Prospective Student FAQs
These are common questions asked by individuals considering graduate school at IUPUI. We hope you find the answers helpful. Check out this brochure for additional useful information. If you would like to be added to a list to receive our bi-monthly e-newsletter for prospective students, please go here »
What do I need to know about graduate programs at IUPUI?
- IUPUI has more than 140 graduate programs.
- IUPUI confers both Indiana University and Purdue University graduate degrees on the Indianapolis campus.
- Graduate admissions are decentralized. Unlike undergraduate admissions, admissions decisions are made by the schools/programs so your application goes first to the program you are applying to, not our office.
- Due to the decentralized nature of graduate studies at IUPUI, we recommend contacting the program(s) you are interested in directly for advice, application deadlines, admissions criteria, etc.
- Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation, and Transcripts should never be sent to our office. They should go to the program to which you are applying. Sending them to us could cause a delay in processing which may lead to a missed deadline. GRE Test Scores are automatically deposited by ETS into a database, which your program representative can access.
What should I consider before applying to graduate school?
- How did I come to the decision to attend graduate school?
- Do I have the time to devote to pursuing this degree?
- Do I need to gain certain credentials in my area of interest?
- Do I love research?
- Am I interested in advanced internships or service learning opportunities?
- Do I want to develop skills and interests into a specific career?
- Do I want career advancement or enhance my job satisfaction?
- How will I pay for graduate school?
What do I need to know about the online application?
- To apply, be sure to follow the instructions provided by the program to which you are applying. You will need to complete an online application and pay an application fee.
- If the payment screen of the online application is not loading, this is most likely occurring because of the internet browser you are using. Attention Safari and Chrome users: Please allow popups and enable third-party cookies to assure the payment system screens behave correctly for the submission of your application. The online application works best in Internet Explorer.
- If you have logon problems or need your guest account reset, you need to contact the IT Helpdesk at either 317-274-4357, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ITHelpLive.
Is there any assistance available to help me with the different components of the application package (writing a personal statement, entrance exams, etc.)?
- The IUPUI Graduate Office offers free workshops to assist you in preparing a successful graduate application package. Admission to graduate programs and applications for fellowships often requires testing of prior learning. The most commonly used of these examinations is the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE. You will find tips for applying on our page here and at Pathways to Science here. For the Pathways page, scroll down to the Resource Toolbox with the headings “Graduate School” and “Preparing Applications”.
How do I check the status of my application?
- Contact the program you have applied to. Admissions decisions are made first by the program, not by the IUPUI Graduate Office.
What if I’m uncertain about the program or career field that might be right for me?
Most students interested in graduate studies have a passion for what they wish to pursue. If you are unsure about your educational path, because our office has limited program-specific information for the 140+ graduate programs offered at IUPUI, we refer you directly to department advisors. We encourage you to spend time reviewing the programs as well as talk with as many advisors from individual programs as possible. They are the experts. They can provide specifics about their program, including the types of careers their alumni have entered with their degree.
Some resources others have found helpful to assist in the decision-making process are:
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook: This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations. You can sort by salary, number of new jobs, educational requirements, and growth rate.
- CareerOneStop: This site offers several self-assessments as well as career profiles and occupation comparisons.
- O*NET Resource Center: This site offers the O*NET Interest Profiler, a self-assessment career exploration tool.
- Book suggestions: What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles; Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. Boldt; Kokology: The Game of Self-Discovery by Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito
- Consider the IUPUI Graduate Non-Degree Program to try out a few courses.
I am a graduate student on another IU campus. How do I get approved for a temporary intercampus transfer to IUPUI?
Temporary intercampus transfers can happen administratively only if you are currently active in a graduate or professional program on an Indiana University campus, and there is a corresponding school or department on the IUPUI campus. You can see what programs we offer by visiting our Graduate Programs webpage. You must initiate the request with your program advisor at your degree seeking campus. The program advisor then will email the intercampus transfers request to the corresponding graduate / professional program at the IUPUI campus.
If the matching school on the IUPUI campus approves of the request, they will work with the IUPUI Office of the Registrar to make you eligible to enroll by submitting the approval, with your University ID and the IUPUI SIS program / plan codes that you should be term activated under.
Intercampus transfers are not possible if there is not a corresponding school/department on the IUPUI campus. If this is the case you must apply for the Graduate Non-Degree (GND) program in order to take graduate level courses. For additional details on the GND Program visit our Graduate Non-Degree Program webpage.
Do any of the graduate programs offer online courses?
What if I am an international student?
- If you will come to IUPUI on a nonimmigrant student visa, IUPUI International Admissions is your source for admissions information.
- If you are a non-native speaker of English, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency.
- Credential analysis is done by the Office of International Affairs after you have applied to a program. The program you have been accepted into will initiate this process.
- Types of documents needed by departments and by the Office of International Affairs
Where can I learn more about the IUPUI Graduate Office?
- The Graduate Office: A Resource for prospective and current graduate/professional students
- Our email; email@example.com
- Our phone number: 317-274-1577
- Like us on Facebook
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list so you can receive information about upcoming events and workshops.