College Student Personnel program

CSP: Higher Education Leadership - Application Process

Built upon the values of: theory to practice, ethical action, social justice, and transformative learning, the purpose of the College Student Personnel program at Western Illinois University is to co-create learning partnerships to help you develop as a reflective student affairs leader for socially responsible practice.

With this goal in mind, candidates like yourself are evaluated on academic ability and achievements, student affairs knowledge and abilities, and personal attributes necessary to successfully complete the program and thrive in the field of student affairs. Documents such as: a professional resume, personal statement, essay, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, the Graduate Studies application, and a personal interview assist in this evaluation process.


College Student Personnel: Higher Education Leadership Application Process Timeline

March 1, 2019

Recommended international candidate time frame for submitting application material to Center for International Studies (allowing for processing time to meet the deadline)

March 20, 2019
Recommended domestic candidate time frame for submitting application materials to Graduate Studies (allowing for processing time to meet the deadline)

April 5, 2019

Priority deadline for completing application process with Graduate Studies and CSP Program; applications submitted after this date will be considered on a space-available basis; candidate interviews will be conducted in the Spring of 2019- at the WIU-Quad Cities campus

May 10, 2019

Deadline for applicants who are offered admission to accept or decline their place in the CSP: Higher Education Leadership -- Class of 2021

June 3, 2019

Summer Session begins (three face-to-face classes are held during this 8-week session)

Application Tips

  • The College Student Personnel Staff can answer your questions about the application process or the receipt of application materials through email: or phone: (309) 298-2848.
  • As a candidate, it is your responsibility to check on the status of your application to be sure all materials arrive prior to the application deadline.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement for admission to the program.
  • The admission interview is the final stage and critical part of the admission process. The department will notify candidates of their admission status shortly after the interview. An official letter from WIU's School of Graduate Studies will be sent when an official decision has been made on your application file. 

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