Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions - Prospective Students

Where can I find the graduate catalog?

The catalog is available online.

Which programs are offered at the Macomb campus?  At the Quad Cities campus? Online?

Take a look here to see graduate program location offerings.

What are the admission requirements to my program?  Are GRE/GMAT scores required?

The admission requirements for each graduate program may be found here.

How much will it cost to attend WIU School of Graduate Studies?

Use our Cost Estimator to determine an estimate for tuition, fees, and room/board.

I took WIU graduate classes years ago.  What application do I submit?

You will submit the readmission application.

I applied within the past two years but didn’t enroll.  What application do I submit?

You will submit the Request to Reactivate Graduate Admission Application.

I applied over two years ago but didn’t enroll.  What application do I submit?

If you apply and do not enroll in classes, your application fee expires two years from the starting semester as indicated on the original application. You will need to submit the graduate application as a new graduate student and pay the application fee.

How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Prior to submitting the online graduate application, you can indicate ‘yes’ when asked if you are interested in an assistantship. This will automatically generate an assistantship application when your application is uploaded to our system. If you submitted your online application and later decide to apply for an assistantship, then you must submit the online assistantship application to the School of Graduate Studies. This form will be shared with your academic program of interest.

Areas outside of academic departments may have openings for assistantships. Available positions can be found here when the Graduate School is notified of openings.

I would like to learn more about WIU and the Macomb and Quad Cities communities.  Where can I find more information?

What are my housing options at the Macomb campus?  Quad Cities campus?

Macomb is a traditional campus and offers several options for on-campus housing to graduate students. Graduate and Family Housing can answer any questions you may have. The Quad Cities campus does not offer on-campus housing. 

Off-campus housing options for Macomb and the Quad Cities are available online.

What is the WIU ETS code for GRE scores to be sent to your institution?


What is the application fee and are waivers available?

The graduate application fee is $30. Fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars, military veterans, and WIU faculty/staff/retirees.

I do not meet the minimum admission GPA requirements.  Are exceptions made to GPA admission requirements?

Some departments may accept these students as probationary students. This varies by department. Upon completion of six semester hours of graduate work at WIU with grades of “B” or above, or meeting departmental requirements as stipulated, status will be changed to regularly accepted by Graduate School personnel. Probationary students are not eligible for assistantship positions.

How long do I have to complete a graduate degree at WIU?

Master’s and specialist students – 6 consecutive calendar years, including transfer work

Doctoral students – 8 consecutive calendar years, including transfer work

More information may be found here.