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Indiana University Bloomington

Graduate Program Application Instructions

To receive more information about our program, please fill out the Information Request Form or contact our graduate application office at gradphys at indiana.edu.

Application Deadline The priority dates for admission are December 1 (international) and January 15 (domestic). Applications submitted after these dates will be considered if positions are still available.
Application Materials,
Domestic Students
  • Complete the online application using the eApp system.
  • A 300-500 word Statement of Purpose regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your ability to do scholarly work. Select three persons who are familiar with your academic abilities and potential and ask each to complete one of the recommendation forms. (We suggest that you follow up with your letter writers approximately two weeks after you ask them to write. Admission decisions are often delayed solely due to missing reference letters.)
  • A list stating your teaching, research, and/or industrial experiences; a publications list, if available; and any college or professional honors and awards. You may attach a resume if you like. Be sure to include your name on all attachments.
  • One copy of the official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded. (Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and university attended. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts should be mailed directly by a registrar to the program to which the application is being sent or given to the applicant by the registrar in a sealed and signed envelope and then submitted to the graduate program by the applicant along with the other application materials.)
  • Graduation from a recognized four-year college, university, or institute of technology.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • For the Physics graduate program, scores for both the general and Physics subject section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. For Medical Physics applicants, only the general GRE is required, and any additional GRE subject scores should be submitted if available. Photocopies will be accepted for evaluation, but no offer of admission can be made until official GRE general scores are received. (It is suggested that you follow up to confirm that your GRE scores were received, admissions decisions are often delayed due to missing official GRE scores). Our GRE institution code is 1324, Dept. Code 0808.
  • $55 application fee. You will pay this fee at the time you submit your online application. No fee waivers are granted.

Complete the online application, then send all supporting materials to:

Graduate Admissions Committee
Indiana University Department of Physics
Swain Hall West Room 117
727 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone (812)855-1247
Fax: (812) 855-5533

We will process your application only after the online application has been submitted and supporting materials are received.

Application Materials,
International Students
  • Complete the online application using the eApp system.
  • A 300-500 word Statement of Purpose regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your ability to do scholarly work. Select three persons who are familiar with your academic abilities and potential and ask each to complete one of the recommendation forms. (We suggest that you follow up with your letter writers approximately two weeks after you ask them to write. Admission decisions are often delayed solely due to missing reference letters.)
  • For the Physics graduate program, scores for both the general and Physics subject section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. For Medical Physics applicants, only the general GRE is required, and any additional GRE subject scores should be submitted if available. Photocopies will be accepted for evaluation, but no offer of admission can be made until official GRE general scores are received. (It is suggested that you follow up to confirm that your GRE scores were received, admissions decisions are often delayed due to missing official GRE scores). Our GRE institution code is 1324, Dept. Code 0808.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based IBT TOEFL is required. Our TOEFL institution code is 1324, Dept. Code 76.
  • Official and complete academic records from each institution attended. You must send one set of your documents in the original language and one set of the documents translated into English.
  • Application fee of US $65.00. You will pay this fee at the time you submit your online application. No fee waivers are granted.
  • Evidence of financial support, such as a letter from your bank, if you indicate that you can attend without financial support or with only partial support.

Complete the online application and send all Academic Records (transcripts and degree certificates if applicable) As Soon As Possible directly to:

International Admissions
Indiana University
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA

There they will be evaluated and then sent to our department.

All OTHER application materials can be sent to our department at:

Graduate Admissions Committee
Indiana University Department of Physics
Swain Hall West Room 117
727 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone (812)855-1247
Fax: (812) 855-5533

We will process your application only after the online application has been submitted and supporting materials are received. International student applications and supporting documents must be received by the graduate applications office no later than December 1. This is due to stringent document processing deadlines.

English Proficiency

All non-native English speakers who wish to be considered for financial aid of any type must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by earning a score of at least 80 on the internet-based IBT TOEFL. To be eligible for a teaching assistantship, it is imperative that international students whose native language is not English demonstrate competency in written and spoken English.

Office of International Services

The Office of International Services also provides information on the application process for international graduate students. This advice will assist you greatly in the application process.

Decisions
on Admission

Applicants will be notified of the decision of the Admissions Committee as soon as possible. In a typical year, final notifications are sent out by late April.

You may check the status of your application at any time by sending email to our physics graduate application office at gradphys at indiana.edu. Before you email, please consider the time necessary for routing application materials.

Ethnic Information
Policy

Ethnic information is gathered in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and is requested in reports required by the US Department of Education. However, you are not required to answer questions about ethnic origin, and refusal to answer will not affect admission.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

Indiana University pledges itself to continue its commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within the university and throughout American society as a whole. In this regard, Indiana University will recruit, hire, promote, educate, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Indiana University shall take affirmative action, positive and extraordinary, to overcome the discriminatory effects of traditional policies and procedures with regard to the disabled, minorities, women, and Vietnam-era veterans. An Affirmative Action office on each campus monitors the university's policies and assists individuals who have questions or problems related to discrimination. For information on services for disabled persons, contact the Office of Disabled Student Services and Veterans Affairs, Franklin Hall 096, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-2801 (812-855-7578).