Graduate Applicants

How to apply to Luddy's graduate programs

Applications for Luddy's master's programs are accepted in both the spring and fall. Applications to our Ph.D. programs are only accepted in the fall.

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Eligibility

The Luddy graduate admission committees will consider students who have a three- or four-year bachelor's degree. Applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA. Many doctoral applicants have a GPA of 3.5 (B+) or above.

Fall

Ph.D.

The following programs will be accepting applications for Fall 2025:

(Computer Science, Informatics, Information Science, and Intelligent Systems Engineering Ph.D. Programs)

  • May 1 – Applications available
  • December 15 – Application submission date
  • Note: Applications must be complete in order to be reviewed by the admissions committee
M.S.

(Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Data Science Residential, Human Computer Interaction, Informatics, Information Science*, Intelligent Systems Engineering, and Library Science M.S.* Programs, Secure Computing M.S.)

  • June 1 – Applications available
  • January 1 – Deadline to apply

** MS Information Science/MS Library Science Deadline to qualify for funding consideration December 1

Luddy Certificates

- Library and Information Science Specialist
- Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture
- Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

  • June 1 – Applications open
  • January 1 – Deadline to apply
B.S./M.S. Accelerated

To apply to an accelerated program, you must be a current undergraduate student in the Luddy’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

You must first talk with the advisor of the undergraduate program. If the advisor determines that you have met all requirements on the program checklist, they will inform the Luddy Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office of your eligibility to apply. You will be contacted by that office.

Students should apply during their junior year.


  • May 1 – Applications open
  • November 1 – Deadline to apply
B.S./M.S. Accelerated Intelligent Systems Engineering

To apply to an accelerated program, you must be a current undergraduate student in the Luddy’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

You must first talk with the advisor of the undergraduate program. If the advisor determines that you have met all requirements on the program checklist, they will inform the Luddy Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office of your eligibility to apply. You will be contacted by that office.

Students should apply during their junior year.


  • May 1 – Applications open
  • November 1 – Deadline to apply
Information Science and Library Science 4+1 programs

To apply for a 4+1 program, you must be a current undergraduate student at Indiana University.

To apply to a 4+1 program, you must first talk with the advisor of the 4+1 program. If the advisor determines that you have met the admission requirements, they will provide you with an invitation code which will give you access to the application. They will also provide you with an application fee waiver code.

Students should apply during their junior year.


  • May 1 – Applications open
  • November 1 – Deadline to apply

Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee is $70.

Application Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers are available in certain circumstances. For more information, visit the University Graduate School and select “find out if you’re eligible” under Fee Waiver Programs.

Application and Review Notification

The admissions committee will review only completed applications. The review process takes several weeks. Decisions should be rendered by mid-March via email.

Deadline for admitted students - April 15

Admitted students will have until April 15 to accept our offer. This is in the spirit of the Council of Graduate School Resolution. If the student has not acceptedd our offer by April 15, we will withdraw our offer of acceptance.

Financial Support

All completed applications reviewed by the admissions review committee are considered for financial awards which the Luddy School may be offering. If you are admitted, the admit letter will detail the financial award, if any. Every year we have limited funds to distribute. The majority of our master’s students receive no funding. Some students find part-time employment to help offset the cost of their education, to gain experience in their field of study, or simply to earn some money. Ph.D. students receive an appointment as an Assistant Instructor or Research Assistant stipend, tuition fee remission, health insurance, and a travel allowance.

University Graduate School Fellowship and Awards

The University Graduate School offers several internal and external fellowships and awards. The application process and deadlines vary by fellowship and award, so be sure to read the requirements carefully. 

International Students

Once you are accepted at Indiana University, you will be required to submit documents proving you have the financial means to support yourself for a full calendar year, including tuition, fees, and living expenses.

Your financial documents are not related to your admission decision. However, OIS cannot issue you an immigration document until you have provided sufficient evidence of financial support. We encourage you to submit your financial documents as soon as possible. We will be able to finalize your application and process your necessary immigration documents sooner.

Although proof of funding is required for only the first year, you are expected to fund your studies for the duration of your program. When adding up your expenses, remember that you should not look to employment as a means of support. Not only do you need authorization before you can start a job, but you are also limited in the number of hours you can work.

For information about financial documentation, see https://ois.iu.edu/admissions/cost-financial-aid/documentation/index.html.

Questions regarding immigration, financial documentation, I20, etc., email newtoiu@indiana.edu.

Luddy School Prior Learning Policy

With the exception of approved transfer credit from other higher education institutions, the Luddy School awards no credit hours for prior learning experience.

Office Hours

Our offices are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Our phone number is 812-856-3960. Our Graduate Admissions office does not operate a 24-hour call center. Calls or emails received after these hours (or over the weekend) will not be answered until the next business day.

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We look forward to working with you.

Contact Information and Resources

We have a great school with lots of opportunities for students and we hope you will consider applying to our program. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please email us at GoLuddy@indiana.edu if you have any questions.

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