Graduate Students

Advance your career in the best grad programs

Go further in your graduate journey at Indiana University Indianapolis, a leading urban research university and home to the nation's largest medical school. At IU Indianapolis you'll find top graduate and professional programs in business, law, public affairs, and more.

We're here to help you navigate the entire application process, from preparing your application, to applying for admission, to knowing what to expect after your application is submitted

Ready to apply?

At IU Indianapolis, the decision on your admission will come directly from the academic school or department to which you're applying. All of these programs use our centralized application, which allows you to apply to multiple programs at once.

To get started, select the semester you wish to apply for and then click "Apply Now". 

Choose a semester

Any technical difficulties with the IU Graduate CAS application will need to be directed to Applicant Customer Service by phone, email, or chat. The Graduate School is not able to provide technical support on the application.

Applicant Customer Service
Phone: 617-729-2866
Chat: Live Chat support is located in Applicant Help Center

Tips to help you apply for admission

We understand that applying to graduate or professional school can be intimidating. That's why we're here to help, from helping you write your personal statement to gaining letters of recommendation. Explore our tips for applying to graduate or professional school.  

IU Indianapolis offers graduate and professional degrees ranging from graduate certificates all the way to doctoral degrees. 

In addition, current undergraduates have the opportunity to explore many different accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree programs. Accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree programs allow ambitious IUPUI undergraduate students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree AND a master’s degree in a shorter time frame than if pursued independently of each other (i.e., 5 years vs. 6 years).

View our programs by school

  • Research the program, school, and university you are thinking of applying to. Address in your statement why you want to apply to this program.
  • Follow any specific instructions the program has provided for writing your statement.
  • Help the program visualize you. Let them know who you are, what you have done, what you want to do, and how you see that happening.
  • Display confidence and sincerity.
  • Share your passion, interests, experiences, and career goals.
  • Show you have a good understanding of the field, and that you have a strong passion or curiosity about the field.
  • Take time to reflect on yourself. Ask what has brought you here, to want to apply to a graduate program? What are your career goals?
  • Help the admissions committee see that their program is the logical next step for you and that you are a good fit.
  • Address any deficiencies in your academic record but don’t dwell on them.
  • Proof, edit, revise and repeat! Ask others to read it and provide suggestions.
  • Be prepared to talk about your statement with the faculty and staff who have reviewed it if you are invited for an interview.

Generally speaking, the best people to write your letters of recommendation are going to be those who can speak to how you are going to perform in your program, such as professors or instructors, as well as professional colleagues and contacts who can speak to your aptitude for the profession. 

It's important that you first ask these contacts to write a recommendation, and that you give them at least two to four weeks prior to the application deadline to complete the recommendation. Additionally, you should:

  • Provide your transcripts, resume, and personal statement so the recommender completely understands your goals.
  • Provide instructions on how to submit the letter. IU Indianapolis' online application requests email addresses and the recommenders are sent an email asking them to submit the letter to a certain link.
  • Send your recommenders thank you notes or emails.
  • Let your recommenders know the outcome of your application.

The most commonly taken test for graduate school is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). Others include the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), LSAT (Law School Admission Test), MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test), (OAT) Optometry Admission Testing Program, and (DAT) Dental Admissions Test. International students are also required to take the TOEFL exam to show English proficiency.

Tips for Preparing for the GRE

  1. Register and take the test early.
  2. Take free practice tests.
  3. Plan on 1-3 months of preparation time.

There are a number of businesses that offer GRE test preparation materials. Some of them offer free practice tests and downloadable software for studying. They also offer online and live courses with a wide range in pricing. Be sure to take advantage of all the free materials before making any type of investment in classes. ETS, the company that administers the GRE and TOEFL, is a good starting point.

In addition, ETS offers a GRE Fee Reduction Program for individuals who can demonstrate financial need. Voucher users pay 50% of the regular test fee.

Find information on preparing for the LSAT and MCAT.

How to apply for admission

Most graduate school applications require the completion of an online application and transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s or other advanced degrees. In addition, you may be asked for a personal statement (or statement of purpose), letters of recommendation, and entrance exam scores. Not all IU Indianapolis programs require all of these; it depends on the program, so it’s important to find out specific requirements of your desired program.

When you are ready to apply for admission to one or more graduate and professional programs, you will use our centralized application. 

Under the "Ready to Apply" section above, you can get started by selecting the semester you wish to apply for and then click "Apply Now" and you will be redirected to the application. If you have previously applied using CAS for a different cycle, you can save time by using the “reapplication” feature.

When you submit your application online, you must pay a nonrefundable application fee. 

The Graduate School Indianapolis does not provide fee waivers to applicants. Applicant fee waivers can only be provided at the program's discretion. Please reach out to your program of interest to learn their requirements for providing a fee waiver. 

Transcripts should be sent to the program to which you have applied. Please reach out to your program of interest to confirm how to submit transcripts.

Your specific graduate program's website and program materials section of the application will indicate their GRE or other standardized test score requirements. For ETS tests, use the IU Indianapolis school code 1325.

If you are applying for admission to IU Indianapolis as an international applicant on a non-immigrant visa, some processes for submitting documents to IU Indianapolis International Admissions are different from students who reside in the US. 

Review what materials we need and how to submit them

Information for students with prior behavioral or academic conduct

As part of IU Indianapolis' commitment to maintaining a safe campus community, you must disclose on your application prior conduct that resulted in legal or academic disciplinary measures.  

  • Have been subject to formal disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion) for academic or nonacademic reasons at any high school, postsecondary institution, college, or university.
  • Have been charged or convicted of a crime (or a foreign legal equivalent) that has not been expunged by a court.
  • Have any currently pending criminal charges (or a foreign legal equivalent) against you.
  • Have engaged in any behavior that caused injury to any person(s) or property (including, but not limited to, vandalism or behavior that led to a restraining order against you) that resulted in some form of discipline or intervention.


You will not automatically be denied admission to IU Indianapolis if you have a previous conviction or disciplinary action, but your application must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee before an admission decision is made. It can take up to four to six weeks for the Admissions Committee to review applicants with disclosures.

If you meet the criteria above, you will need to provide IU Indianapolis with a detailed statement of your prior conduct and, if applicable, grant us consent to access any legal records associated with your disclosure.  

Learn more and disclose your information

Campus safety and security reports

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing policy statements, crime and fire statistics for all Indiana University campuses, is available online. You may also request a physical copy by emailing IU Public Safety at or by visiting IUPD.