Applying to the ALS Program

Applications are accepted to the Harrisburg campus on odd-numbered years and at the Indiana campus on even-numbered years.

Applications are encouraged before March 15; however, those received after will be reviewed until all available seats in the cohort are filled.

Students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission into the program:

  • Complete IUP graduate school application
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (applicants must have completed both a bachelor's and master's degree with a GPA of 2.6 or higher. Transcripts must be sent directly from the academic institution to IUP's Graduate Admissions Office.)
  • GRE test scores, no more than five years old (see below for more information)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Goal statement (explaining why the applicant wishes to be admitted)
  • Writing sample (master's thesis, course paper, policy document, etc.)

A personal interview may be required at the option of the Admissions Committee. Admission requirements for the Harrisburg program are the same as for the ALS program on the main campus. However, international students cannot apply to the Harrisburg program.

The GRE computer-based test is offered at multiple locations, Monday-Friday, typically during normal business hours. Please call 1-800-473-2255 and ask to speak with a GRE representative. Once you are able to speak with a representative, provide them with your ZIP code and the date you need test scores delivered by (February 15). The representative will be able to schedule you for the nearest test on a date that is convenient for you. If you have any trouble scheduling a test date, or if you are told that the test will not be offered in your area until several months after the February 15 deadline, please e-mail or call us so that we can help you register for the GRE in a timely manner.

For information about the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), visit the GRE website. For the location of GRE test centers, visit ETS's list of Computer-Based Test Centers. In Harrisburg, the test is offered at Prometric Testing Center, 6029 Allentown Blvd., Paxton Square, Harrisburg, PA 17112; 717-652-0143.