Application Procedures for U.S. Citizens
Application Procedures for International Students
Admission to the Master's Programs
Students holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year collegiate institution are eligible to apply for admission. Admission is selective; the Admission Committee evaluates applicants' abilities to succeed academically and their potential to contribute to the program.
The master's degree is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline who seek additional professional education in informatics to complement this knowledge. Most graduates of the School of Informatics will emerge as highly sought-after employees in a burgeoning information industry. The master's degrees are designed for a population of students with diverse backgrounds in computer science and technology, graphics, visualization, electronic networking and media communication, library and information science, telecommunications, psychology, cognitive science, journalism, medicine, health and nursing, biology, chemistry, and a host of other fields.
The master's degrees are focused on developing specialized skills and knowledge in information and information technology, with particular application to a specific field of study or practice. Each degree is an interdisciplinary endeavor that combines course work and field experiences from a traditional subject area or discipline with intensive study of information and technology. Because these specialized skills are developed and applied differently in these different fields, specific requirements are established for each degree, and have a content-specific rationale.
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Requests for domestic applications should be directed to the School of Informatics. Completed applications should be sent to:
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Requests for international applications should be directed to:
Completed international applications and all supporting materials should be sent to:
Office of International Admissions
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
Office of International Affairs
620 Union Drive, 207
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
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Applications will not be acted upon until all required documents have been received (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, application fee, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores for all non-native English speakers). Admission to the School of Informatics (excluding the New Media program) is decided on a rolling basis. In order to allow time for processing and making financial aid decisions, applicants must meet the following deadlines for matriculation in fall:
|Financial Aid Consideration
|New Media IUPUI
Financial aid decisions will be made at the same time that admission decisions are made. Students must submit all application materials by the deadline to be considered for financial support.
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Successful applicants for admission to the master's programs must demonstrate skills and knowledge in an academic field relevant to the particular master's program (e.g., biology for bioinformatics). Promising applicants who have deficiencies may, with faculty help, select courses that will provide instruction to overcome deficiencies and meet admissions requirements. However, the courses will not count toward the total number of credits required for the advanced degree.
- Degree requirement: bachelor's degree (with demonstrated technical skills) from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale).
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals in positions to evaluate the applicant's professional promise. Indiana University reserves the right to validate the source of the letters received.
- Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years. Subject tests are recommended if appropriate to the degree.
- Personal statement or sample of creative work.
Each application for admission is carefully evaluated by the admissions committee for the appropriate degree. Applicants to all degree programs must do the following:
- Submit applications to the School of Informatics, or, if necessary, to International Admissions on the IUB campus or the Office of International Affairs on the IUPUI campus.
- Pay a nonrefundable graduate application fee to Indiana University.
- Submit three Application Reference Forms completed by individuals familiar with the applicant's activities and potential to succeed in graduate work. These forms are included in the application packet.
- Arrange for official transcripts to be sent from all colleges and universities attended by the applicant. Transcripts indicating "issued to student" are not considered official. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or original seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts should be mailed directly by a registrar, or given to the applicant by the registrar in a sealed and signed envelope. International applicants should refer to the guidelines outlined in the International Graduate Application for Admission form. If the student has not completed all undergraduate course work at the time of application, the admission decision will be based on information available at the time of application. However, a final transcript showing graduation must be submitted before enrollment. Students who have taken course work on any Indiana University campus do not need to submit an Indiana University transcript.
- Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the General Exam is required; however, an appropriate subject exam (e.g., chemistry for chemical informatics) may be helpful in determining the applicant's potential.
The school does not specify minimum scores, preferring instead to use the full information available in the applicant's dossier. The Media Arts and Science program does not require GRE scores. Information concerning these examinations may be obtained from Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service, CN 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. (www.gre.org).
- If your native language is not English, you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is required of all non-native English speakers. The TOEFL may be waived if a B.S. or M.S. degree has been earned in the United States. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 is required. Registration information can be requested from: TOEFL/TSE Publications, P.O. Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154. (www.toefl.org).
- Submit a personal statement (300-500 words) describing the applicant's educational background and reasons for pursuing graduate study. In addition, some programs may require a sample of creative work or professional accomplishment, which may include written work, a computer program, multimedia presentation, portfolio, etc. Submitted materials should support the applicant's career intentions and plans. (Contact the Office of Informatics for further information).
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