Admissions / Academics
No, applications are still being accepted for many graduate and professional programs at IUPUI for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021! Visit our How to Apply webpage and the IU Graduate CAS application to explore options!
The online application will give you the option to upload your unofficial transcript. Contact the program you are applying to regarding when, and how to submit your official transcript.
Due to the decentralized nature of graduate admissions at IUPUI we ask that you contact the program you are applying to regarding how to submit your official transcript.
- Most admission-related documents for students who began Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or will begin in Fall 2020 are not required for submission until March 1, 2021 (check with your program advisor).
- Exceptions to IU University Graduate School deadlines – case by case review
The following is for Purdue applicants only:
- Allowances for second deferments – If you have already deferred your admission once prior, please contact your program advisor regarding the possibility of a second deferral.
- Allowances for three semesters of eligibility to register to be extended (due to lack of enrollment) – Typical procedure is that students enrolled in Purdue programs can only have up to two terms with no course enrollment (including summer), but three or more terms with no enrollment requires that the student reapply to the program. Please contact your program advisor if you wish to enroll, but have not been enrolled for three or more terms.
In order to help ensure the health and safety for our community, some important changes have been made to the academic calendar for the year ahead.
The Schools are in the planning stages with department chairs and Deans while the Registrar is completing the process of determining how many students can be in each classroom given social distancing requirements. The academic units and the Office of the Registrar are coordinating which classes are best for face-to-face and / or virtual instruction. An updated Fall 2020 schedule with the new delivery formats is scheduled to be available mid-July.
At this time, focus on getting enrolled in the right course, rather than a specific section. Once formats update, you will be able to see the updates in the iGPS course schedule (the authenticated version rather than the public course search). You will be able to see your updated class details as soon as they occur. Some changes will result in an automatic notification (class dates/time/room changes), but other changes will only be found in the class details so be sure to check those class details periodically.
Please contact the program you were admitted to, if you are not able to start classes in the semester for which you were originally admitted. The program will be able to assist with options available and defer your enrollment term as needed.
IUPUI accepts Duolingo scores for residents of some countries for English proficiency. Duolingo can be completed online. Please visit Duolingo English Test for more information. Other English admissions examinations are also being offered online. See the Office of International Affairs “Temporary Change to English Proficiency Admissions Requirements during COVID-19” webpage.
Depending on your standardized test schools for English proficiency (TOEFL/IELT/DUO) you may need to take the campus examinations for English. Faculty in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program are providing the campus examination online in summer 2020. Please contact our testing center to schedule an examination date. We are also offering courses in English for Academic Purposes at the graduate level in summer and fall 2020 online. Your department or graduate program can guide you in enrolling in these courses dependent on your results from the EAP examination.
The Office of International Affairs has created an extensive Frequently Asked Questions section on their website.
Safety / Health
In order to keep the IU community safe, the Student Commitment Form (accessed through One.IU) should be completed by students who are attending class on campus to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities, guidelines, and best practices for maintaining a welcoming environment.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are asking everyone to take personal responsibility to protect the health and safety of Indiana University students, faculty, staff, students and visitors. Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, all students, faculty, staff, contractors, suppliers, vendors, and visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings in all hallways, elevators, public spaces, and common areas, and when entering all IU buildings. Cloth face coverings must also be worn in outdoor spaces where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
This new requirement coincides with the resumption of laboratory research in accordance with the recommendations of the Research Restart Committee. The procedures for restarting laboratory research can be found on the Office of the Vice President for Research website. It also aligns with the CDC’s recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public settings.
IU will be providing two cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff before the fall 2020 semester begins.
In addition to wearing cloth face coverings, you must also take the following personal precautions while on campus:
- Practice physical distancing at all times (at least six feet of physical separation between yourself and others).
- Practice good personal hygiene, including washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap is unavailable.
- Routinely clean and sanitize your work space and shared equipment.
- Adhere to the guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as federal and state governmental authorities, in order to protect your own health and the health of the entire IU community.
Through an agreement with Indiana University Health, IU students, faculty and staff will have access to a comprehensive series of services related to the screening, testing and management of COVID-19.
As part of the agreement, all IU students, faculty and staff at any IU campus or facility who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to use virtual visits and local clinics where samples can be collected for virus testing if needed. Access IU Health Virtual Visits through one.iu.edu.
IU also created a Medical Guidance webpage that guides you in determining when you should seek medical help.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has created a new web page with many resources for emotional well-being during COVID-19.
The IUPUI Graduate Office also partners with the Graduate Mentoring Center and student organizations, such as Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG) and Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization to offer workshops and events such as mindfulness, meditation, stress management and more.
No, there is no hazard pay. But in both of these examples, you should receive guidance on protecting both yourself, students, and others in these situations. Be sure to review the Student Commitment Form accessed through One.IU.
Thesis and Dissertation Defense
All student committee meetings including defense and qualifying/candidacy examinations as well as seminars and presentations offered by students, should be held using Zoom during the COVID 19 outbreak, unless otherwise required by your school.
IU Graduate School accepts electronic signatures on the master thesis acceptance page, and doctoral acceptance page and abstract. Faculty who are unable to affix their electronic signature to the signature pages should email their graduate program advisor and the Graduate Office at email@example.com for assistance.
