Prospective Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • IUPUI has more than 250 degree 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.

  • 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?

  • 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, ithelp@iu.edu or visit ITHelpLive.

  • 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 website and at Pathways to Science. For the Pathways page, scroll down to the Resource Toolbox with the headings “Graduate School” and “Preparing Applications”.

  • Contact the program you have applied to. Admissions decisions are made first by the program, not by the IUPUI Graduate Office.

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.

To be eligible for a temporary intercampus transfer (ICT), you must be active in a graduate/professional degree-seeking program at another Indiana University campus, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (2.3 GPA for Law School), and have not been an ICT student at IUPUI for more than 2 consecutive terms.

Detailed information about ICT and how to apply can be found at Temporary Intercampus Transfer (ICT).