Application for Admission

To assure that course credit will be eligible to count toward an intended graduate degree, prospective graduate students, including graduates of Indiana University, must make formal application and be admitted to a department, program, or academic school. Most programs of the University Graduate School consider applica­tions for admission and financial aid that are completed by the following dates:

  • January 15 for the fall semester
  • September 1 for the spring semester
  • January 1 for the summer

If a program uses other deadlines, the applicant will be informed by the program staff. Many graduate programs consider applications submitted after a deadline as long as all available spaces for students have not been filled by highly qualified applicants. Inquiries about late applications for admission or financial aid should be addressed to the program of the stu­dent’s intended major.

Application Requirements

Electronic applications are the only form of application at IU Bloomington and IUPUI except where accomodations are needed.

All applications must be accompanied by one complete transcript of all previous college and university work and should be submit­ted directly to the department in which the student wishes to apply. 

By action of the Trustees of Indiana University, a nonrefundable application fee of $60 is required of all domestic applicants. A $65 application fee is required of all international applicants. At IU Bloomington, Continuing Nondegree Program students are not assessed an application fee, but a $25 processing fee is assessed each semester in which they enroll. All Graduate Nondegree students on the Indianapolis campus must pay a $60 fee for domestic applications and a $65 fee for international applications.

Acceptance to an Academic Program

Admission (except for Continuing/Graduate Nondegree students) is made to a particular department for a specific degree, and no student shall be permitted to work toward a degree without first having been admitted to do so. A flexible entry procedure for basic science programs at Indianapolis allows Ph.D. students up to one year to identify a research laboratory and degree pro­gram. Students desiring to change departments must apply and be admitted to the new program. Requests for change of degree status must be submitted by the department and approved by the dean.

Following the notice of admission to the University Graduate School, an applicant normally has two calendar years in which to enroll. Supplementary transcripts of any additional aca­demic work undertaken during that period are required, and a department may request additional letters of recommendation. Should the updated material prove unsatisfactory, the admis­sion may be canceled. If the applicant fails to enroll within two years, a completely new application is required.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants may be required to take the Graduate Record Exami­nation General Test, Subject Test, or both based on departmental requirements. Information concerning these examinations may be obtained online at Further information can be obtained from the University Graduate School Bloomington or Indianapolis office.

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