The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU
To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. A minor in History or its equivalent is also required. Please note: Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the Graduate School requirements does not ensure admission into the History MA program. Applications are accepted any time. However, applicants for graduate assistantships and other forms of financial aid must complete their file by March 1st to ensure full consideration.
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All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:
- A complete online application
- A copy of your official transcripts
- A $30 application fee
Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.
- A minimum of 2.75 grade point average.
Please note: A cumulative GPA of 2.75 does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the gerontology master’s degree program.
- A completed graduate school application, which can be obtained here. *The fee for the application goes to the Graduate School.
- Three letters of support, two of which must address academic performance.
- Please note the letters must be mailed directly to Dr. Jacquelyn Frank from the person you are obtaining them from. Letters mailed in by prospective students will not be accepted.
- Two essays:
- An essay describing why you want to study gerontology and why EIU would be a good fit for your interests.
- An essay outlining what you perceive to be your academic strengths and weaknesses. You should also describe the ways you address your weaknesses.
- Your official transcript.
- An interview, either over the phone or in person, which takes place after receipt of completed application and all supported documents.
- Allow four to six weeks following the interview for notification of our decision regarding your admission.
Please mail letters of support and essays directly to the gerontology program coordinator:
Jacquelyn Frank, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Master of Arts in Aging Studies
Eastern Illinois University
2056 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920
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!
Graduate Assistantship Requirements - If you are applying to the program and applying for a Graduate Assistantship, all forms turned in will be used for both but MUST be in by the Graduate Assistantship deadlines. You must also submit an online application on the Graduate School webpage for an Assistantship. If you are a current graduate student in the Aging Studies program, you must submit the following materials:
- Submit an online application on the Graduate School Webpage for an Assistantship
- One letter of support from a professor at Eastern who can attest to your academic performance and abilities.
- Resume or Vita
*Remember your letter of support must be mailed directly to Dr. Jacquelyn Frank.
Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!
Application and Graduate Assistantship Deadlines
The gerontology program coordinator must receive all application materials by the following dates:
- March 1 for Summer or Fall semester enrollment.
Feb. 10 to be considered for Fall graduate assistantship.
- Oct. 1 for Spring semester enrollment and graduate assistantship