Graduate Students

Application process for graduate students

You may apply to a graduate program at IU Bloomington during your final year of undergraduate study, or after receiving a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its recognized equivalent).

Deadline for applying

Each graduate program determines its own application deadline and decides when it will accept applications.

Visit your intended program’s website to find out when you need to apply.

Before you begin the application process, you should check our admission standards to make sure you qualify and know how to demonstrate English proficiency.

Each graduate program at IU determines its application deadlines and in which semesters it will accept applications. Please visit your prospective program’s website to determine when you need to apply.

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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.

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After you submit your online application, you will receive immediate email confirmation that it was received.

OIS will send you an email within five business days with your login information for iStart.

You will then need to log in to iStart so you can upload the additional documents you are required to submit.

After you have submitted your application online, there are several documents you will need to send to OIS or your graduate department.

Learn more about required supporting documents

As an international student at IU Bloomington, you are required to submit documents proving you have the financial means to support yourself for a full calendar year, including tuition, fees, and living expenses.

Applicants to graduate programs must submit this information before admission can be finalized and before visa documents can be issued.

We encourage you to submit your financial documents as soon as possible.

Learn more about required financial documentation

You will be notified of the admission decision directly by the department you applied to—by email or by mail.

After the department you applied to informs OIS of the admission decision, OIS will update your admission status in iStart.

If you were admitted to a graduate or professional program at IU Bloomington, OIS will begin to finalize your application and process your necessary immigration documents.

Note: OIS cannot process your immigration documents until you have submitted the required financial documents.

If you would like to cancel your application or withdraw your departmental offer of admission, please contact your department directly.