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Entry into the Master’s Program

The Master’s degree is intended to serve as a terminal degree. A student with a bachelor's degree must meet Graduate School admission requirements with a grade point average of 2.7 or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work completed prior to receipt of the bachelor's degree.  Application materials are available from the Graduate School.

Entry into the Doctoral Program

A student with a master's degree must meet Graduate School admission requirements with a grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) or better. A student with a bachelor's degree must meet Graduate School admission requirements with a grade point average of 2.7 or better. After meeting these requirements, the bachelor's degree student will be initially admitted as a master's student. Upon passing the qualifying exams, usually taken after the first year of graduate study, the student will be given entry into the doctoral program.

Admission of International Students

In general, international students must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required for domestic students. As there is considerable variation between educational systems throughout the world, precise comparative standards are not always available. Therefore, international students are considered for admission on the basis of their former academic work, English proficiency, and evidence of adequate financial resources. Applicants will be required to certify that adequate financial resources will be available to undertake and continue in a program of graduate study.

To allow adequate time for visa and other departure procedures, the applicant should have an application and all supporting documents on file with the University no less than ten months prior to the proposed entry date.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

All applicants whose native or first language is not English must take the TOEFL test or any other equivalent test no more than 24 months prior to the term for which the applicant is seeking admission. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 220 (computer), or 79 (internet-based) is required for Graduate School admission. Exemptions to the TOEFL requirement are:

  • an applicant who has completed a bachelor's degree (four years attendance and completion of at least 100 semester hours of course work) at an accredited institution in the United States;
  • an applicant who has completed a master's degree at an accredited institution in the United States, who obtained a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper) or 220 (computer) prior to beginning graduate studies and who has been in residence in the United States continuously prior to application to SIUC.

Verification of the earlier TOEFL score by the degree granting institution is mandatory.