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Admissions Criteria

  • A baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree, requiring four years of full-time study or equivalent, from a college or university holding full regional or national accreditation, is required for admission to all graduate programs. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from an institution holding only state accreditation may be granted conditional admission if their other application credentials are strong. Applicants in the last semester of a four-year undergraduate program may be granted conditional admission until such time as the baccalaureate degree has been awarded.

  • The minimum acceptable undergraduate grade point average (GPA) varies from program to program. All graduate degree programs require a GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Some graduate programs require an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher in the last 60 credit hours. Other programs require a GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work. All licensure programs require a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Exceptions are made when undergraduate course work is judged to have been especially rigorous, and when other application credentials are very strong.

  • Most master’s and specialist programs require applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.30 in graduate course work taken prior to application. Doctoral programs usually require a minimum GPA of 3.50 in prior graduate course work. Applicants to licensure programs must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.00 in graduate course work. Individual judgments are made about the rigor of grading in the graduate work presented.

  • Letters of recommendation must document academic and scholarly performance, strong social and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and moral character. Letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know the applicant’s academic and intellectual skills are preferred. Letters from employers and others who know the applicant’s work habits and character are also acceptable.

  • The GRE is required for all Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. applicants, and for most master's applicants in departments other than Curriculum and Instruction and Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. The GRE is required for all international applicants. Students admitted to doctoral programs in education typically must have a total GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 302 or better (1100 on exams taken before August 1, 2011) and an analytical writing score of 4.0 or better. Specialist and most master's programs require a GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 291 or better (900 on exams taken before August 1, 2011) and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or better for admission. The test must have been taken within five years prior to application.

  • Some exceptions to the GRE requirement do exist but apply only in the following circumstances:

    • Domestic applicants to the master's degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction and Literacy, Culture, and Language Education with a final, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher are not required to take the exam.
    • Applicants to the master's degree in Educational Leadership are not required to submit GRE scores. This applies to both the online and hybrid delivery methods of the degree program. 
    • Generally, students in licensure-only programs are not required to submit GRE scores unless applying to the Transition to Teaching or the Counselor Education Licensure Program, which require scores to be submitted.
    • Domestic Transition to Teaching applicants with a final, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher are not required to submit GRE scores. However, if licensure-only students switch to another program or apply to an Ed.S., Ed.D., or Ph.D. program, they will be required to take the GRE.
  • The applicant’s personal goal statement must specify academic and career goals compatible with the training goals of the program to which application has been made.
  • All international applicants whose first language is not English must submit recent scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years prior to your application. We do not accept substitutions for the TOEFL. Use the school code 1324 when submitting your scores to Indiana University. 
    • Written version: Score of 550 is ordinarily required
    • Computer-based version: Score of 213 is ordinarily required
    • Internet-based version: Score of 79 is ordinarily required
  • Admission to all graduate programs is subject to availability of space. Program faculty size, the number of students already in a program, and the number of new applicants all affect selection ratios in a given year.

  • The policy of Indiana University prohibits the use of the following characteristics in selecting students for graduate programs: age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, socioeconomic class, country of birth, or physical handicap.