Graduate Application

How to apply to one of our informatics graduate programs

The IU Graduate CAS application system

In Fall 2019, Indiana University will be launching a new application system called IU Graduate CAS. The current e-app system is turned off and you will not be able to submit an application at this time. If you are interested in applying for Fall 2020, please email infograd@indiana.edu in October, for information about how to apply using the new IU Graduate CAS application system.

In order to apply for any Informatics M.S. and Ph.D. programs, students must complete the online IU Graduate CAS application. Please read carefully the application and program requirements below.

Only completed files are reviewed and it is your responsibility to ensure that all components of the application are complete. You will be able to monitor the status of your application by using the “Check Status” tab.

Deadline to apply for all Informatics M.S. and Ph.D. programs is January 1.

Getting started with IU Graduate CAS

Create an account

  1. Select "Create an account"
  2. Enter your name and contact information
  3. Select a username and password
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions

How to select a program

  1. Once the application launches, select the term for which you want to apply.
  2. Select a program by typing in the program's name or using the filter to search by:
    • Start year
    • Delivery
    • School (School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering)
    • Degree (Ph.D., Master's, and Non-degree)
    • Campus (Bloomington)
    • Start term
  3. Click on one of the Informatics program that you are interested in applying to. The list of the Informatics programs is below:
  4. Click on the Add button (+) on the left-hand side in the "Add" column.

Initial program selection

  1. If this is the first program you select, there will be a "continue" button at the bottom of the page that will need to be selected followed by a few additional prompts.
  2. To add additional programs, search for the program you are wanting to apply for and click on the "add" button or "add program".

IU Graduate CAS overview

The IU Graduate CAS application has four (4) quadrants. Each quadrant must be completed in its entirety before the application can be submitted. The four quadrants do not need to be completed in order. You can update any of the information in any of the four quadrants at any time prior to submission of the application.

The four quadrants consist of:

  • Quadrant 1: Personal information
  • Quadrant 2: Academic history
  • Quadrant 3: Supporting information
  • Quadrant 4: Program materials (specific to the program to which you are applying)

Important notes

Quadrants 1, 2, and 3 are "common" (or the same) for each application you submit to a program at Indiana University. For programs at Indiana University, you only need to complete Quadrants 1, 2, and 3 one time.

Quadrant 4 is specific to the program to which you are applying. You will need to complete Quadrant 4 for each program you apply to at Indiana University.

Be sure to review the instructions in Quadrant 4: program materials including the four tabs (home, documents, recommendations, and questions) as this section contains information about how to apply to this specific program and the required supporting materials.

You can begin working on your application, save it, and return to working on the application later.

You must complete each section in order to save.

Select "My application" and it will take you to the "My Application" also referred to as the "Dashboard."

Your application must be complete and all required documents must be uploaded into the IU Graduate CAS before the system will allow you to submit it.

Quadrant 4: Program materials

In the Program Materials Section, you find four tabs: Home, Recommendations, Documents, and Questions that includes additional information and requirements for each program that you selected in the Add Programs section. Be sure to upload the required materials for the program/track that you selected.

 Home tab

This tab provides an overview of the specific program in which you are applying. It will describe the application requirements and provide links to additional information.

Recommendations tab

This tab provides the opportunity for you to input your recommender’s information. We require three (3) letters of recommendation. You may enter a maximum of 5 recommenders.

Recommendations should be from academic and/or professional references who can attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, knowledge, and experience. If you have experience as a teaching assistant, consider asking your teaching supervisor to write a recommendation.

You will need to include the following information:

  • Recommender's first and last name
  • Recommender's title
  • Recommender's email address
  • Date by which you would like the recommendation completed.
    • Note: This date should be two weeks from the date you entered the recommender's information.
  • Personal message to the recommender

Once you have saved recommendation information, an email request will be sent automatically to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder.

You will be able to monitor the status of the recommendations by using the “Check Status” tab. It is your responsibility to ensure that the recommendation requests are received and completed on time. The Graduate Studies Offices will not notify recommenders about missing recommendations.

You can resend a recommendation requests by going to the Recommendation section and locate the recommendation that you wish to resend. You will need to edit the recommendation request by clicking on the pencil icon next to the recommender’s name. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Resend this Recommendation Request.”

Document tab

This tab explains the required documents of the specific program to which you are applying. See your program’s specific requirements below. Accepted file types are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png. The file cannot exceed 15MB.

Questions tab

Under the Questions tab, there are questions that you must answer. There are questions specific to Informatics and/or program specific questions.

If you are applying to the Bioinformatics track, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4.

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal Statement

The Bioinformatics Admission Committee (BIO) requires all applicants to upload a BIO personal statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Why you want to be in the program
  • Your academic goals and your abilities
  • Your plans after completion of this degree
  • The area of research you would like to pursue as a student in the program
  • The faculty member(s) you would like to work with on research
  • Any previous research experience you have had

List of publications

In Quadrant 4, please upload the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication that has been submitted for publication noting the status of each paper/publication as (1) "In Review;" (2) "Accepted;" (3) "Published.

