Graduate Application

The deadline to apply for all M.S. and Ph.D. programs is January 1.

Submitting your application and supporting materials

All programs require you to submit an application and supporting materials online. For your application to be reviewed, it must be complete. A complete application includes:

  • The online graduate and professional admissions application
  • The application fee
  • A statement of purpose
  • Your resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Your transcripts and degree certifications
  • Your GRE scores
  • Your TOEFL scores, if English is not your first language
  • Your portfolio, if you’re an HCI/d applicant
  • Your program specific questions and documents

Incomplete files are not reviewed. Be sure to complete your application as soon as possible.

Application checklist

We strongly recommend that you have this checklist open in a separate window or print it so you can refer to it while you work on your application.

1. Completed online admissions application

After you begin the application, you can save it and continue working on it later.

NOTE: Indiana University will be launching a new application system, Liaison, in early fall. 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 Liaison application system.

2. Application fee

The fee for all students is $70. Your application fee is nonrefundable.

3. Statement of purpose

Upload your statement of purpose as a PDF file with your online application. Be sure to put your name on your statement of purpose. Statements can be submitted only once.

Your statement should be sincere, direct, and—most importantly—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 and why you want to be in the specific track(s) 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 1–3 pages long.

4. Resume or curriculum vitae

Upload your resume or CV as a PDF with your online application. Resumes/CVs can be submitted only once.

5. Letters of recommendation

We require three (3) letters of recommendation. 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.

The online application includes a recommendation section where you’re required to list three recommenders. You must include their:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

After you submit your online application, your recommenders will be sent an automated recommendation request. You may want to let them know that they will receive this request and that they should check their junk mail if the request doesn’t appear in their inbox.

6. Transcript and degree certification

Upload scanned copies of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) with your online application or send a scanned copy of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) as an email attachment to infograd@indiana.edu.

Please note that if you are admitted to our program, you’ll be required to have the registrar or recordkeeping official from each institution at which your previous work was completed mail to us your official transcript(s) and degree certification(s).

International students: Informatics does not require WES evaluations. For the admissions process, you can submit scanned copies of your transcript(s). If you’re admitted to the program, you’ll be required to submit final official transcripts and degree confirmations.

7. GRE scores

You must submit your official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from an exam taken within the last five years directly to Indiana University using the school code 1324. If you have an ETS score sheet, you can scan it and send it as an email attachment to infograd@indiana.edu. We’ll consider those to be your unofficial scores until your official scores arrive.

8. TOEFL scores (nonnative English speakers only)

If you are a nonnative English speaker, you must submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. We do not waive this requirement, as all international students will be required to pass the Test of English Proficiency for International Associate Instructor Candidates (TEPAIC) exam.

You must have your official TOEFL scores from an exam taken within the last two years sent directly to Indiana University using the school code 1324. If you have an ETS score sheet, you can scan it and send it as an email attachment to infograd@indiana.edu. We’ll consider those to be your unofficial scores until your official scores arrive.

If you are admitted to our program and your TOEFL scores are below the required 100 minimum, you may be required to take an English proficiency exam and/or an English class.

We no longer accept the IELTS.

9. Portfolio (for HCI/d applicants)

If you’re an HCI/d applicant, you’re required to submit a portfolio with your online application.

Read the portfolio guidelines

What happens next

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 whether or not you have been admitted

We’ll contact you via email by mid-February if you’re a Ph.D. applicant, and by mid-March if you’re a master’s applicant.

You tell us if you accept your admissions offer

You will have until April 15 to either accept the offer and pay your enrollment deposit, or decline the offer.

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