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Graduate Catalog 2015-16



The Graduate School is the central agency for organizing and supervising all graduate programs of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), as well as for facilitating and administering the University's research activities. View our mission.

U.S. News & World Report lists SIUE among the top ten public master's level universities in the Midwest region. Beautifully situated on 2,660 acres, SIUE is a public institution offering a broad choice of degrees and programs ranging from liberal arts to professional studies. Nearly 14,000 students choose SIUE for the enlightening programs, engaging faculty, and convenient location just 25 minutes from St. Louis.

Graduate degree programs are offered in 39 fields. Courses are offered evenings as well as days and weekends in order to accommodate those students who are actively engaged in the community as professional workers. As part of the University's commitment to make educational opportunities available to students in a variety of environments, some degree programs are offered at off-campus locations in the region. Excellent library services are available on the main campus and in the St. Louis metropolitan area; the resources of major libraries in Illinois are available through Lovejoy Library.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/2014-2015.

Graduate School 618-650-3010,

Graduate Admissions - 618-650-3770

Graduate Records - 618-650-3167

Service Center - 618-650-2080

Visit the Graduate School on the web at or



The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate Catalog covers in detail questions concerning the Graduate School and applies to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It supersedes the 2013-2014 issue of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate Catalog.

The following publications can be obtained from the online at Schedule of Classes; the Undergraduate Catalog; the Graduate Catalog.

This publication is not a contract or offer to contract. The Board of Trustees, University executive officers, and their agents reserve the right to change information contained herein without notice when circumstances warrant such action.


The University System

Chapter 1. Graduate School Admissions

Chapter 2. Graduate Degree Program Descriptions

Chapter 3. Course Descriptions

Chapter 4. Graduate Faculty


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University has joined the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a new and innovative method for maintaining regional accreditation. Detailed information is available at

For more information, contact the HLC at or 800-621-7440.

Many of the University's graduate programs, departments, and schools are accredited by professional agencies, including the following:

AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of business-International (MBA & Accountancy)

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

American Art Therapy Association (Approved Program)

Council on Social Work Education

National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Illinois (Department of Biological Sciences)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

National Association of School Psychologists

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Illinois State Board of Education (All Teacher Education Programs)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


For the most up-to-date academic calendar, go to the appropriate semester at


Board of Trustees


System Offices


The University Organizational Chart can be found on the Chancellor's page.


Jerry B. Weinberg, Associate Provost for Research and Dean

Susan Morgan, Associate Dean


Southern Illinois University is a public multi-campus university comprising two institutions, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), with a School of Medicine at Springfield, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), with a School of Dental Medicine at Alton and a center in East St. Louis. The University, with an annual operating budget of more than $748 million, enrolls more than 34,000 students in programs from two-year technical curricula to Ph.D. programs in 32 fields along with law, medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine. SIU was chartered in 1869 as Southern Illinois Normal University, a teachers' college. In 1947, the name was changed to Southern Illinois University, reflecting the institution's academic expansion. The University also expanded geographically. In 1949, SIU began offering off-campus academic courses in the metropolitan East St. Louis area, which led to the eventual development of a separate institution in Edwardsville.

A modern and comprehensive post-secondary educational institution, Southern Illinois University offers a broad range of academic programs that lead to associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist's, post-baccalaureate and post-masters, cooperative doctoral, and professional degrees.

The instructional, research, and service missions of the two constituent institutions reflect the needs of the geographic areas in which they are located. The University also is committed to serving statewide, national, and international needs. This commitment is reflected in educational activities located off the main campuses in communities throughout the state. It is realized also through research and training exchanges and through world-wide student exchange programs.

A nine-member Board of Trustees governs Southern Illinois University and sets policy that enables the University to carry out established missions and goals. The President of Southern Illinois University is its chief executive officer and reports to the Board of Trustees. The University Chancellors report to the President and are responsible for the internal operation of SIUE and SIUC, respectively.



Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a public comprehensive university dedicated to the communication, expansion and integration of knowledge through excellent undergraduate education as its first priority and complementary excellent graduate and professional academic programs; through the scholarly, creative and research activity of its faculty, staff and students; and through public service and cultural and arts programming in its region.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as a premier Metropolitan University, will be recognized nationally for the excellence of its programs and development of professional and community leaders.


