The Hamilton Lugar School currently offers nearly 20 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 50 graduate and doctoral degrees, certificates, majors, and minors.
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There are two paths to becoming a Hamilton Lugar School student: direct admission and standard admission. No matter which path is best for you, the first step is applying to attend Indiana University and selecting one of seven Hamilton Lugar School majors: Central Eurasian Studies, Cybersecurity & Global Policy, East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Studies, International Studies, International Law & Institutions, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.
Your complete IU admission application—and all application materials—must be submitted by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.
HLS offers direct admission to incoming fall students who meet the following criteria:
All Direct Admits are considered for funding from HLS.
Not ready to declare a major on your application? That's okay! You can gain admission to HLS after satisfying the following requirements:
The Hamilton Lugar School currently offers more than 50 graduate degrees, including master’s degrees, certificates, and doctoral majors and minors. We also offer a Ph.D. minor in Global Studies and a Ph.D. minor in Human Rights, as well as numerous options for dual master's degrees in collaboration with professional schools at IU.
To learn more about applying to HLS as a graduate student, contact our Office of Graduate Administrative Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 856-5614.
You will need to complete and submit an online application. When accessing the application, it is best to utilize the filters feature to locate your program of interest. At a minimum, you should utilize the school filter to ensure you are applying to the Hamilton Lugar School of Global & Internationals Studies. You will then be able to locate and select your specific program.
Be sure to review the application requirements that are specific to your selected program. After you have added your program in the online application, you can view program specific requirements by selecting Program Materials on your dashboard and then selecting the Documents tab.
The Hamilton Lugar School requires official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (except Indiana University), regardless of if a degree was conferred. An official transcript is one that comes from the registrar's office of your university or college. Indiana University can accept an official transcript electronically if this is sent directly from your university or college. Indiana University can also accept a transcript in a signed envelope with an unbroken seal either from the applicant or directly from the conferring university or college. Note that the signed seal must be unbroken for us to accept the transcript.
Domestic applicants: Please send electronic transcripts to email@example.com. Paper transcripts should be sent to:
HLS Graduate Administrative Services
Global and International Studies Building
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
International applicants: Submit official academic records in the original language from every postsecondary school you have attended, whether or not you obtained a degree. If the original is not in English, also include a certified, literal translation. Records must be issued by the registrar or record-keeping official from the institution at which the work was completed. Notarized copies of academic records are not acceptable. If you studied in the United States or Canada, have official transcripts sent directly to International Admissions from the issuing institution’s records office. International transcripts must be sent to the Office of International Services at:
Office of International Services
400 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
When possible, recommendation letters should come from academic references. We will also accept recommendations from individuals who have had a direct supervisory or instructional relationship with you. In all cases, your references should come from individuals who can objectively evaluate your preparation for graduate school. On the online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for three recommenders. After you submit the application and pay the application fee, an email notice will prompt your designated recommenders to upload their letters.
Your statement of interests should indicate your aspirations and motivations for pursuing a specific academic program. Your statement should describe your academic preparation, research interests, and professional goals. Be sure to discuss your thematic interests and regional focus. The admissions committee uses this information to assess whether the applicant's interests and goals align with the graduate program. Your statement should be uploaded and submitted with your online application. The required length of the statement of interest varies by program: on the online application, please view the program materials for the requirements specific to your chosen program.
If the specific academic program that you are applying to requires you to submit a resume or CV, please upload this to the online application as a PDF document. Please note that this is not a requirement for each program: on the online application, please view the program materials for the requirements specific to your chosen program.
If your chosen program requires you to submit a writing sample, please upload this to the online application as a PDF document. Please note that this is not a requirement for each program: on the online application, please view the program materials for the requirements specific to your chosen program.
GRE test scores must not be more than five years old, and they must be sent directly from ETS. The Indiana University GRE code is "1324". Unofficial scores may also be uploaded and submitted with your online application, however your application will not be complete until an official record is received. Please note that the GRE requirements vary by each program: on the online application, please view the program materials for the requirements specific to your chosen program.
If your native language is not English, you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79 is required for admission to Indiana University. The testing service should report the TOEFL or IELTS score directly to Indiana University Bloomington. The Indiana University TOEFL code is "1324". Unofficial scores may also uploaded and submitted with your online application, however, your application is not complete until an official score is received.