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Indiana University Graduate CAS Quick Start Guide and FAQs

What is Indiana University Graduate CAS?

IUPUI is becoming IU Indianapolis in the fall of 2024. For more than 100 years, we have redefined what it means to be a premier urban research and health sciences university. Now we are building on that foundation to train the next generation of innovative leaders.

The Indiana University Graduate Centralized Application Service (Indiana University Graduate CAS) simplifies the process of applying to programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by Indiana University Graduate CAS, your application and materials are transmitted to all of your selected programs.

Start your 2024-2025 application

Start your 2023-2024 application

How long does the application process take?

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements.


Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:
    • Cycle dates and deadline requirements.
    • Application fees.
    • Recommendation requirements.
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc.
  2. Begin contacting potential recommenders to confirm their participation.
  3. Review the instructions in this Help Center.

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account.
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section.
  3. Complete the Recommendations section.

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Check in with your recommenders to confirm that they received the recommendation request via email.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Complete and submit your application.
  2. Monitor your application and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Complete.

After Deadline

Download a copy of your application for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Citizenship and Residency

Transcripts and Test Scores

Programs and Statuses

Fees and Payments

How do I know if I qualify for in-state residency?

To meet the 12-month residency requirement, you must have been physically present in Indiana (for a primary reason other than to receive an education) for 12 consecutive months prior to your first day of classes. Refer to Citizenship and Residency for more information.


How do I know which citizenship status to select?

Refer to the Citizenship & Residency Status section for a list of status definitions.

Do I need to send transcripts?

You must send transcripts for each college or university attended. Some programs may require official transcripts and some may accept student copies. Please refer to each program/department's website for instructions.

While unofficial transcripts may be accepted at the time of admission, official transcripts are required after admission is approved. Contact your programs for more information. 


Should I send my high school transcripts?



What is considered an official transcript?

A transcript is considered official if it is sent directly to Indiana University from the awarding institution's registrar or received in a sealed envelope. Contact your programs for more information.


Do I need to submit official test scores?

Review your program's test score requirements on the Program Materials page. If you do not see requirements on the Program Materials page, contact your program directly for more information.


How do I remove a program?

Your application must always have at least one program selected. To remove a program, click the checkmark next to the program name on the Add Program tab or click the trash icon on the Submit Application tab.


Can I apply to more programs after I submit my application?

Yes, if the program's deadline date has not yet passed and the application cycle is open.


Should I submit my application if I'm still waiting on recommendations?

Yes. You can submit your application before your recommendations are received by Indiana University Graduate CAS.


I submitted my application to the wrong program. What do I do?

Each program may have its own policy regarding applications to the wrong program. Contact your program directly to discuss options.


Will Indiana University Graduate CAS update me on the status of my application?

Indiana University Graduate CAS will not update you on the status of your application after submission. Contact your programs for more information.


When will I learn about admissions decisions? Did I get in!?

Indiana University Graduate CAS will not update you on the status of your application after submission. Contact your program to learn which stage of the review process your application is in.


How do I know if I meet a specific program's eligibility requirements?

Due to the decentralized nature of admissions at IU, programs are responsible for setting their own requirements. Refer to the Program Materials section for more information or contact your program directly.


I applied to Indiana University before. Do I need to apply again?

You must complete and submit a new application for each program you apply to. If you applied in a previous cycle, you may be able to use your existing account to complete your new application. See Use an Existing Account to Re-Apply for more information. 

Is there any other way to pay other than by credit card?

In addition to credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), you can also pay with PayPal.


I want a refund. What do I need to do?

Refunds are not given for any reason. Review Refunding/Withdrawing Your Indiana University Graduate CAS Application for more information.


Are fee waivers available?

Fee waivers are issued at each program's discretion. Contact your program directly for more information about their fee waiver policy.

What do I do if I'm unable to make an application payment?

Refer to the PayPal website for a list of countries where payments are accepted. If your country is not on this list and you are unable to make a payment, contact Customer Service.

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