Graduate School Admission Requirements
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Institution Code: 1319
Office of Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 4040
Normal, IL 61790
Applicants are considered on the basis of their academic record and on other performance requirements determined by the individual programs. These may include minimum GPAs, minimum scores on the GRE, GMAT or other standardized exams, personal statements or interviews, examples of work, or letters of recommendation.
In order to be admitted to Illinois State, a student must have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association.
All students need to present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Students seeking readmission or who have been formerly enrolled at Illinois State do not need to resubmit previous transcripts.
To be deemed official, transcripts must be sent electronically directly from the prior university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to:
Illinois State University
209 Hovey Hall
Campus Box 4040
Normal, IL 61790-4040
To better match your transcripts with your file, we recommend sending your transcripts after you've submitted your application. If you had a previous name or if your transcripts are showing up on your to do list after you've sent them, please call the Graduate School at (309) 438-2583. or email GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu.
New students are required to submit a $50 nonrefundable application fee or documentation for an application fee waiver. Your application will not be processed until the application fee or fee waiver verification is received. This fee or waiver must be received by the deadline.
The application fee is waived for McNair Scholars (McNair Scholars waiver form), Project 1000 applicants, and for current Illinois State graduate students applying for a different program at the same degree level. Applicants may petition the Graduate School for an economic hardship fee waiver; appropriate verification will be requested.
In addition to the overall Graduate School requirements above, a student applying to a master's program must also have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years).
The GRE and/or GMAT is required by many master's programs.
In addition to the overall Graduate School requirements above, a student applying for a specialist program must also:
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years)
- provide official scores from the GRE general exam (use institution code 1319)
- provide three letters of recommendation
Doctoral students (Ph.D., Ed.D)
In addition to the overall Graduate School requirements above, a student applying to a doctoral program must also:
- have earned a master's degree or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the specific doctoral program
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years).
- provide official scores from the GRE general exam; use institution code 1319
- provide three letters of recommendation
Types of Admission
An unconditional admission generally carries no academic restriction, though you may be expected to take some courses to make up for some undergraduate deficiencies.
A probationary admission may be granted to students who don't meet the minimum requirements of the program and the Graduate School but whose academic records demonstrate promise of high achievement. These students will be on probation when admitted and will frequently be given a trial period of one semester to meet specific requirements. Students who meet these requirements within the trial period will be taken off probation and admitted unconditionally; students who don't meet these requirements may be terminated from graduate studies at Illinois State at the end of the trial period.
A conditional admission is issued when the application for admission is incomplete because required supporting material is missing. This is not granted if a student is missing a required GRE or GMAT scores or if an international student is missing a TOEFL or IELTS scores. A conditional admission is generally for one semester only. The student may be terminated from graduate studies at Illinois State if the missing documentation is not provided within one semester.
In addition to the overall university requirements above, international students must also:
- present a TOEFL score of no less that 79 on the internet-based test (iBT) or 550 on the paper-based test; or present an overall band score of no less than 6.5 on the IELTS exam. Some departments require higher English proficiency exam scores.
- provide a copy of a current and valid passport
English Language and Pathway Programs
INTO Illinois State provides Academic English as well as Pathway Programs for international students to prepare for and successfully progress to the University's graduate degree programs. Our programs are built as flexible study plans and we offer multiple start dates to fit your schedule. We'll help you find the path that's right for you. Explore all INTO Illinois State's academic options.
Three Year Bachelor's Degrees
Three year degrees may be eligible for review in to a graduate degree program. Students completing a degree from India must meet specific criteria.
- The degree is from an A or better NAAC accreditation CGPA and an average percentage mark at graduation of 55 percent or higher or
- The degree is from an B or better NAAC accreditation CGPA and an average percentage mark at graduation of 60 percent or higher (i.e., second division or higher) or
- The student has completed a post graduate year in the same field or a master’s degree in any field.
Current Students Seeking a Concurrent Graduate Certificate or Second Degree
As a current student you may be interested in pursuing a graduate certificate or second degree while you're currently pursuing a graduate degree program.
To be eligible for a certificate or second degree, you must:
1. Submit an application for admission for each certificate or degree program.
It is recommended that your certificate or second degree application be submitted by the program's preferred deadline for the application term.
2. Current students applying for the same level will receive an application fee waiver.
Current or former Illinois State students do not need to send ISU transcripts to the Graduate School. However, you may need to provide transcripts from all other colleges attended.
Undergraduate Seniors at Illinois State
Seniors currently attending Illinois State may begin graduate work, if in addition to the overall university requirements above, they are in their final semester, have no more than 12 hours of undergraduate course work to complete, and have been accepted to a graduate program.
See the policy on Seniors Taking Graduate Courses for Graduate Credit in the Graduate Catalog for details.