Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • In addition to the general requirements for graduate admission at IUP, your program of choice may require additional materials to consider your application. Individual requirements for these programs are listed below.

    If you have any additional questions about these individual program requirements, please contact the coordinator of your program for more information. For more information about general requirements for admissions at IUP, contact

    Administration and Leadership Studies,
    Nonprofit and Public Sectors (PhD)

    GRE scores, résumé, writing sample, three letters of recommendation

    Adult and Community Education (MA)
    Adult Education and Communications Technology (MA)


    Applied Archaeology (MA)

    GRE scores

    Art (MA and MFA)

    Portfolio (PDF with 20 images)

    Business (MBA)

    GMAT scores

    Business (MBA, Executive)

    Résumé, GMAT scores (waived for those with four or more years professional experience)

    Business/Workforce Development (MEd)

    GMAT or GRE Scores

    Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

    Three letters of recommendation, GRE scores (subject test not required), goal statement (read about specific requirements here)

    Communications Media and Instructional Technology (PhD)

    If you have earned your master's degree five years or more prior to your application, and have five or more years of full-time employment at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or with a U.S.-based organization directly related to the CMIT curriculum, you will need:

    • a current curriculum vitae
    • a writing sample, including a written response to a research question or problem
    • a personal interview
    • an academic portfolio of work including such items as scholarly publications and presentations or product samples relevant to the CMIT coursework.

    All other applicants will need:

    • recent official GRE or MAT scores that meet department minimum requirements
    • a current curriculum vitae or resume
    • a writing sample that reflects your ability to do academic work and research

    Composition and TESOL, English (PhD)

    Three letters of recommendation are preferred; two are required.
    Goal statement that describes the applicant's research interests and goals for doctoral studies (about three pages, double-spaced).
    Curriculum Vita (CV) or résumé.

    Criminology (PhD)

    Three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, writing sample, goal statement.

    Curriculum and Instruction (DEd)

    Online writing task
    Research-based presentation
    Learn more about each of these requirements on the Curriculum and Instruction website.

    Education (MEd)

    Attending an information session is encouraged, but not mandatory.

    Educational Psychology (MEd)
    School Psychology certification

    GRE scores

    Food and Nutrition (MS)


    Geography (MS)

    GRE scores

    Health and Physical Education (MEd)

    Please read about the additional requirements and prerequisite courses for admission under this link.

    Public History (MA)

    Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    Minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in history.
    At least two history classes beyond the 200-level.
    Minimum grade of 3.0 in undergraduate history courses.
    Writing sample: minimum of 5 to 10 pages, focused on history or public history.

    Music Education (MA)

    Photocopy of current teacher certification in music education (submitted directly to the Department of Music)

    Music Performance (MA)

    Schedule performance audition (contact performance area faculty directly)

    Nursing (PhD)

    GRE scores, including analytical writing.
    Current nursing license.
    Current curriculum vitae.

    Principal Certification

    Please see this page for application requirements, which include a paper application, a rating scale, a 2 page essay, and a signed acknowledgement statement.

    Safety Sciences (MS)


    Safety Sciences (PhD)

    Three letters of recommendation,
    GRE scores,
    Writing sample (thesis, articles, reports, etc.),
    Minimum graduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher

    School Psychology (DEd)

    post-certification applicants: GRE scores; Praxis II School Psychology Exam

    Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

    GRE scores:
    New GRE test taken on or after August 1, 2011: 145 minimum verbal reasoning, 145 minimum quantitative reasoning, 3.5-4.0 analytical writing, and an undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    GRE taken before August 1, 2011: Combined score of 900 or higher and undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    Goal Statement (Essay) must address this prompt: Describe a time that you have been of significant benefit to another person.

    Student Affairs in Higher Education (MA)

    Current Résumé, 
    Personal Data Form (available in Electronic or Print versions), 
    Student Affairs Interest Statement, which addresses the following questions:
    1.) What motivated you to pursue a career in student affairs? 
    2.)  What are your professional goals related to student affairs? 
    3.)  How may your personal knowledge, skills, and experiences positively contribute to the IUP SAHE program? 
    All SAHE-required materials must be submitted directly to the department.

    For any questions about these program-specific application requirements, please contact the coordinator of your graduate program of choice.