Graduate Non-Degree Application Checklist
You are should apply as a graduate student, if you have completed 4 years of post-secondary, or undergraduate study-toward a bachelor's degree in the country where you studied or are scheduled to complete this schooling and you are seeking a master's degree.
Review the Admissions Requirements for your program.
- Check Application Priority Dates
- Online Application
- Choose Take undergraduate classes for personal enrichment or Take prerequisites for a graduate or professional program
- Application Fee
- Official Academic Records
- English Language Proficiency Documentation
- Immigration Documentation (non-US citizens only)
- Documentation of Financial Support (those seeking F-1 status only)
Application Priority Dates
To ensure timely processing, please take note of our priority dates. Although we will accept applications throughout the year, missing the priority date may delay your admission until the following semester.
Applicants are periodically notified by email of their admission status. All required information should be received to guarantee the receipt of required immigration documents. The priority dates for each semester are:
Some graduate programs have required application deadlines. Be sure to check your specific program for details on application deadlines.
The $60 application fee is required of all applicants and is non-refundable. You may make payment at the time you submit your electronic application by using your credit card. If you have any difficulties with the payment portion of the application process, please contact the Office of International Student Serivces at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Academic Records
You must submit official transcripts, including work already completed and work currently in progress. The records should show a complete list of courses taken, grades received and any diplomas or certificates earned. Transcripts should also indicate the number of credits awarded for each course or the number of hours of classroom, lecture, and laboratory and include information about the school's grading scale. Originals should be sent to the Office of International Student Services directly from your secondary school or college.
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Applicants will receive information within 5 business days of submitting the application about how to submit supporting documents. Please note that those applying for admission in Fall 2014 will receive information about how to set up an IStart account. You may upload copies of the official academic records through the IStart account. Original, official documents should then be sent to the Office of International Student Services directly from your secondary school or college/university.
If the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.
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Office of International Student Services
1700 Mishawaka Ave.
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
Scanned copies, faxes, or photocopies are not accepted.
English Language Proficiency Documentation
If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English before you can be admitted to IU South Bend. While TOEFL is the preferred method of documentation, there are many ways to meet this requirement.
Students who have not yet met this requirement may apply for "Conditional Admission." If applying for Conditional Admission, please indicate that you would like to apply for "Conditional Admission." Applicants, who meet the academic requirements, could be issued a conditional acceptance letter. Students will not be fully admitted until the English language proficiency requirement is met.
Non-U.S. residents: Submit a photocopy of your passport page showing your name and date of birth. If you are currently in the U.S., submit a photocopy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp.
U.S. residents, refugees, or asylees: Your most recently issued U.S. immigration document such as Resident Alien Card or USCIS Approval Notice.
Review restrictions on study for certain visa holders (B-1/B-2, F-1 OPT, F-2, J-1).
Documentation of Financial Support
If you are requesting an I-20 in order to obtain a student visa, you must submit documentation of financial support proving that sufficient funds are available to cover all study and living expenses for the first year of study. Documentation must be less than 12 months old at the start of your study program and may be submitted in the following formats:
- An original or certified true bank statement or scholarship letter. See the following link for other acceptable financial documents.
- Privately sponsored students must submit an affidavit of support from the individual named on the financial documents.
Government-sponsored students must submit an official letter from the government specifying the terms of the scholarship and addressed to IU South Bend.