Graduate

How to Apply: Graduate Students

You must meet the admissions requirements and be sure to include all of the application requirements listed below when you apply. If your application is incomplete, you will receive an e-mail notification specifying which items are missing.

Admissions Requirements

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.

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.

You may learn more about the GRE and find testing locations throughout the world through the Educational Testing ServiceUse the school code 1324 when submitting your scores to Indiana University. If reporting scores directly after sitting for the exam, please ensure on your confirmation from ETS that Indiana University is listed as a Designated Score Recipient. If IU is listed as an Undergraduate Score Recipient, your scores will not be received.

Application Requirements

Your personal goal statement is an important part of the review process for our faculty members as they consider your application. They want to know about your background, work experience, plans for graduate study and professional career, qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the program, and any other relevant information. This document should be prepared using a word processing program (not handwritten) and should be 300 to 500 words. You can upload your personal goal statement as a PDF file or as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) into the online application itself. No other file formats will be accepted into the online application.

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Domestic Students:

Submit one official transcript from each college or university you attended where you earned a degree or earned credit applied towards a degree. Transcripts may be sent to us by either the institution or you; however, transcripts must arrive in a sealed, official envelope. Loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted.

You do not need to submit transcripts from Indiana University. We will be able to access your IU transcript directly.

Transcripts and supplemental application materials should be sent to:
Indiana University
School of Education
Office of Graduate Studies
W.W. Wright Education Building Room 2116
201 North Rose Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006

Electronic transcripts are acceptable if the transcript is official and comes directly from the University or appropriate transcript service.  Please have the transcript sent directly to the Indiana University, School of Education, Graduate Studies Admission Office at gsoadms@indiana.edu.

International Students:

Submit one official transcript from each college or university you attended where you earned a degree or earned credit applied towards a degree. Transcripts may be sent to the Office of International Services by either the institution or you; however, transcripts must arrive in a sealed, official envelope. Loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. For important information about how to submit your academic records, please see the Office of International Services website.

Transcripts and supplemental application materials should be sent to:
Office of International Services
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
U.S.A.

OIS Document Requirements »

The number of letters of recommendation required varies between programs. This information can be found under the "admissions requirements" tab on the page for the program to which you are applying.

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. 

Keep the following criteria in mind as you consider whom to ask for a recommendation.

  • People who can comment from personal knowledge about your academic qualifications for graduate study are preferred. Ideally these recommenders are your former professors or advisors from your previous academic institutions.
  • People who can comment about your professional qualifications are acceptable recommenders if you have been out of school for a number of years. Ideally these recommenders are your former or current supervisors.
  • Family members, classmates, and friends are not acceptable recommenders.

Instructions for online submission: An electronic request to your recommenders will be automatically sent when you submit your online application. Recommenders may upload their letters directly.

Instructions for mail submission: Your supervisor should write the letter on institution or company letterhead and include your name and the name of the program to which you are applying in the introduction. Each recommender must enclose the letter in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and mail the envelope directly to:

School of Education
Office of Graduate Studies
Wendell W. Wright Education Building, Suite 2100
201 N. Rose Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006

Should the recommender prefer to send the letter directly to our office, he or she may do so. Unsigned envelopes with reference letters cannot be accepted.

Please communicate the application deadline to your recommenders so that they will have opportunity to submit their letters well in advance.

All international students 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, and 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

You can learn more about the TOEFL and find testing locations throughout the world through the Educational Testing Service.

Faculty members in the program to which you are applying will make initial decisions about admissions. After faculty members review applications, they make their admissions recommendations to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, who makes the final decision.

Note that faculty members will not review your application until it is complete. After you submit your application online, you will receive an email listing all of the supporting documents that have yet to be received (if any). We recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the deadlines to allow time for all materials, including letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and official test scores, to arrive before the deadline.

If your application is incomplete, you will receive an e-mail notification specifying which items are missing.

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.