Bioinformatics track specific questions

  1. What is the extent of your prior education and training in biology? (In the Quadrant 4 questions tab there will be a text box.)
  2. What is the extent of your prior education and training in computer science? (In the Quadrant 4 questions tab, there will be a text box.)
  3. What is the extent of your prior education and training in mathematics and statistics? (In the Quadrant 4 questions tab, there will be a text box.)
  4. What are your knowledge and skill levels in programming languages? (In the Quadrant 4 questions tab, there will be a text box.)

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Computing, Culture, and Society track, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal Statement

The Computing, Culture, and Society (CCS) Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a CCS personal statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Why you want to be a member of the CCS track
  • If you have applied to other tracks as well, please indicate your ranked preference for CCS
  • Your academic goals and your strengths
  • Any previous research experience
  • The area of research you would like to pursue as a student in the program
  • The CCS track faculty member(s) you would like to work with and why
  • Your plans after completion of this degree
  • Any anomalies in your academic record that you would like to explain

List of publications

In Quadrant 4, please upload the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication that has been submitted for publication noting the status of each paper/publication as (1) “In Review;” (2) “Accepted;” or (3) “Published.

Writing sample, research paper, and/or essays

The ability to write excellent English and to do competent research is very important in the Computing, Culture, and Society track. Therefore, please feel free to upload one or more examples of a writing sample, a research paper, or an essay you have submitted in fulfillment of course or degree requirements.

Computing, Culture, and Society track specific questions

In the Quadrant 4 questions tab, there will be a text box for each question.

Are you proficient in any programming languages or research software? If so, please list.

Informatics Questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Complex Networks and Systems track, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Complex Networks and Systems Admission (CNS) Committee requires all applicants to upload a CNS Statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Your statement should be sincere, direct, and most of all, written by you.
  • The admissions committee wants to know about your academic goals, research interests, and abilities.
  • You should explain why you want to be in the program as well as why you want to be in the specific tracks you selected.
  • You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record.

National Science Foundation Research Trainieeship Award in Complex Networks and Systems specific questions (CNS NRT)

  • Are you interested in having your application considered for the CNS NRT program?
  • Since the CNS NRT requires students to pursue a dual-Ph.D. major between Informatics/CNS and another program, please list your preferred dual-major programs (see examples of dual-major options).
  • List the names of IU faculty who you have been in contact with regarding admission to the CNS NRT program.
  • List faculty you are interested in working with.

Special note to students interested in the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Award in Complex Networks and Systems questions

  • All students must apply and be admitted to the Ph.D. Complex Networks and Systems program.
  • All students must indicate interest in CNS NRT program by completing CNS NRT specific questions
  • All students interested in the CNS NRT program must pursue a double major. Hence, applicants must apply and be accepted to both programs (Ph.D. Complex Networks and Systems and another program in the social sciences) in order to begin a double degree program. If you have questions, email infograd@indiana.edu.

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Human Computer Interaction Design track, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Human Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a HCI/d statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • What are your research interests?
  • Tell us about your prior experience doing research.
  • Why do you want to be in this program, as opposed to others?
  • Which faculty do you see yourself working with?
  • What are your academic and professional goals?

List of publications

In Quadrant 4, please upload the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication that has been submitted for publication noting the status of each paper/publication as (1) “In Review;” (2) “Accepted;” or (3) “Published.

Writing sample, research paper, and/or essays

The ability to write excellent English and to do competent research is very important in the Human Computer Interaction Design track. Therefore, please feel free to upload one or more examples of a writing sample, a research paper, or an essay you have submitted in fulfillment of course or degree requirements.

Portfolio

Read the portfolio guidelines

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Health Informatics track, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Health Informatics Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a Health Informatics Personal Statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Your statement should be sincere, direct, and most of all, written by you.
  • The admissions committee wants to know about your academic goals, research interests, and abilities.
  • You should explain why you want to be in the program as well as why you want to be in the specific tracks you selected.
  • You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record.

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Intelligent and Interactive Systems track, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Intelligent and Interactive Systems (IIS) Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload an IIS Personal Statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Your statement should be sincere, direct, and most of all, written by you.
  • The admissions committee wants to know about your academic goals, research interests, and abilities.
  • You should explain why you want to be in the program as well as why you want to be in the specific tracks you selected.
  • You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record.

List of publications

In Quadrant 4, please upload the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication that has been submitted for publication noting the status of each paper/publication as (1) “In Review;” (2) “Accepted;” or (3) “Published.

Writing sample, research paper, and/or essays

The ability to write excellent English and to do competent research is very important in the Intelligent and Interactive Systems track. Therefore, please feel free to upload one or more examples of a writing sample, a research paper, or an essay you have submitted in fulfillment of course or degree requirements.

