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.
Application Procedures for U.S. Citizens
Requests for domestic applications should be directed to the School of Informatics. Completed applications should be sent to:
Application Procedures for International Students
Requests for international applications should be directed to:
Completed international applications and all supporting materials should be sent to:
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 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.
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.
Students may compete for a limited number of graduate assistantship appointments. Assistantships are awarded solely on the basis of merit. These appointments constitute the most common type of financial assistance offered through the School of Informatics. Graduate assistantships include a stipend and a fee scholarship. Students will be assigned to work in areas supporting the mission of the School of Informatics.
Students applying for admission to the program should complete the financial aid form if they wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship.
Fellowships and Scholarships
Although the majority of financial aid is in the form of assistantships, a limited number of fellowships and scholarships are also available. Those receiving fellowships and scholarships are not required to perform any duties in return for the stipend. These awards are also made solely on a merit basis.
Students applying for admission to the program are considered for fellowships and scholarships; there is no additional application to complete. Awards are normally granted for an academic year. The school is developing new sources of funding, and students are encouraged to review the informatics web site for up-to-date information or call the School of Informatics.
The GradGrants Center(GGC) is a free service available to all enrolled graduate students on all campuses of Indiana University. The GGC provides information and training to assist graduate students in their search for funding to further graduate study at Indiana University. The GradGrants Center-Bloomington is located in the Main Library, Room 1052E; (812) 855-5281; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: www.indiana.edu/~gradgrnt/index.html. The Indianapolis campus has a center to provide similar services for IUPUI graduate students located in the Union Building, Room 518; (317) 274-4023.
Domestic students who need financial assistance not provided by any of the awards already mentioned are eligible to apply for need-based financial aid. For graduate students, most need-based aid is in the form of student loans. For further information, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Indiana University, Franklin Hall 208, Bloomington, IN 47405; (812) 855-0321; or the Office of Student Financial Aid, IUPUI, Cavanaugh Hall 103, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202; (317) 274-4162.