conditional admission status is valid for the period indicated in the condition, but no longer than one year. If the condition is met, unconditional admission is granted. If the condition is not met, admission status is terminated. Students may not graduate from a degree program unless they have achieved unconditional admission status.

3.  Denied admission.

Applicants who are denied admission to a degree or licensure program may reapply, or they may apply for admission to another graduate program. Applicants denied admission to a program may not take course work in that program area without the written permission of the department chair.

Special Student Status

Special student status is awarded to persons wishing to take a limited number of credit hours for personal or professional development.  This includes those wishing to take courses for personal enjoyment, those seeking to renew a teaching license, and visiting graduate students from other universities. Students who seek admission to a graduate degree program or a graduate licensure program are not eligible for special student status. Special student status is granted for 15 credit hours or one year, whichever comes first. This status is renewable through reapplication.

Credit hours earned during special student status may or may not be counted in graduate programs. The department chair or program head and the associate dean of graduate studies must approve the inclusion of courses taken during special student status in degree and licensure programs. Such approval may be granted only after the student has been admitted to a graduate program. The maximum number of credit hours earned during special student status that may be used in a degree program is 15.

On the Bloomington campus, applications for special student status may be made by contacting the distance education registrar, deregstr [at] indiana [dot] edu; Wright Education 2100, (812) 856-8548. In Indianapolis, application for special student status may be made in Education/Social Work 3131, (317) 274-6868.

Distance Education:

The School of Education Distance Education Program offers beginning and experienced educators fully accredited course work delivered via the Internet. Topics range widely across the elementary and secondary curricula, offering graduate-level credit that will help meet certification and recertification requirements in school districts across the country and around the world, and may potentially become part of a master's program. (See, for example, the master's programs in Instructional Systems Technology and in Literacy, Culture and Language Education.) Students participating in some distance education courses do not need to be Indiana University students. Students who are interested in a particular distance education course should contact the distance education registrar,, Wright Education 2206, 812-856-8548.

Online or Web-based courses are conducted entirely on the Internet. Online chat sessions may be part of some of these courses. Students with e-mail and Internet access may read and respond to course material on their own schedules, as long as work is completed by designated times.

All distance education courses follow the semester timeine, beginning and ending at the same time as traditional classes. Fees for online courses vary depending on the program and course structure. In most situations, students who are already enrolled at Indiana University pay the same fee as they would for an on-campus course. Other students usually pay in-state tuition plus $37 per credit hour. As distance education programs develop, this fee structure is subject to change. Students may register for courses in non-degree-granting programs online at—disted/. At the current time, distance education students in degree-granting programs must register through the regular system (see Registration Procedure).

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