Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions - Admission


How do I apply?

You may apply online at the School of Graduate Studies website. Create an account and begin filling out the application.

Is there an application fee?

There is a $30 nonrefundable application fee that may be paid online via credit card, or you may choose to send in a check or money order. The fee is valid for two years if you do not matriculate. However, you will be required to reactivate your application by completing the reactivation form.

Is there an application deadline?

The School of Graduate Studies accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, some departments give priority consideration for fall admission to complete applications received prior to the following dates:

  • January 15  -Counseling, College Student Personnel, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • February 1 - Psychology
  • February 15 - Sociology

It is suggested that you contact your program of interest to determine deadline dates.

What transcripts are required?

If you are applying for admission to a degree program at WIU, you must request an official transcript from EACH college or university you have attended. The Graduate School calculates your cumulative undergraduate GPA based on all hours attempted. Although your transcript may include transfer course(s), it does not contain enough information for the Graduate School to calculate your GPA; therefore an official transcript from each institution is required.

If you are applying as a nondegree seeking student, you should request an official transcript or statement of degree from the institution granting your highest degree.

Can I have my transcripts faxed?

No. Faxed transcripts are not considered official.

Where do I send my transcripts/personal goals statement/letters of recommendation?

You may have all materials sent to School of Graduate Studies, Western Illinois University, Sherman Hall 116, Macomb, IL 61455.

Is there a form for letters of recommendation?

There is no standard form for letters of recommendation. However, certain departments, such as Counselor Education; College Student Personnel; Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration; and Educational Leadership do have their own forms. Check with your academic department to be certain. Also, you may choose to have your recommenders submit letters electronically within the online admission application.

What GPA is required for admission to my program? Do I have to submit GRE or GMAT scores?

Please review the checklist for admission requirements for all programs.

Where do I find information about the GRE?

General information about the test can be found at .Sample test questions can be found at . GRE Prep Course Reviews can be found at

Where do I find information about the GMAT?

General information about the test can be found at and

How is my GPA calculated? Why doesn't it match what my my degree transcript shows?

Your cumulative GPA calculation is based on ALL hours attempted (transfer hours included) prior to earning your bachelor's degree. If a course was initially failed and then repeated, BOTH grades are used in the calculation. Grades are calculated as A, B, C, D, F, only - no plus/minus considered. If you attended an institution using AB, BC, CD grades, please note AB = B, BC = C and CD = D in our calculation.

How will I know whether or not I've been accepted?

You will receive a brief email from the School of Graduate Studies indicating your acceptance, followed by an official letter sent via postal mail. You are always welcome to contact the Graduate School during the application process to check on your status.

How much is tuition/room and board? Are there any scholarships available? Can I get financial aid?

See  Fees for detailed information.

May the same personal goals statement and letters of recommendation be used for the graduate assistantship application as those for application to the program, if required? 

Yes. If you submitted personal goals electronically with the application for admission, you do not need to send a hard copy.