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The following documents must be on file with the Graduate School to insure eligibility for an assistantship.

□  Complete Application for Admission:  An application for admission as a degree seeking candidate must be on file at the Graduate School. A complete application includes (1) the application form (available at MyEIU); (2) official transcripts reflecting completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; (3) GRE General Test score. 

□  Completed Graduate Assistantship Application:  Apply for a graduate assistantship in the English Department here.

□ International Applications:  International students must have official test scores (TOEFL or IELTS if required and GRE ), a completed financial affidavit, and complete transcripts on file before an application will be considered.   Consult the Office of International Students and Scholars for additional information.


The following items should be sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator of English.

□  Two Letters of Recommendation: Provide each letter writer with a copy of the Letter of Recommendation Form. Letter writers should mail letters directly to the Graduate Coordinator of English. 

□  Personal Statement:  Submit a statement of 500-750 words that explains your reasons for undertaking graduate study, your academic preparation, your interests and goals, and your qualifications for a graduate assistantship.

□  Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please attach this document to the personal statement. 

□  Writing sample: Send a sample of academic writing that shows us your ability to think and write critically.  Essays may address a subject related to English studies, or any other academic area in which you have research and writing experience. Your sample should be at least 5 pages long and no more than 20.

Email: Randy Beebe at rlbeebe@eiu.edu

Mailing Address: Graduate Coordinator of English, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920