MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION APPLICATION CHECKLIST FOR
PROSPECTIVE WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
EIS APPLICATION CHECKLIST
THE FOLLOWING STEPS MUST ALL BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU WILL BE APPROVED FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE EIS PROGRAM:
1) APPLY TO WIU SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES
2) INTERVIEW WITH A GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEMBER
3) SUBMIT REASONS STATEMENT
4) SUBMIT PERSONAL INFORMATION SHEET
5) If interested and you have not already completed a Graduate Assistantship application as part of the Graduate School online application, you may complete one at : http://www.wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/forms/assist.pdf
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IMPORTANT: As a student in the Master of Science in Education – Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) graduate program, you are responsible for reading these guidelines. You are responsible for adhering to the guidelines as described here by maintaining frequent contact with your assigned graduate advisor. The Department of EIS abides by the rules and regulations as outlined in the Western Illinois University Graduate Catalog; please obtain a copy of this catalog and consult it often. The Graduate Catalog is available on the WIU School of Graduate Studies webpage and through the WIU School of Graduate Studies in Macomb or the WIU-Quad Cities Campus in Moline.
CHECKLIST FOR M.S. IN EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEGREE
The following steps must be followed as you progress through the master’s degree program. We suggest that you keep this for your records and check off steps as they are completed.
A. INITIAL APPLICATION
1. Apply to WIU School of Graduate Studies. You must apply through the WIU School of Graduate Studies and declare Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies as your program of study. If you were previously accepted into another department, you must contact the WIU Graduate Office to request a change of major. You may apply online and obtain a change of major form on the WIU School of Graduate Studies webpage, or you may obtain the necessary forms from the WIU Graduate Office.
2. Send transcripts. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended must be sent directly from those institutions to the WIU Graduate Office. The Graduate Office will not forward your application to the EIS Department until all transcripts are received.
B. DEPARTMENT ADMISSION PROCESS
1. Interview with a Graduate Committee member. Before you can be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Education – EIS degree, you must be interviewed by an EIS Graduate Committee member (either in person or by telephone). On the Reasons Statement Cover Sheet (Form 1), please be sure to complete the bottom portion indicating when and with whom your interview took place.
To arrange for an interview call the EIS office at 309-298-1183 or email one of the following Graduate Committee Members:
Tom Cody, Chair of the Grad. Committee (TJ-Cody@wiu.edu)
Georg Gunzenhauser, Graduate Coordinator-Quad Cities ( G-Gunzenhauser@wiu.edu )
Tracy Davis (TL-Davis1@wiu.edu)
Greg Montalvo (GP-Montalvo@wiu.edu)
James LaPrad (JG-LaPrad@wiu.edu)
2. Submit Reasons Statement. Before you can be considered for admission into this master’s program, you must submit a typed statement indicating why EIS is the best choice for you, identifying the degree's suitability to your personal and professional goals and objectives, and selecting the track that you plan to pursue. Please complete Form 1 - Reasons Statement Cover Sheet and attach it to your reasons statement when you submit it to the EIS Department.
3. Submit Form 2 - Personal Information Sheet. IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED
Once the interview is completed and the reasons statement and personal information sheet are received, you will be considered for admission by the EIS Graduate Committee. You must meet admission requirements as set forth in the WIU Graduate Catalog and by the EIS Department. For regular admission, you must have a 2.75 overall grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate coursework.
- Regular Admission
- Probationary Admission (GPA below 2.75) – To request probationary admission, a student must meet the following requirements:
1. Complete at least one graded graduate course for a minimum of 3 credit hours receiving a grade of “B” or better .Students requesting probationary admission with a GPA below 2.5 may be required to take more than one course achieving a grade of “B” or better.
2. Submit a letter of support from the instructor of at least one graduate course completed indicating that the student is capable of doing well in graduate coursework.
3. Obtain additional letter(s) of support from a professor, employer, or supervisor regarding student’s professional and/or academic abilities.
4. Secure an EIS faculty member as advocate.
Once admitted as a probationary student, you are required to complete 12 credit hours of graduate coursework achieving a grade of “B” or better before petitioning to be accepted as a regular degree candidate. You must not take additional hours until this petition is approved.
PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETE AND RETURN ALL OF THE FOLLOWING FORMS TO THE EIS DEPARTMENT:
FORM 1 - Reasons Statement Cover Sheet
FORM 2 - Information Sheet