Completed application packages are received by the IAS program director. The director forwards the application to the proposed IAS faculty mentor(s) for confirmation of a funding mechanism for supporting the student. If funding is sufficient, the IAS program director forwards the application to the IAS administrative committee for review. Most graduate students in the IAS program are supported on external funds provided by the mentor(s) or some other national or international entity, such as an overseas government in an international applicant's home country.
The IAS administrative committee will ensure that the applicant possesses a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, recognized college or university in a discipline relevant to the research of the IAS faculty mentor, along with a passing score on the TOEFL (for overseas students where English is not their first language). The IAS Administrative Committee ensures that the applicant’s previous academic record indicates the ability needed to pursue advanced studies (typically a GPA of at least 2.7/4.0). The IAS administrative committee makes an admissions recommendation to the associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, who is responsible for making the final decision and communicating that decision to the IAS program director, graduate admissions, and the applicant.