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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: May 1

Spring Admission

International students: September 1
Domestic students: October 1

How to Apply

Online Application

Complete and submit the IUPUI Graduate Online Application form. Choose Informatics as your Academic Program and Media Arts and Science M.S. as your Academic Plan.

All documents requested below must be uploaded electronically as PDFs with the online application. Do not mail or email any supporting materials to the School of Informatics and Computing.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will not review applications until the application fee and all required materials are completed and received by the deadline.

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. Your materials should demonstrate excellence in your area of expertise.

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.


Submit all transcript(s) and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education you have attended. If a transcript is not in English, please upload an English translation certified by the college issuing the transcript.

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 directly to the IUPUI Graduate School after you arrive to campus. If you are currently finishing your bachelor’s degree, you will be required to submit a document that certifies the awarding of that degree.

We do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses.


Submit three references from academic instructors and/or employers. To submit references, you will input contact information for each person on your electronic application. The reference will receive a form via email to fill out and submit electronically.


Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the last two years if your native language is not English.

Minimum required scores: 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS. Use IUPUI school code 1325.

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, are completing your bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States  a country that is predominantly English speaking, or you have successfully completed ELS Level 112 or placed into G013 or higher on the IUPUI ESL Placement Test.

Application Fee

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

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