Graduate Students

  • IUP offers numerous master’s and doctoral degree programs, and each one has different application requirements. Students who reside in one of the countries listed in the TOEFL waiver form will not be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    The School of Graduate Studies and Research oversees the admission process for graduate students, but there are additional requirements for international graduate applicants:

    International Application Deadlines:


    • July 1 (Africa)
    • July 15 (All others)
    • Mid-August (International students in the USA with good immigration status)


    • November 15 (Africa)
    • December 1 (All others)
    • Mid-January (International students in the USA with good immigration status)


    All applications are to be submitted electronically. How to Apply.

    Application Fees

    Paying the application fee is the final step before submitting your application electronically.

    Please make sure that you can meet all of the admission and program requirements before submitting your application. Under no circumstance will the application fee be waived or returned.

    Requirements for International Applicants

    International applicants are required to meet the standard admission requirements and application requirements.

    IUP considers all students who will enter the U.S. on F or J visas as “International Students” for admission purposes. International graduate applicants are not considered for admission to sites or locations other than the IUP main (Indiana) campus, unless taking courses online outside of the United States. 

    International students are not admitted for the Summer term unless applying to a “Summers Only program” or are already an IUP student.

    Submitting Education Transcripts

    Official degree conferred transcripts are required. There are two options available to meet this requirement:

    1. Degree conferred transcripts sent directly from the university to IUP. The transcripts must have the university ink symbol or embossed seal.
    2. A transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). Evaluations by other organizations will not be considered.

    Students from the following countries are REQUIRED to have transcript evaluations done by World Education Services(WES) or Education Credential Evaluators(ECE).

    Burkina Faso 
    Cape Verde 
    Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast)



    Sierra Leone 

    *There are no exceptions to this requirement.

    International applicants must complete the following:

    • Submit the IUP International Student Affidavit of Financial Support. International students must document their ability to assume full responsibility for the cost of graduate education. It is expected that a graduate student will need financial resources for food, housing, travel, books, fees, etc. Fall and Spring applicants must be able to prove financial support of $28,300. The amount for summers-only applicants is $16,000. Amounts may change for later admissions, as tuition and/or living expenses may increase. The Affidavit of Support (I-34) may be included with the application materials. Note: Applications will not be processed without an acceptable financial statement and application fee.
    • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)scores must be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at IUP by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). If you have graduated with a degree from an accredited American institution of higher education, the TOEFL will be waived after you have provided IUP with an official copy of the transcript showing the degree conferred. (Note: Some departments may require a TOEFL score for their programs even if a degree from a U.S. institution is received.) Official International English Language Testing System (IELTS)scores are acceptable, as of October 14, 2009. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.0; however, departments may require a higher score for their programs. Please contact the graduate coordinatorfor your program for the minimum acceptable IELTS score.
    • Dependent Immigration Request Form(not required, but encouraged to be submitted at the beginning of the application process).

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum TOEFL score requirement is 540 (paper-based), 207 (computer-based), and 76 (Internet-based). Some departments require higher scores; see below:

    Minimum TOEFL score (paper-based listed below) or computer-based and Internet-based equivalency requirements for admission, listed by program, are as follows:

    • Biology: 550
    • Composition and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ph.D.): 600 (IELTS 7.0) to be competitive but will consider applications with a TOEFL of 570 (IELTS 6.5) or higher
    • Geography: 550
    • Employment and Labor Relations: 550
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A.): 580 (IELTS 6.5) or higher to be competitive but will consider applications with a TOEFL of 550 (IELTS 6.0) or higher
    • Music: 550
    • Public Affairs: 550
    • Sociology: 550
    • Speech-Language Pathology: Ninetieth percentile or higher on the oral and written subtests of the TOEFL. Visit the Speech-Language Pathologywebsite for additional information.
    • All others: 540

    Acceptance, Questions

    Applicants will be issued immigration documents by the Office of International Educationwith their formal acceptance to graduate school. The Office of International Education will also send information about arrival dates, housing, etc. Applicants with questions about legal matters, certificates of eligibility (immigration documents), time it takes to receive admission/immigration information, etc., should contact:

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Office of International Education

    B25 Delaney Hall
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-2295
    Fax: 724-357-2514

    Upon Arrival

    Upon arrival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or as soon as the information is known, you must update your local address by following the address change instructions on URSAor by contacting the Office of the Registrar.