Purdue thesis form signatures are electronic and committee members either have access to sign or utilize a proxy who has access to sign.
We recognize that unusual exceptions may be needed to help students progress in their studies and graduate during this time. Reach out to our staff for guidance on exceptions for polices and deadlines (IU – firstname.lastname@example.org or Purdue – email@example.com). This may include exceptions for deadlines such as candidacy, revalidation period, and document submission. Exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis as always.
Most instructors will use Zoom, which is video conferencing software, and Canvas, the course management system where assignments, syllabi, etc. are posted.
Zoom is a video conferencing software available to the IUPUI community that allows attendees to log in and participate remotely. Please visit Knowledge Base for more information.
Tuition / Housing
TAs / Research / Graduation
There will be opportunities for TAs to be in the classrooms this academic year. However, it may look different dependent on the delivery format for the course. TAs should reach out to their graduate program director to ask about plans for the fall in terms of timing for courses and their role in teaching. For those new to teaching or wishing to refresh their knowledge, the Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a TA orientation as a Canvas course and possibly on site. See the CTL at IUPUI-TA-Orientation 2020.
The safety and well-being of our TAs is important, so do seek guidance from your program director and course director.
Everyone on campus (students, faculty, staff, visitors) should be wearing a facial covering when inside an IU building, as well as outside when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. TAs can tell students they must leave the classroom if they refuse to wear a mask. Enforcement will be handled as classroom and workplace governance. Complaints should be sent to faculty or Student Affairs.
This is a complex question which may depend on your source of funding and your teaching, research or service duties. If you find yourself in this situation, contact your supervisor (graduate program advisor or course instructor) and they can assist you in getting information from Academic Affairs or Human Resources dependent on your position.
IU has allowed only a small number of essential research activities to continue on campus during March-May 2020, while classes were moved to an online platform. In June, a larger number of graduate students, faculty, and staff were allowed to return to campus to continue or restart their research.
COVID-19 disruptions may slow progress to your degree and we recognize how important your research is to you and IUPUI. We suggest talking with your current research advisor to discuss how you might revise expectations for meeting graduate research credit grade requirements summer or fall semester and graduation research requirements in the event you need to work remotely. You might need to adjust your deliverables on a project, or adjust your research proposal objectives.
Whenever possible, class participation, research, and defenses should continue as planned. Students should contact their program director for specific information, particularly those students in clinical degree programs.
- For PhD students, you will have the ability to take your final examination in the semester following preliminary examination or two semesters after preliminary examination, by noting COVID-19 impact on exam request form. (For those taking preliminary examinations in Summer or Fall 2020.)
- For thesis students, through Fall 2020, all preliminary and final examinations may be held online.
- Exceptions to deadlines – case by case review (check with your program)
Please contact the Office of International Affairs for answers to these and other questions related to international students.
IU McKinney will be offering a hybrid approach of both online and in person classes for the fall semester. Please monitor your email for more information.
From the Kelley School of Business: The quarter system will be impacted the same as the semester system by following all of the university and local guidelines for social distancing. We are reviewing our classroom capacity, determining how our courses will be taught (online or hybrid with some in person and some online) and other requirements such as wearing of masks and classroom sanitation procedures. The dates of the fall quarter coincide with the start of the fall semester and will conclude in mid-November, prior to the Thanksgiving break, so the dates for the fall quarter fall in line with the currently prescribed guidelines.
Medicine, Dentistry, and Law also offer courses on a quarter system. Check with your program director or advisor for updates on the schedule.
IUSM medical students in the pre-clerkship phase of training will have essential face-to-face clinical skills sessions this fall (August 2020). Right now, we anticipate that students in the clerkship training will be moving back into the clinics at the end of June.
Our OT Class of 2021 students will be out on a 12-week clinical rotation Sept. 21 – Dec. 11. This rotation was originally scheduled for summer, but we adjusted due COVID-19 site cancellations. We have also had some sites close permanently, plus several site cancellations for fall, so we are working on new placements for those students who are impacted.
Yes, the PT students will need to complete clinical practicums this fall that were cancelled from the summer. We are hopeful that the clinics will be able to manage our students this fall. The pandemic has caused several of our sites to close permanently, so we are working to relocate students for their fall experiences.
Our students have clinical rotations, and we were planning on them following our original schedule which would have them out on clinical rotations until Dec. 18, and then resume again the first week of January until they graduate August 2021.
Because most graduate students are working in clinical practice, their clinical experience hours are often strategically spread out over the traditional semester to accommodate work schedules. We anticipate we will probably need to continue on that path for the fall semester, permitting graduate nursing students to complete their clinical hours across the 16-week semester. For graduate nursing student learning experiences planned to be held in skills labs/simulation space, these in-person learning experiences will need to be completed prior to the beginning of Thanksgiving week (Nov. 20). As things may change, we may need to consider making additional changes to this plan for our graduate students clinical learning experiences.
Workshops / Events for Current & Prospective Students
The IUPUI Graduate Office offers both social and student success events to current and prospective students. Due to social distancing requirements, many of these events will be held virtually. See our Event Calendar for more information.