Applying for Graduate Study

There is something special about going to graduate school in Bloomington.  The campus consistently is rated as one of the most beautiful in the nation; you can take a virtual tour to see for yourself. In addition, while Bloomington is a quintessential college town, which is located in the rolling green hills of southern Indiana, the city also offers a host of big-city experiences. The Arts are especially strong here, as IU boasts one of the top music schools in the world that hosts more than 1,000 performances per year, a great theatre department, a top notch art museum, and open air markets and festivals. There are three lakes within Monroe County; miles of scenic hiking, running and bicycling trails; and numerous excellent restaurants and wineries.  Couple this with easy access to Midwestern urban centers such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis and Cincinnati, and you will never be bored here.

Applying to the Doctoral or Master's Programs

Students may apply to either the Doctoral Program or the Master’s Program.  Students in the Doctoral Program can receive the Master’s degree as part of their graduate studies.  Students applying to the Master’s Program do so either because they are unsure if they want to pursue the doctoral degree or because they want the terminal Master’s degree to advance their professional opportunities. Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree to apply to either program.  Students with a Master’s degree from another university are welcome to apply to our Doctoral Program.
When reviewing applications, we do not just look at one indicator of future academic success. Our admissions committee reviews all of the applicants’ submitted materials, including undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework and grades, overall grade point average (GPA) and GPA within the major, the rigor of the institutions attended, Graduate Record Exam scores, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, relevant research experiences and publications, and any other relevant personal or professional experiences.  Although we do not have fixed cutoff scores, we seek applicants with Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores above the 85th percentile, who have a GPA of 3.5 and above. For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 600, or a computer based score of 250, or a minimum TOEFLibt score of 100, also is required.

When applying, applicants must submit:

(1) An official transcript from all previously attended undergraduate, graduate and professional programs;
(2) A personal statement of approximately 500 words that identifies your academic goals, career objectives, why you are applying to our program, and the qualifications you have that make you a strong candidate;
(3) GRE scores from the Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning sections. Scores from the Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) on the newly revised GRE are optional. You may submit scores from the previous version of the GRE, if the test was taken within the last two years;
(4) Three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your prior academic performance and potential for success in graduate work;
(5) A resume identifying and describing past academic achievements and activities (e.g., research assistantships, fellowships, internships, awards); and
(6) Copies of published articles and book chapters, Master Thesis, and papers presented at conferences.  The applicant, at her or his discretion, may also submit course papers.
All international students must also submit the official results of the international TOEFL test.

Domestic students must complete the online application form and mail materials to support your application as early as possible, but no later than January 15th.

Mail all materials to:

Graduate Studies’ Admissions
Department of Criminal Justice
Indiana University
Sycamore Hall, Room 302
1033 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Fax: (812) 855-5522
Phone: (812) 856-4675

International students also must complete the online application form and mail materials to support your application as early as possible, but no later than November 1st.

Mail all materials to:

Office of International Admissions
Leo R. Dowling International Center
111 South Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Fax: (812) 856-5378
Phone: (812) 855-9086

Related Links

Faculty Research Interests
Current Graduate Student Research Interests
Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program
IU Bloomington Campus Map

Contact Information

Kip Schlegel, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies

Ruth Cord, Graduate Secretary
Department of Criminal Justice
302 Sycamore Hall
1033 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN  47405-7005
Fax:  (812) 855-5522
Phone: (812) 856-4675

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