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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.

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

Applicants must meet all of the requirements for general admission set forth by the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School is the first stage of admission required for students seeking a PSM in GISci degree. 

 

General Requirements


  1. Hold a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher is recommended. Any GPA below 2.75 is not eligible for full admission to the PSM in GISci program.
  3. Submit a complete and official transcript from each institution attended.
  4. Submit current resume clearly describing employment experience.
  5. Submit three letters of reference.
  6. Submit one page professional goal statement describing personal career and academic goals and the preparation required to meet those goals.
  7. Application to The Graduate School, along with $30 application fee.

 

International Students


International applicants must apply through the Office of International Students & Scholar. Applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission set forth by International Programs, including hold a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with 2.75 or higher GPA for full admission.

The following items must be sent to the International Students & Scholars Office:

  1. Submit a complete and official transcript from each institution attended.
  2. Submit current resume clearly describing employment experience.
  3. Submit three letters of reference.
  4. Submit one page professional goal statement describing personal career and academic goals and the preparation required to meet those goals.
  5. Approved financial affidavit form.
  6. Documentation of English mastery (TOEFL or IELTS).
  7. International Admission Application, along with $30 application fee.


Please note that the program admission requirements are different than the Graduate School requirements.

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!