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The College Student Affairs Program is highly devoted to enrolling a graduate student population of individuals who are diverse in regards to culture, ability, and experience. Admission to the CSA Program is very competitive and restricted to individuals seeking full-time admission. Class size is limited to 25 to 30 students placed into a cohort-based program. Those seeking part-time enrollment will be considered if space is available.

Any student who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and who wishes to be admitted to the Department of College Student Affairs must complete the following:

Deadline for submitting materials: January 29, 2016 (NOTE: Please make application to the Graduate School in a timely manner to assure that the department receives the items by January 29th.)

Sign Up for MyEIU and Learn More about Eastern

Applying to the CSA Graduate Program is a two part process done all online through making a MyEIU account.

Your MyEIU account is free and easy; all it takes is an email address to get started. You can even sign up via Facebook! Once you've logged into MyEIU, you can learn everything there is to know about Eastern and get information about everything the university has to offer — all tailored to your unique set of interests!

Apply to the Graduate School

Select 'Graduate School' when registering for your MyEIU account, and complete the Graduate School Application. Through this application you will also send:

  • A $30 application fee
  • A copy of your official transcripts

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Once you are admitted to the Graduate School, submit an application to the College Student Affairs Program (CSA). The department application is also found on MyEIU.

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

All full-time students are required to have a graduate assistantship, which is arranged through College Student Affairs Interview Days. To obtain an assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

Join Us in Charleston for CSA Days!

Applicant files are reviewed including all aspects of applicants’ experiences. After reviewing applicant files, the admissions committee will invite qualified candidates for CSA Interview Days. Those selected to participate in the interview days will be notified by the admissions committee and will be asked to register via the link that will be provided.

CSA Days provides an opportunity for candidates of the CSA Program to be interviewed by faculty members for admission to the program. Interviews are also conducted with campus supervisors for graduate assistantships. The program works together with University offices to determine the best assistantship match for an individual. Only candidates with graduate assistantship offers will be admitted to the CSA Program.

During CSA Days, candidates will have an opportunity to spend time with faculty and students in the College Student Affairs program, and student affairs professionals on campus. Candidates must apply to the program before registering to attend CSA Days.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Create a MyEIU account. This is where you will complete your Graduate School Application and your College Student Affairs (CSA) Department Application.
  3. Two departmental recommendations from individuals outside of the department familiar with applicant’s academic or work performance. (The department prefers academic references if possible). References will receive an electronic form once an email address is submitted by the applicant through MyEIU.
  4. A GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale at time of application.
  5. All students admitted to the CSA program are required to have either a graduate assistantship or submit evidence of full-time employment in an institution of higher education or closely related educational organization. (Graduate assistants are not available to students who have a GPA below 2.75)
  6. To assist you with attainment of a graduate assistantship, applicants requesting admission will be required to attend CSA Interview Days on February 21-23, 2016. From the pool of completed applications, the admissions committee will invite qualified candidates to CSA Days. Those invited will be contacted to register via email prior to the interview days.
  7. Students who plan to (study) attend the program on a full-time basis will be given priority in admission to the program.

The following materials must be submitted to the Department before attending CSA Days:

  • Graduate School Application
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Departmental Admission Application
  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • Two Recommendations

Not submitting materials requested may result in admission being denied. Students are not eligible for financial aid until departmental admission is completed.