Admission Requirements & Deadlines
Students may apply for Fall or Spring admission consideration. Application deadlines:
- International Applications
- Fall application deadline is December 1. All supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) must be in no later than January 1.
- Spring application deadline is August 1. All supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) must be in no later than September 1.
- Domestic Applications (US citizen or permanent resident)
- Fall application deadline is December 15. All supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) must be in no later than January 1.
- Spring application deadline is September 15. All supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) must be in no later than September 20.
NOTE: Applications not complete (including transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) by the deadlines listed above will not be considered for admission or funding.
Requirements for Consideration to CEUS MA programApplication Requirements
- 1. Online application submitted by the deadline. Supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation can arrive shortly after the application deadline.
- 2. Statement of purpose of 500 words or less. Statement should include:
- a. Coherent reason(s) for wanting to do graduate work, particularly in this department
- b. Interest in study in a discipline, not just, e.g. desire to learn language(s)
- 3. Three letters of recommendation submitted directly from the recommender. The letters should address and evaluate student’s academic progress and potential. Preferably three, but at least two, of the recommendations must be academic recommendations.
4. One original transcript from each college/university you attended including those where you did not earn a degree. Please do not wait until you submit your application to request transcripts from your university.
- a. Undergraduate record must show at least two years of a single foreign language at the college level or equivalent. This includes language such as Spanish, German, French, etc. Prior knowledge of a CEUS language is not required for admission. Language learning is a big part of our degree therefore our Admissions Committee would like to see your language learning ability.
- b. All MA applicants must have achieved a minimum of a 3.0 (B) grade point average (GPA) for the BA course work.
5. Original GRE scores taken within the last 5 years for all domestic and international applicants. GRE institutional code 1324; Department code 5199. Scores should be at least 148 quantitative or 160 verbal. The preferred analytical writing score is 4.5 or higher. These scores are College of Arts and Sciences guidelines. If your scores fall below the recommendation you can still be considered for admission if other areas of your application are strong.
6. TOEFL scores for all international applicants whose native language is not English, the College requires a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL iBT (delivered via the internet). Scores must not be more than 2 years old. Please note that the paper-based TOEFL ITP exam – sometimes called the institutional TOEFL – offered by the Intensive English Program on the Bloomington campus, cannot be used in place of the TOEFL iBT. TOEFL scores below the minimum will not be considered for admission.
7. Writing sample and CV not required.
8. Admission to the MA and Ph.D programs are at the discretion of the Department.
Requirements for Consideration to CEUS Ph.D program
- We currently do not offer direct admission to our Ph.D program even if you have a previous MA degree. If certain requirements are met you may be considered for fast-track to our Ph.D program at any time after you matriculate. The requirements are:
- • MA with thesis of at least 50 pages in a relevant field.
- • GPA of 3.5 or above on your graduate course work.
- • Testing out of the intermediate level of your Language of Specialization by passing the CEUS administered exam. CEUS will administer exams the week prior to the start of the fall semester.
- • Testing out of one research language approved by your advisor and CEUS Director of Graduate Studies.
- The student must satisfy the Department of Central Eurasian Studies course requirements for the MA in one of the fields of specialization described previously, but may not need to write an MA thesis.
- Transfer of Credits: Under certain specified conditions, a student who comes to IU after having completed graduate work elsewhere may transfer all or some of that work and receive credit for it at IU. For the MA degree, as many as eight (8) hours may be transferred as long as the credits were not used for a previous MA degree. The student who has obtained the MA degree elsewhere may transfer as many as 30 hours to count toward the 90-hour requirement for the Ph.D. All transferred course work must be completed with a minimum of a “B” grade and must have been taken no more than seven years prior to completion of qualifying exams. “P” and “S” grades cannot be accepted for transfer. Credits to be applied toward the MA are transferred prior to the completion of the CEUS degree. Credits to be applied toward the Ph.D are transferred prior to the nomination of candidacy.
- Graduate work done elsewhere is not automatically transferable. For both the MA degree and the Ph.D, the transfer takes place only upon recommendation by the Department. Thus, the question of transferability of graduate credit cannot be answered until the time the student arrives at IU. Even if all appropriate hours could be transferred to IU, this still would not determine the timetable for obtaining the desired degree. Particularly in the case of the doctoral student, readiness to stand for the qualifying examination and later readiness to defend a piece of research do not depend only on any specific number of course hours or even on the 90-hour rule, but also on the scope and quality of intellectual preparation, as judged by the examination committee and ultimately by the research committee.
For domestic applicants all application materials sent by mail should be mailed to:
Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
For international applicants all transcripts should be mailed to:
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405