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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 Office of Admissions website at www.siue.edu or from the Graduate School office, Rendleman Hall, Room 2202, 618/650-3010, or in person at the Service Center, Rendleman Hall, Room 1309. Completed applications may be submitted online or can be mailed to Campus Box 1042 along with a check for the nonrefundable $30 fee. The $30 application fee can also be paid online at www.siue.edu/bursar. Applications and procedures for the School of Dental Medicine at www.siue.edu/dentalmedicine and the School of Pharmacy at www.siue.edu/pharmacy.

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 for up to three terms. 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 the Office of 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 2.0-2.49 may be given consideration. Applicants still in progress with a GPA below 2.5 will be disapproved.

The application deadline for domestic classified students (degree-seeking) status requires that the Office of 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 Office of 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 the Office of 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. See the Academic Calendar at www.siue.edu/registrar/schedules/ for specific information on the start of classes. Any application file completed after the deadline will be moved to the next available term. Students moved forward are required to check with an Admissions Officer to make sure all documents are still valid.

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

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 appropriate program faculty, the applicant is notified by the Graduate Admissions Office and sent information concerning enrollment. Applicants who are not accepted are so notified. If conditions are not completed, student is subject to dismissal from the program.

The application for a U.S. degree seeking student can be submitted electronically at www.siue.edu/GRADUATE.

CLASSIFICATION PENDING STATUS

The application for a U.S. degree seeking student can be submitted electronically at www.siue.edu/apply.

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 Office of Admissions Office will result in delayed processing of an application. Applicants whose official transcripts have not been received by the Office of Admissions cannot be admitted to the Graduate School.

When the Graduate School admission file is complete, the applicant's record is evaluated in the Office of 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 appropriate program faculty, the applicant is notified by the Graduate Admissions Office and sent information concerning enrollment. 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students on an F-1 visa requiring an I-20 from SIUE must be enrolled in a program leading to a degree. They cannot be admitted as unclassified students. An exception to this policy may be granted to a student with F-1 status who is enrolled in a graduate degree program at an American university. Prospective international students holding visa types other than F-1 who do not require an I-20 from SIUE may apply for classified or unclassified status. An applicant must satisfy all admission requirements and be approved for admission to graduate study by both the Graduate School and the academic unit offering the program to which application is made. Any student with F-2 visa status needs to contact International Student Services, 618-650-3785, located in the Morris University Center, Room 2053.

In order to be considered for admission, international applicants are expected to have completed a baccalaureate degree or a degree that is comparable to the U.S. baccalaureate from an internationally-recognized institution of higher learning. The baccalaureate degree usually represents four years of work at the college level and a total of 16 years of formal education. For information concerning the admission of international applicants, visit the Office of Admissions website here or address inquiries to the Office of Admissions, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62026, or gradadmissions@siue.edu.

An international applicant whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. A minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 80 (79-80) (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within two years prior to the term for which admission is sought is required. We also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results to satisfy our English language proficiency admission requirement. The minimum IELTS total band score required is 6.5. Some degree programs may require a higher score. The English proficiency is waived for international students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in the United States. The English proficiency is also waived for applicants who, within five years of the proposed date of enrollment in the University, have graduated with an acceptable baccalaureate (or comparable) degree from a college or university in a country where English is the native language and at which English is the primary language of instruction. A waiver of the English proficiency requirement may also be granted to applicants who satisfactorily complete at least two academic years of full-time graduate study under the provisions described in this paragraph. Full-time graduate study is a minimum of 18 completed hours in a full academic year, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. International students may be required to take additional English language testing when they arrive on campus.

Other test scores may be required depending on the specific area of study. Applicants should consult the academic unit to which application is made for specific information about required tests. Applicants who can provide scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or other similar tests are encouraged to do so whether or not these tests are specifically required. In addition, recommendations from three of the applicant's professors from the major field of study are suggested. If the applicant offers evidence of completion of an undergraduate degree from an American institution, it is suggested that one of the recommendations be from the chairperson of the academic unit in which the degree was earned. For a full description of specific program admission requirements, see the program descriptions in Chapter 2 of this publication.