Informatics questions

Please see a list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Security program, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Security Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a Security personal statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Your statement should be sincere, direct, and most of all, written by you.
  • The admissions committee wants to know about your academic goals, research interests, and abilities.
  • You should explain why you want to be in the program as well as why you want to be in the specific tracks you selected.
  • You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record.
  • There is no word limit, but most statements are between 1-3 pages in length.

List of publications

In Quadrant 4, please upload the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication that has been submitted for publication noting the status of each paper/publication as (1) “In Review;” (2) “Accepted;” or (3) “Published.

Writing sample, research paper, and/or essays

The ability to write excellent English and to do competent research is very important in the Security Informatics track. Therefore, please feel free to upload one or more examples of a writing sample, a research paper, or an essay you have submitted in fulfillment of course or degree requirements.

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Virtual Heritage program, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Virtual Heritage Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a Virtual Heritage personal statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • What attracts you to the program?
  • Your plans after completion of this degree.
  • The area of research you would like to pursue as a student in the program.
  • Any previous research experience you have had that is relevant to the program.
  • What skills and previous training you bring to the program that should make successful completion of the degree highly likely?
  • You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record.

List of publications

In Quadrant 4, please upload the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication that has been submitted for publication noting the status of each paper/publication as (1) “In Review;” (2) “Accepted;” or (3) “Published.

Writing sample, research paper, and/or essays

The ability to write excellent English and to do competent research is very important in the Virtual Heritage track. Therefore, please feel free to upload one or more examples of a writing sample, a research paper, or an essay you have submitted in fulfillment of course or degree requirements.

Virtual Heritage track specific questions

In the Quadrant 4 Questions Tab, there will be a text box for each question.

  1. What, if any, courses have you taken in the fields of History, Art History, Archaeology, Digital Photography, 3D Modeling and Computer Graphics?
  2. Have you participated in an archaeological excavation? If so, give the name of the site, the date of your participation, and your role.
  3. What ancient or modern foreign languages are you competent to read?

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Human Computer Interaction MS program, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Resume/CV

Only one submission allowed.

Personal statement

The Human Computer Interaction MS (HCI MS) Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a HCI MS personal statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Why do you want to be in this program, as opposed to others?
  • What is your academic background?
  • What are your academic goals, and how do you believe that the MS HCI/d program will help you achieve them?
  • What do you hope to bring to the program (abilities, interests, etc.)?

Publication list, if applicable

If you have submitted a paper(s) for publication, please submit the bibliographic citation for each paper/publication and note the status of each paper/publication as (1) “In Review;” (2) “Accepted;” or (3) “Published.

Writing sample, research paper, and/or essays

The ability to write excellent English and to do competent research is very important in the HCI MS track. Therefore, please feel free to submit one or more examples of research papers you have submitted in fulfillment of course or degree requirements.

Portfolio

If you are an HCI/d applicant, you are required to upload a portfolio with your online application. Your portfolio should show your best work. You do not need to show design work, if that is not your best work. An applicant with a software engineering background might submit a system; one with a literature background might submit a critical essay; one with a business background might submit a business plan.

Read the portfolio guidelines

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

If you are applying to the Informatics MS program, you are required to upload the following in Quadrant 4:

Personal statement

The Informatics MS (MSI) Admission Committee requires all applicants to upload a MSI personal statement. The statement has no word limit and should include the following:

  • Your statement should be sincere, direct, and most of all, written by you.
  • The admissions committee wants to know about your academic goals, research interests, and abilities.
  • You should explain why you want to be in the program as well as why you want to be in the specific track you selected.
  • You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record.
  • There is no word limit, but most statements are between 1-3 pages in length.

Informatics questions

Please see list of questions at the bottom of the page that will be asked for each program.

Informatics questions

  1. Are you applying to any other programs in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering? If so, what program(s)? (In the Quadrant 4 Questions tab, a dropdown list is provided.)
  2. Do you plan on being a full-time or part-time student?
  3. Are you seeking to double major in another program? If yes, what is the other program?
  4. From what sources do you expect to receive funding?  (We will provide a dropdown list.)
  5. Please list the names of up to three professors who you are interested in working with if you are admitted to the program. (In the Quadrant 4 Questions tab, a dropdown list will be provided.)
  6. Please list up to five (5) area of research that interests you. (In the Quadrant 4 Questions tab, a dropdown list will be provided.)
  7. Please list up to three (3) research centers you would be interested in working in. (In the Quadrant 4 Questions tab, a dropdown list will be provided.)

What happens once you submit your application?

We evaluate your application

Beginning in January, the admissions committee takes several weeks to evaluate all complete applications that were received by the deadline.

We tell you the admission decision by mid-March.

If you are admitted, you have until April 15 to let us know your decision.

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