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University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program 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, or do so within one academic year
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program.

Applicants will need to submit GRE scores. An admitted student's typical GRE score meets or exceeds 300 (verbal and quantitative).

English Proficiency (International Students Only)
International students must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based testing), IELTS of 6.5 or Duolingo of 105.

View English Proficiency details about acceptable documentation or English waiver guidelines.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall (August)  March 1 preferred; May 1 final 
Spring (January)  Currently not accepting applications for spring admission. 

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Dr. Yongning Tang  Old Union 107  (309) 438-8002