Each graduate program has different admission requirements. General requirements for graduate school admission often includes the follows:
2. Statement of Purpose
4. Letter of Recommendations.
5. Supporting documents (official transcripts, …)
For School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) where I am pursuing the Master of Public Affairs, below is the admission checklist for your reference.
1. Online Indiana University Graduate Application (eApp) and application fee ($55, $65 for international students).
2. One official transcript – from each college attended, regardless of if degree was conferred. (If you attended Indiana University, you need not submit a transcript)
3. Three letters of recommendation – preferably from faculty members.
4. GRE or GMAT scores. Official scores should be sent directly from ETS
5. TOEFL or IELTS scores – for international students. Official scores should be sent directly from ETS. SPEA baseline scores for admission consideration are 96 (TOEFL) and 7.0 (IELTS).
a. If you have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution, this requirement is waived.
6. Personal Statement: Describe your most important accomplishments and how they prepared you for graduate study at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Outline carefully your current goals and professional plans. Explain your reasons for selecting the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
7. Resume or CV
Each part of application checklist has the same weight in defining your eligibility for the program. For my personal case, I put special focus on my personal statement which clearly states what I can contribute for the society given the opportunity to pursue the program.
For international students, the admission process often takes a little longer as you need to prepare for the visa application process upon getting admission from your program (note that the application process starts earlier for international students…You have a different application deadline). Once you are admitted from the graduate program, the Office of International Studies (OIS) will send an official invitation letter and necessary documents for you to apply for student visa. This is another step to take since you need to live up all the requirements of the local US embassy to obtain a student visa. Depending on your case, you will be granted an appropriate visa like F1, J1. And then, off you go …Get ready to exploit all the best IU offers to you 🙂