Human-Centered Computing Department Menu

Media Arts and Science Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum overall GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)

Students should have a strong background in media arts and science, fine arts, graphic design, computer science, informatics, communication/media studies, or film/cultural studies. Students with backgrounds in the sciences or the humanities are also encouraged to apply if interested is in developing a multidisciplinary approach to media arts.

Contact us

Contact us with any questions you have about our programs or the admissions process.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission

Early action: January 15
Regular: April 15

Spring Admission

International students: September 1
Domestic students: October 1

How to Apply

Online Application

Complete your application through the Indiana University Graduate CAS Application.  Once you log on to the application, select the Add Program tab on the top menu, and search Media Arts and Science. Select the program from the IUPUI heading.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will not review applications until the application fee and all required materials are completed and received by the deadline indicated.  No hard copies are required for application review.

Resume and Portfolio/Demo Reel

Submit your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) listing your education, work experience, research, honors and awards and computer programming experience.

In addition to an updated resume or CV, applicants should submit a portfolio of projects (a link to an online portfolio or in PDF format).

There is no set format for the submission of the portfolio. The portfolio should demonstrate excellence in your area of expertise and is the opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate persuasively the skills, knowledge, and potential ability to engage and contribute in high-quality, creative projects in the media arts and science program.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a critical part of your application to the master’s program. A successful graduate school experience matches the right students and the right academic program. Your statement should persuade the admissions committee that your capabilities and career goals are best suited to our program. A strong statement should include both philosophical and concrete ideas. It should describe the larger ideals and passions that motivate your application as well as more specific reasons for seeking a graduate degree from our school.

As you prepare your statement, please keep in mind the following points:

  1. Recognize that the Media Arts and Science Masters Program is not a continuation of the MAS undergraduate program, and not simply an opportunity to polish your software skills. Equally, the graduate program is not just an opportunity to consider several possible career paths. The best graduate school experience evolves from a student’s focused but flexible sense of their professional and academic goals and opportunities.
  2. Your statement should demonstrate strong writing skills.
  3. A personal statement is a chance for the admissions committee to get to know you. In your statement you should discuss your past and future goals. Your statement should describe the experiences, knowledge and skills you bring to the program, and should discuss how you can contribute to the overall quality of the program and enhance the experience of other students.
  4. Your statement should discuss what you’re hoping to get out of the program. Why did you apply to the SoIC’s MAS-MS program? What does this program offer that will best prepare you to succeed in your chosen professional world?

The IU Writing Center provides instructions on how to write a personal statement and avoid plagiarism.

Skills Inventory

Complete Skills Inventory form and upload to the online application.


Upload all transcript(s) and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education you attended to the online application. If a transcript is not in English, upload an English translation certified by the college issuing the transcript.  We do not require hard copies of transcripts for application review.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial. Your unofficial transcript will be used for application review and admission. If you are admitted, you must submit your official hard copy transcripts. If you are currently finishing your bachelor’s degree, you must submit a document that certifies the awarding of the degree.

We accept electronic transcripts submitted directly from the awarding institution.  Those transcripts can be submitted to our admissions team at

We do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses.


Three (3) letters of recommendation are required from either academic or professional sources.  Recommendation information is submitted though the online application by the applicant and an email request will be sent automatically to the recommender on your behalf.


Submit proof of English proficiency if your native language is not English. Minimum score required: 79 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 6.5 IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

This requirement may be waived if you are a citizen of the United States or a country where English is the official language for higher education, or if you are completing your bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States or a country that is predominately English speaking.

Upload a copy of your test score results in the Documents section (under Test Score Report upload option) on the online application.  TOEFL test results also may be sent through ETS to IUPUI school code 1325.

Application Fee

Pay your application fee of $70 through the online application.

Apply Now