Graduate Programs


Applications for all graduate certificate and M.S. programs must be received by January 15 for fall and summer admission and September 15 for spring admission.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program are only eligible for fall admission and must apply by January 15.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will not review applications until the application fee and all required materials are completed and received by the deadlines indicated.

If applying to one of our health information technology certificates, please review the application procedures unique to those programs.

Application Procedures for All Students
  1. Complete and submit the IUPUI Graduate Online Application form. Paper applications are not accepted.
    • Masters Applicants: Choose "M.S. Informatics" and your intended program (either Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction or Media Arts and Science) in the "Academic Interest" section.
    • Ph.D. Applicants: Choose "Ph.D. Informatics" and "Informatics" in the "Academic Interest" section.
  2. Submit a resume listing your education, work, research, honors/awards and computer programming experience. This may be attached to your online application or sent separately.
  3. Submit a personal statement (visit the IU Writing Center for instructions on how to write such a statement). Your personal statement should indicate the following:
    • Why you're applying to the program.
    • Your post-graduation career plans
    • Ph.D. Applicants ONLY: Note on your statement your intended area of specialization (Bioinformatics, Health Informatics or Human-Computer Interaction).
  4. Submit all official transcripts from previous colleges and universities. A helpful transcript request form is available for your use. NOTE: we do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation from academic instructors and/or employers. At least two of the letters should be from faculty with full-time academic standing from the institute of your most recent degree.
  6. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and ensure that IUPUI receives your score report from the GRE exam board (when applying for financial support). The Informatics school code for the GRE is 1325 – enter this code on the exam’s answer sheets.
    • Masters Applicants: You do not need to take or submit a GRE score unless seeking direct financial assistance such as a university fellowship. A GRE score is not required to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or to seek other federal or private financial assistance opportunities.
    • Ph.D. Applicants: You MUST submit an official GRE score from within the past five years.
  7. Submit English language proficiency exam score (International and non-native English speaking students only – see instructions below).
  8. Pay the $60 application fee.
Special Instructions for International Students and Non-native English Speakers

If your native language is not English, submit with your application one of the following official test scores from within the past two years:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Minimum required scores: 250 for the computer-based test, 600 for the paper test and 79 for the Internet-based test.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum required score: 6

Use IUPUI School Code 1325 to ensure correct routing of your score to IUPUI.

A TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if a B.S. or M.S. degree has been earned in the United States or another native English-speaking country. Alternatives to the TOEFL or IELTS are available.