College Student Personnel program

CSP: Higher Education Leadership Application Checklist (part-time graduate school option)

Priority Deadline April 5, 2019*

  • Application for Admission - Completed with the School of Graduate Studies
  • Official transcript(s) - Submit all previous undergraduate or graduate coursework completed at any college or university to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Application Essays - Please write two short statements, 500 to 700 words each, addressing the prompts below.
    • On-line and hybrid learning, compared to face-to-face classrooms, have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.  Describe your experience with self-directed learning and what approaches you will employ to get the most out of the hybrid environment.
    • When choosing a graduate program, you are choosing an intellectual and professional community where you believe that you can learn and develop. In what aspects of your academic and professional life do you hope to realize growth by enrolling in the CSP program, and how do you anticipate finding harmony between your academic, professional, and personal responsibilities associated with this growth?
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • The recommendation should be from individuals able to provide pertinent information regarding your skills and success in the field of student affairs. 
    • At least one reference should be from a faculty member who can speak to your academic strength or a leader who has witnessed your ability to lead and learn new, complex information
  • Resume - Updated with your professional experiences
  • Interview - Interviews will occur on a rolling basis between October 2018 and April 2019 at the WIU-Quad Cities campus as applications become complete.

 *Application review, interview sessions, and admission decisions occur on a rolling basis between October and April. Applications submitted after the Priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. More details can be obtained by calling (309) 298-2848 or emailing