Admission to Graduate Study

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are eligible to apply for admission to master’s level study at UIS. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a foreign institution recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country or an equivalent government authority may also apply for admission. Full admission to master’s studies may be granted to those who earned a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also have met all entrance requirements specific to the chosen UIS program; some programs require higher cumulative grade point averages and/or prerequisites. Refer to the individual programs for information on specific requirements. For a complete list of all graduate programs, please see the Degrees Offered page in this catalog.

UIS recognizes Bologna-compliant degrees of at least three years duration. These degrees must be completed at an overall performance level equivalent to a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Degrees must be documented by a certified Diploma Supplement, as meeting the minimum degree requirement for general admission to graduate study at UIS.

Conditional admission may be granted to students with lower cumulative GPAs. Conditionally admitted students must complete a certain number of semester hours at UIS (exclusive of prerequisites) with a grade point average of no less than 3.0. The program will specify which courses must be completed to satisfy the conditions of admission.

All college/university transcripts, including verification of the bachelor’s degree and transcripts of all graduate work taken beyond the bachelor’s degree, must be submitted to the UIS Office of Admission.

To receive maximum consideration for graduate admission, applicants should apply at least three months prior to the desired term start. Please note: Some academic programs have earlier deadlines.

Application forms can be submitted online.

To request a paper application, you may write to: 
UIS Office of Admission
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS UHB 1080
Springfield, IL 62703-5407