Applications are accepted year-round and students may apply to enroll for Summer, Fall or Spring semesters. However, it is recommended that students submit all of their application materials at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Applications must be complete, including letters of recommendation, one week before courses begin in the semester you are applying for
|Fall||August (one week before courses begin)|
|Spring||January (one week before courses begin)|
|Summer I & II||April (one week before courses begin)|
For regular admission, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale. For regular admission, no other prerequisites are required.
For students with a GPA less than 3.0, exceptions for admission can be made at the discretion of the Master of Interdisciplinary (MIS) Director and the Advisory Committee. If you have recently completed a bachelor’s degree, the transcript is an important part of the admissions decision. However, having a cumulative GPA that is under 3.0 is not automatic grounds for rejection. Life experience is also an important factor in the review of admissions materials. Students with less than a 3.0 should explain relevant life and work experiences, extenuating circumstances, and academic strengths in their admissions essay. The admissions committee will consider these factors as well as: GPA in the major and/or last years of study, any graduate admission exam scores (GRE, LSAT, etc.), and courses taken within the last three years in preparation for graduate level work. For students with less than a cumulative 3.0, and for those students in need of addition preparation for graduate level coursework, we suggest two or three upper level undergraduate courses (with a grade of B or above) chosen in consultation with the MIS Director covering: advanced analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. Please contact the program director for guidance on suggested courses.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants to assess their candidacy for admission.
Applications to the Interdisciplinary Studies programs (MIS or Graduate Certificates) are submitted electronically. All of the material listed below should be submitted this on-line process: MIS Online Application
1. Three letters of recommendation.
The on-line application process will request mail and e-mail addresses of your references and it will automatically send them an email requesting a recommendation. It is in your best interest to (a) notify your references that the e-mail will be coming and (b) ask people to write letters who can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program. Former professors make better references than relatives or friends.
2. You will be asked to upload a statement of personal and educational objectives, your resume/CV, and any graduate admission exam scores.
a) Your statement should cover:
- Why do you wish to study in the MIS program?
- What are your objectives in the MIS program?
- Indicate major and minor areas of interest for your coursework in the MIS program.
- What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to this kind of graduate study?
- Students with less than a 3.0 should also explain relevant life and work experiences, extenuating circumstances, and academic strengths in this admissions essay.
b) You should also include your resume or CV and any graduate admission exam scores you would like considered in the admissions process.
3. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts--complete and official.
You will be asked to list all previous schools attended, but it is your responsibility to contact the schools for official transcripts. Note that you do not need to request any IU system transcripts; the MIS office can access IU transcripts. If you have international coursework, visit the International Applicants page to learn more.
4. Application fee: $40.
In order to complete the on-line submission process you will have to make electronic payment of the application fee.
5. Conversation with the MIS Director.
Once the complete application has been received, the MIS director will contact you to schedule a conversation, either in-person or by telephone, at your convenience. You may also contact us at any time with questions or to schedule a meeting.