Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1047, Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1047
Phone: (618) 650-3160
FAX: (618) 650-2081
We are pleased that you are interested in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This material provides information on applying for admission as a degree-seeking graduate student. Please review it thoroughly before completing the application.
International Applicants: If you hold or require a non-immigrant visa, do not complete this application. Instead, see the page for Prospective International Students.
SIUE has a dual admission process for degree-seeking status. Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements and be approved for admission to graduate study by both the Graduate School and the academic program to which application is made. Earning a baccalaureate degree from SIUE does not guarantee admission into graduate study. Contact the program director of your intended program for specific program admission requirements, such as test scores, personal interviews, personal history forms, letters of recommendation, or applications.
File completion Deadline: Application files must be complete at least four weeks preceding the first day of the term. However, several departments have earlier deadlines than the general dates above. Refer to the Graduate Degree Program list below to identify these departments.
Application and Admission Information
Prospective students can apply for admission in classified or unclassified status. Classified students are those admitted to a specific master's or specialist degree program; unclassified students are those who wish to enroll in graduate level courses but are not seeking a degree. All applicants, whether or not they are seeking a degree, must present evidence that they hold a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution.
All students entering the University who were born on or after January 1, 1957 are required to provide Health Service with a completed Immunization Record Form and proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus/diphtheria. This requirement is in compliance with legislation enacted by the State of Illinois.
Applications, Application Fees, and Deadlines
Application forms can be obtained from the Apply Now website, by phone at (618) 650‑3010, from the Graduate School Office, Rendleman Hall, Campus Box 1046 or in person at the Service Center, Rendleman Hall, room 1309. U.S. degree seeking students may also apply online. See website listed above. Completed applications should be mailed to Campus Box 1047 together with a check for the nonrefundable $30 fee. In person, the application can be delivered to the Service Center after paying the application fee in the Bursar Office, also located in Rendleman Hall.
An application fee is charged for the first application submitted; i.e., classified or unclassified. Thereafter, modifications or changes to that application will not require an additional fee. Returning graduate applicants who have not been in attendance at SIUE for nine consecutive terms will be assessed the $30 application fee. An application submitted without the required fee will not be processed.
To be considered for admission to Graduate School, applicants must request that an official transcript be forwarded to Graduate Admissions from the institution granting the baccalaureate degree and from all institutions at which post-baccalaureate course work has been completed or is in progress. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) is required for full admission to Graduate School, but applicants with a grade point average from 2.0-2.4 may be given consideration.
The application deadline for domestic classified students (degree-seeking) status requires that Graduate Admissions receive all documents for admission to Graduate School no later than one month prior to the first day of classes in a term. The deadline for submitting an application for unclassified status is no later than five working days preceding the first day of regularly scheduled classes in a term. The application deadline for in country international students for classified (degree-seeking) status requires that Graduate Admissions receive all documents for admission to Graduate School no later than July 15th for Fall Semester, November 15th for Spring Semester and April 15th for Summer Semester. The application deadline for out of country international students for classified (degree-seeking) status requires that Graduate Admissions receive all documents for admission to Graduate School no later than June 1st for Fall Semester, October 1st for Spring Semester and March 1st for Summer Semester. File completion Deadline: Application files must be complete at least four weeks preceding the first day of the term. However, several departments have earlier deadlines than the general dates above. Refer to the Graduate Degree Program list below to identify these departments. See the Academic Calendar at the front of this catalog for specific information on the start of classes.
Application for admission to a degree program is a two-part process. Only after the prospective student has been admitted to Graduate School will the department of the intended degree major review the admissions file. The applicant should consult the appropriate program description in Chapter 2 and contact the academic unit offering the program for information on specific departmental application deadlines and program admission requirements. Some academic units may require the submission of test scores, personal interviews, personal history forms, letters of recommendation, portfolios, auditions, or additional applications. Documents required for admission to a specific degree program should be forwarded directly to the academic unit for processing. Applicants assume full responsibility for supplying any credentials or data required for admission.
