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Sign Up for MyEIU and Learn More about Eastern

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

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Once you've completed EIU's Graduate School online application, available in the previous menu, please submit the following items.

All applicants must also submit a personal statement of intent, in which you address why you seek admission into our program. This statement should be approximately 300 words. In addition, you must have two letters of reference, with the accompanying Graduate Reference Letter Form(PDF) (Word Doc).

Your personal statement of intent and the two reference letters must be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Political Science
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920-3099

Your application will require that you send your undergraduate transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions
Graduate School 
Eastern Illinois University 
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920

If your undergraduate cumulative grade point average is less than 3.0, you should submit a GRE score. We would like to see a score above 1000.

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

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

Join Us in Charleston!

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!

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Completed application (personal statement and two reference letters with accompanying reference form)
  3. GRE scores if cumulative GPA is under 3.0
  4. TOEFL for international students