The application directions below pertain only to the following programs: Ph.D. in Informatics with tracks in Bioinformatics, Complex Systems, Proactive Health Informatics, Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent and Interactive Systems, Music, Secure Computing, Computing, Culture and Society, Virtual Heritage, M.S. in Human Computer Interaction and M.S. in Informatics.
All graduate programs offered by the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering fall under the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classification. For more information about the STEM classification, go to https://www.ed.gov/stem and https://ois.iu.edu/visas/faculty-visas/stem-opt/index.html.
How to Apply:
To apply to Indiana University's School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, you will need to go to complete and submit an on-line application. The application fee for domestic students is $60 while the fee for international students is $65.
NOTE : Your application must be complete before it can be reviewed by the admissions committee.
- Ph.D. Applicants: January 1
- M.S. Applicants: January 1
Along with your online application, you will need to submit the following:
Statement of Purpose
The admissions committee requires all applicants to submit a Statement of Purpose. You should upload your Statement of Purpose as a PDF with your online application. Be sure to put your name on your Statement of Purpose. Statements can be submitted only once. Your statement should be sincere, direct, and most of all, written by you. The admissions committee wants to know about your academic goals, research interests, and abilities. You should explain why you want to be in the program as well as why you want to be in the specific tracks you selected. You may also use your statement to explain any anomalies in your academic record. There is no word limit, but most statements are between 1-3 pages in length.
Upload your résumé/CV as a PDF with your online application. Résumés/CVs can be submitted only once.
Letters of Recommendation
We require three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from academic and/or professional references who can who attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, knowledge, and experience. If you have experience as a teaching assistant, you may want to consider asking your teaching supervisor to write a recommendation on your behalf.
In the Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, there is a recommendation section where you be required to list three (3) recommenders. You must include their name, address, telephone number, and email address. After you submit your online application, your recommenders will be sent an automated recommendation request. You may want to let your recommenders know that they will be receiving an automated recommendation request and to let them know that if the request does not appear in their “Inbox,” they should check their “Junk Mail.”
Transcripts and Degree Certifications
Upload scanned copies of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) with your online application or send a scanned copy of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE : If you are admitted to our program, you will be required to have the registrar or record-keeping official from each institution at which your previous work was completed send us your official transcripts and degree certifications. Our mailing address is:
Informatics Graduate Programs
Graduate Studies Office
901 E. 10th Street, Room 235
Bloomington, IN 47408 USA
Note for International Students: Informatics does not require WES evaluations as Indiana University and the Office of International Services considers WES evaluations to be unofficial transcripts. For the admissions process, you can submit scanned copies of your transcript. If you are admitted to the program, you will be required to submit final official transcripts and degree confirmations.
All applicants applying to an Informatics program must submit official GRE scores, and those official scores must be sent directly to Indiana University. Our School code is 1324. GRE scores are good for five years from the date of the exam. If you have an ETS score sheet, you can scan it and send it as an attachment to email@example.com. We can consider those scores as unofficial scores until the official scores arrive.
TOEFL (for international students)
Indiana University's School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering requires all international students who are non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores. If you have a degree or are earning a degree from a U.S. University, the TOEFL requirement is waived. However, all international non-native English speakers must take and pass the TEPAIC exam (English proficiency exam) in order to be considered for funding. In order to be eligible to take a TEPAIC exam, you must have a current TOEFL score. You may wish to take the TOEFL exam so you qualify if funding becomes available to you. The TOEFL measures English proficiency and international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL scores. We expect a minimum of 100. If you are an international student who is admitted to our program and your TOEFL scores are below the required 100 minimum, you may be required to take an English proficiency exam and/or an English class. TOEFL scores are good for two years from the date you took the exam. You will need to have your official TOEFL scores sent directly to Indiana University. Our School code is 1324. If you have an ETS score sheet, scan it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can use those scores as unofficial scores until the official scores arrive.
NOTE : Effective August 1, 2016, Informatics no longer accepts IELTS scores.
Portfolio (Required for all HCI applicants)
All HCI applicants are required to submit a portfolio. Upload your portfolio with your online application. Be sure to put your name on your Portfolio. Portfolios may only be submitted once.
The portfolio should be a single PDF document/file. Portfolios do not necessarily need to include only HCI or design work samples. They may include any samples of your prior work. Do not worry if you do not have an abundance of prior work or every type of prior work to show as not every applicant is expected to have every type of experience. Focus on quality, rather than quantity. Portfolios may be submitted only once. No revisions or updated will be allowed. See the attached guidelines.
Application Must Be Complete
For your application to be reviewed, it must be complete. A complete application includes the Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application; statement of purpose; résumé; three (3) letters of recommendation; transcripts and degree certifications; GRE scores; TOEFL/IELTS scores (if an international applicant); and portfolio (if an HCI applicant). Incomplete files are not reviewed; therefore, it is best to complete your application as soon as possible.
We offer partial financial aid to both M.S. and Ph.D. students. We have limited funds to distribute, and the number of applications received and the competitiveness of those applications determines the number of financial awards we are able to offer. None of our aid packages provide full tuition or a large stipend. All completed applications that are reviewed by the admissions review committee are considered for financial aid or scholarship at that time. If you are offered admission, your admit letter will detail the financial award, if any.
University Graduate School Fellowships & Awards
The University Graduate School offers several internal and external Fellowships and Awards. The application process and deadlines vary by Fellowship and Award, so be sure to read the requirements carefully. If you are interested being nominated for an internal Fellowship and Award, email email@example.com to make it clear you are interested in being nominated.
Tuition & Fee Rates
Indiana University is committed to keeping its degrees affordable for in-state and out-of-state students. We encourage you to review the Office of the Bursar’s listing of Tuition & Fees and Mandatory Fees. To determine approximate enrollment costs, use the Tuition Estimator by selecting the term, residency, level, program and number of hours to estimate the cost of tuition and associated fees. For international students, the Office of International Services outlines the tuition & Fees for international students.
Application Review and Notification
The admissions committee will begin reviewing Ph.D. applications in mid-January which will take several weeks. We anticipate Ph.D. decisions to be made by mid-February. Once the admissions committee has made a decision, you will be notified by email. The admissions committee will begin reviewing the MS applications in mid-January which will take several weeks. We anticipate MS decisions to be made by March 15. Once the admissions committee has made a decision, you will be notified by email.
Decision Deadline for Admitted Students - April 15
Students who are offered admission will have until April 15 to accept our offer. This is in the spirit of the Council of Graduate School Resolution.
If you have questions about how to apply to Informatics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.