Classified (degree-seeking) Status, Application to
In order to enroll as a domestic classified (degree-seeking) graduate student, an applicant must have completed all requirements for admission to the Graduate School no later than one month prior to the first day of classes in a term. In order to enroll as an international classified (degree-seeking) graduate student, an applicant must have completed all requirements for admission to the Graduate School no later than June 1st for Fall Semester, October 1st for Spring Semester and March 1st for Summer Semester. Failure to enclose the application fee or delay in forwarding transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office will result in delayed processing of an application. Applicants whose official transcripts have not been received by Graduate Admissions cannot be admitted to the Graduate School.
When the Graduate School admission file is complete, the applicant's record is evaluated in Graduate Admissions. If minimum requirements are met, the file is submitted for review to the director of the graduate program to which the applicant seeks admission.
If a program has admission requirements in addition to those of the Graduate School (such as test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.), these items will also be reviewed by the program director.
Upon acceptance by the Graduate School and approval for admission by the program faculty, the applicant is notified by the Graduate Admissions Office and sent information concerning enrollment. Admission to a program becomes effective only after approval by the appropriate program faculty and the Graduate Dean. Applicants who are not accepted are so notified. Conditions may be attached to a student's admission. The fulfillment of those conditions is the responsibility of the student.
The application for a U.S. degree-seeking student can be submitted electronically.
Classification Pending Status, Application in
Prospective students who have submitted an application for degree-seeking status before the application deadline but who have not completed all the program specific requirements for admission or who are missing the final degree bearing transcript, may be considered for enrollment in classification pending status for one term. This status requires the applicant to be approved for admission to Graduate School before the department faculty can recommend consideration for classification pending status. Prospective students whose applications are received after the application deadline are not eligible for classification pending status. Only the Graduate Dean may grant approval for enrollment in this status. Such enrollment assumes that the applicant is likely to be admitted to a degree program when all departmental admissions criteria have been met (e.g., submission of test scores, letters of recommendation, or department application).
A request for admission in classification pending status is initiated by the applicant through the director of the graduate program to which the student seeks admission. If evidence supports it, the Graduate Program Director will forward a recommendation to Graduate Admissions for approval for enrollment.
Credit earned while in classification pending status will be applied to the graduate degree program, provided all program requirements for admission have been completed before the last day of regularly scheduled classes in the term in which classification pending status was granted. Should program requirements remain unfulfilled at the end of that term, the enrollment status of the applicant will be changed to unclassified for subsequent terms of enrollment except for those who did not provide the final degree-bearing transcript. Students who have not provided the final transcript will not be permitted to register for future terms in any classification. Credit earned in the term will not then be applied to a degree program, except under the provisions described in the section entitled, "Transfer of Credit."
There is an application fee of $30 for all graduate programs. Payment should be made in U.S. dollars by check or money order payable to SIUE. Payment may also be made online by credit card at www.siue.edu/bursar. Applications received without the fee will not be processed. This fee is non-refundable. Applicants who decide to change their term of entry after admission may update their file for the next two terms without another application fee. Graduate students currently enrolled at SIUE are not assessed an additional fee to apply to another program or change their major.
Providing Academic Credentials
Applicants must have official transcripts mailed directly to Graduate Admissions by the institution granting the baccalaureate degree or where the degree is in progress, and from all institutions at which post-baccalaureate work has been completed. This is not necessary for applicants who graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Hand-carried or faxed documents are not acceptable. Please direct all transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, Box 1047, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047.
Financial Support Information
Assistantships: Three types of graduate assistantships are available to degree-seeking students: general, research, and teaching. Stipends vary according to the percentage of appointment and length of service. Assistants are eligible for tuition remission. Assistantships are awarded by academic departments and other units on campus. Openings are posted in the department, in the Graduate Studies and Research Office, and on our website.
Awards: Degree-seeking students may apply for a Competitive Graduate Award, which provides a stipend and waiver of tuition. Application forms are available in Graduate Studies and Research, Campus Box 1046, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1046, (618) 650‑3164.
Student Employment and Grants: Graduate students are eligible for student employment and for grants to support their studies. Domestic students may also be eligible for loans. For information, contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (618) 650-3880, visit their website, or direct requests to Campus Box 1060, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1060.