If the above requirements are satisfactorily met, admission to a degree program is contingent upon the applicant's certifying to the University that adequate financial resources are available to undertake and complete a program of study. To allow ample time for visa and other departure procedures, out-of-country applicants should have applications and all supporting documents on file with the University by the posted deadline.

An applicant with status as a Permanent Resident must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by presenting a TOEFL score of at least 550 scored on the paper-based official test, 213 on the computer-based official test, or 79-80 on the internet-based official test taken within the last two years, or by successfully passing the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency with an equated score of at least 85. This requirement must be satisfied before an application will be processed by the Graduate Admissions Office.

UNCLASSIFIED STATUS

Unclassified graduate students are those who do not seek a graduate degree at SIUE, those who have not qualified for admission to a graduate degree program at SIUE, and those whose application materials were received too late to be processed for degree-seeking status for the intended term of enrollment. Any applicant who is eligible for admission to a degree program is urged to apply for admission in classified status rather than unclassified status. Only a limited amount of credit earned while in unclassified status may be used to satisfy degree requirements (should the student subsequently be admitted to a degree program) and then only under the conditions stipulated in the transfer credit regulations.

Applicants seeking admission in unclassified status submit the "Unclassified Graduate Admission Application." An official baccalaureate degree-bearing transcript must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. The deadline for submitting an application for enrollment in unclassified status is no later than five working days preceding the first day of regularly scheduled classes in a term. A non-refundable fee of $30 is charged for the submission of an application for admission in unclassified status.

UNDERGRADUATES ENROLLED IN GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES

Undergraduate students may submit an application for admission as a graduate degree-seeking student when they have earned at least 88 semester hours of credit toward the undergraduate degree with a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0). Unless attending SIU Edwardsville or Carbondale, applicants must have forwarded official transcripts showing the work completed and evidence of courses in which they are currently enrolled. Undergraduates do not assume graduate status until they have completed requirements for the baccalaureate degree and the degree is posted on their official academic records.

SIUE undergraduate students who are within 12 semester hours and not more than one academic term of completing requirements for the baccalaureate degree may take courses for graduate credit only after filing an application for admission to the Graduate School, together with a nonrefundable application fee of $30, as a degree-seeking graduate student. Such students must also have the written approval of the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate Dean before enrolling in courses for which credit toward a graduate degree will be sought following admission to a graduate program. Approval of the instructor of the course(s) is also required. Exceptions to the 12-hour rule may be recommended by the director of the graduate program to which a student has applied for admission. Such requests must be approved by the Graduate Dean prior to enrollment in any courses bearing credit that is to be applied later to a graduate degree.

Undergraduate students utilizing this plan are expected to concentrate their efforts on finishing the baccalaureate degree, taking courses for graduate credit only where necessary to fill out their schedules. A "Graduate Student Request Form," available on the web at www.siue.edu/graduatestudents/current/pdf/GSR_fillable_09.pdf or in Graduate Records in the Service Center, is used to obtain the Graduate Dean's approval to enroll in graduate level courses.

Special arrangements are made for students pursuing combined baccalaureate-master's degree programs in Chemistry, Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.

Except under the special conditions described previously, undergraduate students are not permitted to enroll in courses numbered at the 500-level, which are designated in the course numbering system as being for graduate students only. Courses taken for graduate credit and courses numbered in the 500 series may not be applied toward an undergraduate degree.

Off-Campus Programs

In order to enroll in off-campus graduate courses, prospective students must have applied and been admitted to the Graduate School in either classified or unclassified status. (See preceding sections on Admission.)

