Graduate Admission Checklist

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Contact Your Admissions Counselor

Once you’ve applied for admission, you will be assigned a counselor who can answer your questions and help you complete the admission process. Your counselor will be there for you every step of the way. You can reach your counselor by email or phone—get their contact information here.

Admission Requirements by Program

After applying and talking to your counselor, locate your program of study below to find the additional supporting documents that are necessary for admission.

Doctoral Programs

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  • Official transcript documenting the appropriate undergraduate and graduate degrees from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of a graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Letter of application
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor
  • Resume
  • Evidence of ISBE General Administrative or Principal endorsement or equivalent from another state (Superintendent Concentration only)
  • Interview

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  • Official transcript documenting the appropriate graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of a graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Admission essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Nursing license/s
  • Resume

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Master's Programs

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

  • Application submitted through CASPA (Central Application System for Physician Assistants)
  • All required documents should be submitted through CASPA
  • Official transcript documenting an undergraduate degree and prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Verification of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam)
  • Three letters of recommendation (via CASPA)
  • 500 hours of clinical experience
  • Interview

Master of Business Administration (MBA)  

Master of Science in Health Administration

Master of Science in Management

Master of Science in Training and Development

Master of Education with Elementary Professional Educator License

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • No more than nine credit hours of general education or content area course deficiencies
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Master of Education with Middle Grades Professional Educator License

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • No more than nine credit hours of general education or content area course deficiencies
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Master of Education with Secondary Professional Educator License

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Verification of passing score on ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) content test
  • No more than nine credit hours of general education or content area course deficiencies
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Master of Education with Special Education Professional Educator License (K-12)

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • No more than nine credit hours of general education or content area course deficiencies
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Master of Education with Visual Arts Professional Educator License (K-12)

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • No more than nine credit hours of general education or content area course deficiencies
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Master of Science in Educational Leadership (P-12 Principal Endorsement)

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Three years of full-time teaching or school support personnel experience
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation— one from current principal and the other from superintendent
  • Resume

Master of Science in Educational Leadership (Teacher Leader Endorsement)

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Two years of full-time teaching experience
  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation— one from current principal and the other from superintendent
  • Resume

Master of Science – Reading Specialist

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Admission essay
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor
  • Resume

Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Admission essay
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor
  • Resume

Master of Social Work

Master's

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