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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.

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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

Submit a 500-750 word personal statement in your own words indicating

  • Why you’re applying to the program
  • What are your expectations from the MAS Graduate Program?
  • What are your post-graduation career plans and goals?

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.

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