Early Admission to Graduate Programs

  • IUP’s Early Admission program is designed for highly motivated and successful IUP undergraduates who wish to continue their studies in a graduate program at the university.

    You will need to meet the existing criteria for the graduate program to which you apply, with the single exception that you need not have finished your undergraduate degree. After acceptance to the graduate program, you may apply up to 40 percent of graduate program credits to satisfy the requirements for the undergraduate degree. When you complete your undergraduate degree, you will automatically become a graduate student if you maintain a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, are in good academic standing as a graduate student, and fulfill any undergraduate requirements specified by the department and listed in the admissions letter. 

    Applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA to be considered for early admission, must be applying to their first master’s degree program, and must have completed at least 15 credit hours in their undergraduate major. Visit IUP’s Graduate Catalog for the complete Early Admission to Graduate Program Policy.

    If You Are Interested in Early Admission

    How to Apply for Early Admission

    • Select Apply Online to complete the online graduate school application (which includes a nonrefundable $50 application fee).
    • Select Graduate as the Academic Level.
    • Under Admission Term, select the term which falls immediately after your undergraduate graduation date. For example, if you graduate in May 2016, you would apply for the Summer or Fall 2016 term.
    • In your online application, complete the section titled Current IUP Students. This will help determine eligibility to the program (which depends on variables such as GPA and number of credits earned).
    • Upload all of your supporting documentation on your IUP Admissions Profile.

    Financial Aid

    If you are currently receiving financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to inquire how early admission may affect your aid during the fourth/final year of undergraduate study, the time during which you would be taking both undergraduate and graduate level coursework simultaneously. E-mail financial-aid@iup.edu, or call 724-357-2218.