Admission to the graduate program is competitive. There is no specific standard ‘type’ of ideal applicant; we encourage diversity and evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. We do seek a mixed group of people with varied backgrounds and experiences.
Application Deadline: Submit all the following components by January 15, 2013
Read the Admissions Q + A document.
Complete the online application. In the online application process, you will submit the contact information of personal references, your personal statement and resume. Please provide the contact information of three professional references. The application system will contact your references via email and request that they submit their recommendations through the online system. The personal statement and resume should be combined into one document and uploaded in the personal statement section of the online application. The fee for the application is $60. You will be asked to submit payment online upon the completion of your application.
Submit your portfolio online at www.herron.slideroom.com. When submitting the portfolio online, click on the blue “Start a New Submission” button. Then click on “Graduate Programs” under the “Categories” heading. Finally, click on the blue “Apply Now” button next to the “M.F.A.: Visual Communication” application. The cost to submit your portfolio online is $10.
Mail official transcripts from all of your undergraduate institutions attended, as well as from any graduate programs (if applicable). The transcript must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If you attended a school of Indiana University, you do not need to mail this transcript—we will have access to it. For international students, if the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language. If you are in the process of completing a Bachelor's degree when you apply, a transcript showing your first three years of study is acceptable. If admitted to Herron, you must submit a final, official transcript verifying the completion and award of your degree directly to Herron prior to your matriculation.
Mail transcripts to:
Graduate Admissions c/o Student Services Office
Herron School of Art and Design
735 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5222
International students only
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for international students unless the applicant’s undergraduate degree is from a university in an English-speaking country. Applicants must request that an official copy of their test results be sent directly to IUPUI by the Educational Testing Service. The IUPUI reporting code for the TOEFL is 1325. The minimum score required by the university for the internet-based test is 79.
Submit GRE or GMAT scores if you feel the score will help your application. The IUPUI reporting code for standardized tests is 1325. GRE (General Test) or GMAT scores are optional. Scores submitted to the admission committee must be for tests completed within the last four years. Although the scores are not required, if you submit the GRE scores you have, they may benefit your eligibility for funding opportunities.