College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Admissions

Online Application

The Department of Geography at Indiana University has an established reputation as a center of excellence in research and teaching. The preparation of graduate students for careers in research, teaching, and service is one of the crucial missions of the department. We are a small but very active department where graduate students benefit from working closely with the faculty. Graduates from the Department of Geography at Indiana have gone on to careers as faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States and the world, and to a wide variety of rewarding careers in public and private sector employment. We attract, and encourage, students from a wide variety of undergraduate and masters degree backgrounds. We offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees.

The emphasis of our graduate program is on training Ph.D. students for careers in research and academia, so all incoming students are admitted to the Ph.D. program. For incoming students entering with Bachelor's degrees, priority is given to students who are interested in the Ph.D. program. Prospective students are expected to apply to and concentrate in one of the five specialty areas of the department: Climate and Environmental and Change; Food and Agriculture; Cities, Development, and Justice; GIS and Remote Sensing; and Water Resources. See the Geography section of the University Graduate School Bulletin for more information.

We welcome applications from students with a wide array of backgrounds. Applicants to our graduate programs should submit the following information:

  1. Transcripts from All Previous Academic Institutions
    Should have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale (a B average)
  2. 3 Letters of Reference
  3. Personal Statement
    This document should discuss your academic background and your research interests. This statement is one of the most critical parts of your application on which you will be evaluated for admission and funding. In addition to clearly stating your own research interests and expertise, your statement should reflect why our program is a good fit to your future goals. You are strongly encouraged to identify in your statement faculty members and/or research areas that you would like to work in and with.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS exams
    If the graduate applicant's native language is not English, the College requires a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL iBT (delivered via the internet). Please note that the paper-based TOEFL ITP exam – sometimes called the institutional TOEFL – offered by the Intensive English Program on the Bloomington campus, cannot be used in place of the TOEFL iBT. Alternatively, an international applicant may submit the result of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination in lieu of the TOEFL iBT. The College requires a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS for graduate admission.
  5. Optional: Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    Submission of GRE scores is optional (as of Fall 2018).

Both domestic and international applicants can upload supplemental materials in support of their application. If necessary, materials can be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Geography
Student Building 120
Indiana University
701 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405 U.S.A.

Application Fee:

In order to submit your application, you must pay the application fee with a credit card. The fees are:

International - $65

Admission Application Deadline


December 15

December 15