Illinois State University's graduate programs prepare students for scholarly, professional, and creative endeavors. Our nearly 3,000 graduate students call Illinois State home. You will find the University in the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, a metropolitan area of 150,000 about midway (120 miles/200 kilometers) between the major cities of Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.
Illinois State offers over 40 master's programs with over 90 master's sequences, one specialist program, and 10 doctoral degree programs, as well as 33 graduate certificate programs.
Unlike for a bachelor's degree where all students apply with a common application and have common requirements, admission to a graduate program requires that you meet requirements at three levels:
Our Academics section provides a snapshot of each of our programs and their program-specific requirements.
We hope you will visit with our program faculty and staff by phone, via skype, or in person. They look forward to meeting with you to answer any questions and learn about your individual educational goals and professional ambitions.
A student may receive either:
An unconditional admission generally carries no academic restriction, though you may be expected to take some courses to make up for some undergraduate deficiencies.
A probationary admission may be granted to students who don't meet the minimum requirements of the program and the Graduate School but whose academic records demonstrate promise of high achievement. These students will be on probation when admitted and will frequently be given a trial period of one semester to meet specific requirements. Students who meet these requirements within the trial period will be taken off probation and admitted unconditionally; students who don't meet these requirements may be terminated from graduate studies at Illinois State at the end of the trial period.
A conditional admission is issued when the application for admission is incomplete because required supporting material is missing. This is not granted if a student is missing a required GRE or GMAT scores or if an international student is missing a TOEFL or IELTS scores. A provisional admission is generally for one semester only. The student may be terminated from graduate studies at Illinois State if the missing documentation is not provided within one semester.
Seniors at Illinois State may begin graduate work if in addition to the overall university requirements above they
See the policy on Seniors Taking Graduate Courses for Graduate Credit in the Graduate Catalog for details.