How to Apply
You may apply for graduate status during your final year of undergraduate study or after receiving a U.S. bachelor's degree or its recognized equivalent.
Before you start the application process, you should check our admissions standards to ensure you qualify.
Once you are ready to apply, the first step in the application process is to complete the online application.
Each program determines its application deadlines and which semesters it will accept applications. Visit your prospective program’s website to determine when you need to apply.
How to Complete the Online Application
When you arrive at the application portal, you will be asked a few general questions designed to determine what kind of application you will be completing. Once the system correctly identifies your admission status as a graduate international student, you will be guided through a series of forms. These forms will ask for:
Desired DegreeThis form asks you what academic program you intend to enroll in, what type of degree you seek, and when you want to start classes.
Personal InformationThis form asks for your full name, gender, and date of birth, as well as current visa status, citizenship, and ethnicity.
Additional InformationThis form asks for your permanent and mailing addresses, your email address, and your current phone number, among other things.
Application InformationThis form asks about the universities you have attended, your employment history, your test scores, and your list of professional publications.
Activities and Other Information
This form gives you the opportunity to tell the IU admissions staff what kinds of extracurricular activities you have participated in.
Department InformationThis form asks for letters of recommendation and a personal statement, and includes specific departmental questions and requirements.
Submit and Pay FeeAt this point, you submit your application and pay the application fee. You must pay by credit card. It is $65 unless you are applying to the Kelley School of Business MBA, MSIS, and MSA programs, which have a $75 fee.
After you apply, you will be required to submit additional documentation. Learn more »
Programs with Special Application Processes
If you are interested in one of the following graduate programs, you will have to complete a more specialized application process. Please visit your program's website to learn how to apply.
- Accounting (MSA)
- Business Administration (MBA)
- Computer Science
- East Asia Languages & Cultures
- Information Systems (MSIS)
- Law (LLM, MCL, PhD and SJD only)
- Information and Library Science
What Happens After You Complete the Online Application
After you submit your application, you will receive immediate email confirmation that it was received. OIS will send you an email within five business days with your log-on information for iStart so you can upload the additional documents that you are required to submit.