The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU
The admission process seems intimidating, but thanks to MyEIU, we’ve made it simpler than ever. Your MyEIU account takes you through every step.
Applying for Admission
- Transfer Students
- International Students
- Readmitted Students
- Graduate Students
- BGS Students
- RN to BS in Nursing Students
You can also get in touch with our admissions counselors at 877-581-2348 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They'll be able to get you on the right path!
Upon admission new freshman will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 and all students living on campus a housing deposit by June 12. Prior to your arrival on campus, all first time students will also be asked to complete a medical examination form and will be contacted regarding your class schedule, housing accommodations and other details.
Students may begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The department accepts applications to the graduate program throughout the year. You can find the department application here.
We begin considering applications for the Fall semester on January 19, though we accept applications for the Fall semester throughout the year. Applications will not be considered for admission until they are complete. A complete application includes all the required paperwork for both the graduate school and the Department of Communication Studies. Applications completed on, or before, January 19 will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.
We also admit graduate students for the Spring semester. We begin considering applications for each Spring semester on September 30 of the previous calendar year, though we accept applications for the Spring semester throughout the year. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, September 30, will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.
Students awarded teaching assistantships usually begin in the Fall semester and complete the department's new teacher orientation program before the semester begins and the department’s new teacher training program during their first semester. It is rare for the department to have the ability to offer assistantships beginning in the spring semester. However, if assistantships are available beginning in the spring, applicants will be considered. Please contact the graduate coordinator to inquire about the availability of spring assistantship opportunities.
Important: Please note that you must apply to the graduate school through MyEIU AND complete the online application for the Department of Communication Studies.
The Department of Communication Studies requires the following materials:
- A goal/personal statement detailing why you want to continue your academic studies in graduate school and why you feel the MA in Communication Studies at EIU is a good fit for you
- An academic writing sample: Ideally this is a research paper that represents your best academic work, but if you have been away from school for a number of years and no longer have any examples of academic writing the department will accept samples of professional writing. Please contact the graduate coordinator directly if you need help determining which samples would be best to submit.
- A resume
- Three letters of recommendation attesting your ability to be successful in graduate school: Recommendations are submitted electronically through the online application. Applicants only need to provide email addresses for referees and they will be contacted directly by the Graduate School at EIU to complete the online recommendation process.
The MA in Communication Studies has the following admission requirements:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- A complete application.
- A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- TOEFL scores consistent with the requirements of the Graduate School at EIU (for international students only)
- A minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework in communication.
If your undergraduate degree is not in communication and you are not sure if you have the required 18 semester hours in communication courses, send a copy of your transcript to the graduate coordinator, who will evaluate your coursework to determine if you have met the requirement. If you have not met the requirement, the graduate coordinator will counsel you on what you can do to make up the deficit.