IUP offers numerous
master’s and doctoral degree programs, and each one has different application requirements.
IUP's Admissions Office oversees the admission process for graduate students, but there are additional requirements for international graduate applicants:
International applicants are required to meet the standard admission requirements and application requirements.
IUP considers all students who will enter the United States 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 summer terms unless they are applying to a “summers only program,” or they are already an IUP student.
All applications are to be submitted electronically. Apply online today!
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.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
English language proficiency test 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 English language proficiency requirement will be waived after you have provided IUP with an official copy of the transcript showing the degree conferred. (Note: Some departments may require an English language proficiency score for their programs even if a degree from a US institution is received.)
Proficiency in English is required of students studying at IUP. Due to the dominance of the English language in some countries, the English proficiency test requirement can be waived. Please see our Countries Not Requiring English Proficiency Test Scores webpage to see if you qualify to have your score waived.
Official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are acceptable. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.0; however, departments may require a higher score for their programs. Please contact the graduate coordinator for your program for the minimum acceptable IELTS score.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum TOEFL score requirement is 540 (paper-based) or 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:
Official transcripts in English from all previous, accredited higher education institutions are required for all students. A certified English translation must accompany the
transcript or diploma if the original language is not English.
While we strongly encourage all students to submit transcripts using World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services foreign educational credential evaluation services, students who have attended institutions of higher education in the following countries are required to submit their transcripts through this service:
Before you apply, please note that some services do charge a fee in order to process your information, and we recommend that you begin the process as soon as possible to ensure that your materials can be received, evaluated, and forwarded to IUP in a timely manner. IUP cannot forward any transcripts to these providers, so please make sure you follow the appropriate protocol in order to expedite your application in the most cost-efficient way possible.
Transcripts from students who are not required to use a foreign educational credential evaluation service and are sent to IUP directly must have the official seal of the institution.
Foreign Student Financial Statement
All international undergraduate students are required to complete a financial affidavit showing that they have enough money to cover the cost of two semesters at IUP. If a sponsor is someone other than a parent, a bank statement or letter from the sponsor is required. Bank statements and letters cannot be more than one year old.
Foreign Student Affidavit of Financial Support
Please upload or submit a copy of your passport. If you have dependents (spouse and/or children), please include copies of their passport(s) as well.
The Graduate Provisional Program is designed for students who want to study English before starting a degree program at IUP.
Students can receive provisional admission to select graduate programs (see below) at IUP while they study at the American Language intensive English program to meet the university’s language proficiency requirement.
Applicants must meet all requirements for admission except proof of English proficiency. Prospective students should first complete the
graduate application for their intended program of study and select Yes for the question asking if they wish to be considered for provisional
Students can transition to full graduate admission by submitting a qualifying English exam score by successfully completing the Graduate Bridge Program. To enter the Graduate Bridge Program, students need department approval and a qualifying exam score
(TOEFL ITP 500, TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5). Bridge students can demonstrate English proficiency by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in their ALI classes and in six credits of graduate coursework.
Applicants who receive provisional admission have one year to meet English proficiency requirements for full admission.