Graduate Requirements

To be considered for admission, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must show promise of ability to engage in advanced work and evidence of adequate preparation to pursue graduate study in the field chosen. The minimum standard for unconditional admission to the graduate school is a graduation grade point average of 3.0 (B) or the equivalent. An applicant not meeting these requirements should take the aptitude tests section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Individual departments may set higher grade point requirements and may require the submission of additional evidence of academic performance, such as GRE scores.

A minimal score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version/PBT or a minimal score of 213 on the TOEFL computer-based version/CBT is required for admission to the graduate school for applicants whose native language is not English. Departments may set higher requirements. Applicants in the Indianapolis area may substitute the IUPUI English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Examination for the TOEFL. Information about this test is available from the Office of International Affairs online at

Application should normally be made at least six months before the beginning of the session in which the student wishes to enroll. However, please refer to the specific academic program for admission deadlines. Late applications may also be accepted. Applicants will be advised of the action taken on their applications by the Dean of the Purdue University Graduate School. Applications to the Department of Earth Sciences will be considered by the Department of Earth Sciences and forwarded to the IUPUI office of the Indiana University Graduate School; applicants will be notified of the results by the graduate advisor in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Qualified students may be authorized to pursue a Ph.D. degree at IUPUI in areas where a program has been arranged with Purdue, West Lafayette, or the Indiana University School of Medicine. For further details, contact the department in which study is desired.

Applicants should be aware that, under Indiana law, criminal convictions might result in ineligibility for admission to certain programs at IUPUI. For the School of Science, criminal convictions may also result in ineligibility for enrollment in certain courses or participation in certain projects. Questions regarding school policy on such matters should be addressed to the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Undergraduate Education.

Financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships is available through the departments of the School of Science. Students who want to be considered for IUPUI fellowships must submit GRE (verbal/quantitative/analytic) scores. Area examination scores may be submitted for consideration.

Degree-Seeking Graduate Student Application

Application to all graduate programs must be made by electronic applications accessible through the School of Science Web site ( Application fees are submitted online at the time of application. If necessary, paper applications may be obtained from each department.

Applicants must submit complete, official transcripts of all previous college and university studies and three letters of academic reference for evaluation by the major department.