Recognizing public education as the cornerstone of a democracy, SIUE carries out its mission based on certain fundamental, shared values. We value:


• Social, civic and political responsibility, globally, nationally, locally, and within the University

•Active partnerships and a climate of collaboration and cooperation among faculty, staff, students and the larger community

• Environmental stewardship


• High quality student learning

• Continuous improvement and innovation

• Outstanding scholarship and public service

• Standards consonant with the premier status to which we aspire


• Accountability to those we serve and from whom we receive support

• Honesty in our communications and in our actions


• Inclusion of the rich diversity of humankind in all aspects of university life

• Respect for individual differences

• Intellectual freedom and diversity of thought

• Access for all who can benefit from our programs


• Creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge

• Application of knowledge in a manner that promotes the common good

• Life-long learning

Statement on Diversity

All societies and peoples have contributed to the rich mix of contemporary humanity. In order to achieve domestic and international peace, social justice, and the development of full human potential, we must build on this diversity. SIUE nurtures an open, harmonious, and hospitable climate that facilitates learning and work. Each member of the University is responsible for contributing to such a campus environment.

SIUE is committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, SIUE strives for a student body and a workforce that manifests diversity.

Achieving the Vision: SIUE's Long-Term Goals

The primary focus of SIUE's long-term goals is student learning. Achieving the following goals will help students become lifelong learners and effective leaders in their professions and communities:

Engaged students and Capable Graduates-Attract a diverse student body, including traditional, non-traditional, commuter, and residential scholars, and nurture, educate, and graduate students who achieve the objectives for baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees.

Innovative High Quality Programs-Develop, deliver, and continually improve high quality academic programs appropriate for a metropolitan university.

Committed Faculty and Staff-Recruit and support a diverse faculty and staff known for providing the highest quality educational opportunity, scholarship, and service.

Harmonious Campus Climate-Foster a harmonious student-centered campus characterized by integrity, cooperation, open dialogue, and mutual respect among individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.

Active Community Engagement-Achieve an integral and indispensable relationship with Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area; work cooperatively within SIU to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Sound Physical and Financial Assets-Develop, maintain, and protect the university's assets in a financially, aesthetically, and environmentally responsible manner.

Excellent Reputation-Participate and excel in actions that earn national recognition for quality.


The Graduate School of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is committed to promoting graduate education and research of the highest quality. The mission is to provide excellent programs, foster intellectual development, and facilitate excellence in research and scholarly and creative activities.

Goals of Graduate Student Learning

The purpose of graduate education at SIUE is to provide students with the intellectual ability to understand, create, integrate, and apply sophisticated discipline specific knowledge. Because knowledge is dynamic, students are additionally expected to learn the intellectual system of the discipline, which is the discipline's system of thinking, knowing, and acting, in order to acquire and evaluate future knowledge. Toward those ends, the Graduate Council adopts the following goals for graduate student learning.

Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in the discipline

Graduate students should understand the current and historical theories, concepts, and models of the discipline. They should possess the ability to access and evaluate the literature of the discipline and understand the major issues in the current state of knowledge. In addition to knowing the specific content of the discipline, students should be able to understand and appropriately use the methods and techniques of advancing and/or applying knowledge in the field of study.

Effectively communicate knowledge in the discipline

Graduate students should possess the ability to write and speak about the current issues of the discipline to peers, practitioners, and the public. They should be able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of the discipline and write and present scholarship to professionals.

Demonstrate an ability for analytical thinking in the discipline

Graduate students should be able to identify and understand critical issues in the discipline. They should possess the ability to challenge and evaluate information, as well as to synthesize and integrate knowledge in the discipline.

Exhibit the best practices, values, and ethics of the profession

Graduate students should understand and exhibit the professional standards for responsible conduct of research in the discipline and understand the values and ethics of practicing the profession in society.

Apply knowledge of the discipline

Graduate students should possess the ability to apply knowledge in the discipline to solve sophisticated problems and to interpret technical issues.

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