ADMISSION TO DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

For admission to master's degree programs, the following requirements apply:

  1. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university, or be within 12 semester hours and not more than one academic term of such a degree, or present equivalent credentials. A professional degree in law, medicine, or dentistry is considered equivalent to a baccalaureate degree for this purpose if the professional degree program (1) requires for admission at least 60 semester hours of general college credit from an accredited college or university, and (2) is of at least 27 months' duration.
  2. The overall grade point average for undergraduate work should be at least 2.5 (A=4.0). Some degree programs require a grade point average higher than 2.5 for admission. Applicants should check specific program descriptions for additional information. Applicants with domestic credentials whose undergraduate average falls between 2.0 and 2.49 and who have completed their undergraduate degree may receive individual consideration for admission to degree programs. College records and supporting evidence used in these evaluations include such factors as (1)higher grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate work than the overall average; (2) higher grade point average in the undergraduate major than in general undergraduate studies; (3) acceptable scores on tests such as the Graduate Record Examination; and (4) successful professional experience.
  3. Overall grade point average for all graduate level work completed previously should be at least 3.0 (A=4.0), regardless of the undergraduate grade point average.
  4. Applicants must be approved for admission by the graduate program in which they intend to pursue a degree as indicated on the application and, therefore, must meet any requirements established by the program in addition to those of the Graduate School.

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

A post-baccalaureate certificate is an organized program of study requiring at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit which leads to a specific set of skills or knowledge. A certificate confirms that a student has mastery of the content of a clearly defined sub-field of an academic major field of study. A certificate provides in-depth training, but not to the breadth of a graduate degree. The completion of a certificate is noted on a student's transcript and is part of the University's official graduate offerings.

Prospective students interested in a certificate program should follow application procedures detailed above in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs." In order to begin a certificate program, a student must be admitted to the Graduate School as a classified graduate student. The program faculty must approve the admission of all students into the certificate program and may add additional admission requirements such as course prerequisites.

SPECIALIST DEGREE PROGRAMS

Applicants must have completed a master's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) for all graduate level work and ordinarily must have had at least two years of experience relevant to the specialized field. Credentials of applicants whose cumulative grade point average for graduate work completed is between 3.0 and 3.25 may be considered individually. Prospective students must also satisfy requirements established by the graduate faculty of the major.

Prospective students interested in specialist degree programs should follow application procedures detailed previously in "Master's Degree Programs." Supplementary application forms and further information concerning specialist degree programs are available from the major department Graduate Program Director. Prospective students should consult the program description in the next chapter of this publication to determine specific program admission requirements. Admission to a specialist degree program is final only after approval by the graduate faculty of the program and the Graduate Dean.

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

The School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. Specific information about admissions, course of study, and the degree completion can be found at siue.edu/edd.

The School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Specific information about admissions, plan of study, and graduation can be found in depth at www.siue.edu/nursing.

Some programs at the University have cooperative doctoral arrangements with academic units at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The prospective student with a completed or nearly completed master's degree can initiate the application process by submitting an application at either campus. Thereafter, the applicant will need to satisfy requirements for admission at each campus and be approved for admission to a cooperative doctoral program by the faculties of both campuses. Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the degree-granting institution for all doctoral degrees. For information on programs participating in cooperative doctoral arrangements, consult the individual program descriptions in Chapter 2 of this catalog. Details on the admissions process for applications submitted at the SIUE campus are outlined in the preceding section entitled "Classified (Degree-Seeking) Status."

The School of Dental Medicine offers the latest technology in today's oral healthcare field helping over 8,000 patients a year receive excellent dental care through a state-of-the-art main clinic in Alton as well as a community clinic in East St. Louis. Information on admission to Doctor of Dental Science may be found at www.siue.edu/dentalmedicine.

The School of Pharmacy offers technologically advanced classrooms, research laboratories and a contemporary curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, professionalism and teamwork. Information on admission to the pharmacy doctorate program can be found at www.siue.edu/pharmacy.

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