Office of Graduate Studies

Degree-seeking Students

Continue your education at IPFW.

You are classified as an applicant for regular admission (degree-seeking) if you are seeking admission into a graduate degree program. Successful candidates for regular graduate admission include promising applicants who

  1. have earned baccalaureate degrees from colleges or universities of recognized standing;
  2. have completed studies equivalent to those required of Indiana University or Purdue University baccalaureate recipients;
  3. have earned a B or better average in their undergraduate major.

Regular admission, with specific conditions, may be available if you do not meet the above criteria. Some graduate programs may impose higher or more specific criteria and may require you to provide additional evidence of previous academic performance (refer to Part 2 of the IPFW Bulletin).

After you furnish all required information and related documents, your application will be considered by the academic unit that offers the program you seek. For some graduate programs, your application will also be considered by the Purdue University graduate school, the Indiana University graduate school, or another office responsible for admissions to the program you have selected.

Completed applications for regular admission and all required supporting materials have deadlines that vary. Contact your program office for specific deadline information.

You must reapply for admission if you do not enroll within two years of your admission semester/session.

* References to the graduate school and dean of the graduate school are not applicable to professional master's degree programs in business (M.B.A.), education (M.S.Ed.), and public and environmental affairs (M.P.A.).

Graduate Record Examination

As a degree-seeking applicant, it is recommended that you take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if you

  1. are seeking admission to a program that requires it (refer to Part 2 of the Bulletin);
  2. wish to be considered for certain fellowship opportunities;
  3. believe your previous academic record does not adequately reflect your abilities;
  4. received a baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution;
  5. elect to use the GRE Aptitude Test as a means to document proficiency in English.

English Language Proficiency

The language of instruction at IPFW is English. Therefore, proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is vital to your academic success. If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability at the time you apply for admission.

Normally this is done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submitting the results as part of your admission application. Additional requirements for demonstrating English language proficiency after you are admitted are stated in Part 5 of the Bulletin ("Academic Regulations for Graduate Students").