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Graduate Degrees

About The Graduate School

If you are applying to a degree program, please choose your degree carefully from the list of programs, as some programs offer more than one degree at the master's level. All application materials must be submitted directly to your program. You may apply to multiple programs but must submit separate applications, application fees and sets of required paperwork to each program.

While the Graduate School in general does not have an application deadline, many programs do. Please contact your program directly for application deadlines and to see if applications are only accepted for certain semesters.

Each program sets their own admission requirements. Please contact your program directly for assistance.

All programs require a $65 non-refundable application fee. This must be paid by credit card at the time you submit the online application.

You must meet minimum general Graduate School requirements to be eligible to be considered for admission by a program. To be eligible to be considered for admission to a graduate program, the following minimum GPA's are required (these can be higher for individual programs):

 For admissions to a Master's program:

  • 2.7 (on a 4.0 grading scale) on approximately the last two years of your Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 on all previous graduate coursework

 For admission to a Ph.D. program:

  • 3.00 on all previous graduate level course work

Minimum TOEFL score of 550 / 213 / 80 for International Students and some citizens / PR's; some programs require a higher score. English requirement may also be met in some cases with U.S. course work and/or various additional English testing. Apply now!

Processing times vary greatly according to program. For some programs, you may need to apply 8-10 months in advance, while others may admit you in 1-2 months. To be safe, students should apply as early as possible.

Domestic applicant not meeting the above minimum GPA requirements may apply initially as a Nondeclared Graduate Student through the Graduate School Admissions Office. Once you have earned at least 12 semester hours of graded graduate course work with a "B" average, you are then eligible to be considered for admission into a program.  For more information, please see Admissions.

Please note that once you are enrolled as a graduate student, you are required to maintain an overall B average (3.0) in your graduate credit course work to remain in good academic standing.

For more information, call 618-536-7791 or email

--from the Graduate School Domestic Admissions webpage; see also International Admissions and Nondeclared Admissions.

Master's Degrees

  • M.A. (Master of Arts)
  • M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)
  • M.S. (Master of Sciences)
Department Area of Study Degree
ANTH Anthropology M.A.
ENGL Literature M.A.
ENGL Rhetoric & Composition M.A.
ENGL Creative Writing M.F.A.
HIST American History M.A.
HIST European History M.A.
HIST Latin American History M.A.
LING Linguistics M.A.
PHIL Philosophy M.A.
POLS Political Science M.A.
SOC Sociology M.A.
CMST Communication Studies M.A.

Doctoral Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Department Area of Study Degree
ANTH Anthropology Ph.D.
CMST Communication Studies Ph.D.
ENGL English Ph.D.
HIST History Ph.D.
HIST Historical Studies Ph.D.
PHIL Philosophy Ph.D.
POLS Political Science Ph.D.
SOC Sociology Ph.D.

Graduate Certificate

Department Area of Study Degree
AFR Africana Studies Graduate Certificate
WGSS Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate