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firstchoiceprogram Graduate programs achieving the distinction of "First Choice" have applied for and been subjected to rigorous review from EIU's Council on Graduate Studies — with oversight from The Graduate School — to ensure they meet the highest standards of scholarly excellence as evidenced through sustained achievement of criteria developed and adopted by the council in 2006.

Criteria for designation as a First Choice program can be accessed by clicking here. Eastern Illinois University graduate study programs that have achieved First Choice status are listed in the following table:

YearsPrograms
2009-2013 History and Historical Administration
English
Communication Disorders and Sciences
College Student Affairs
School Psychology
2010-2014 Gerontology
Political Science
2011-2015 Biological Sciences
2012-2014 Counseling
2012-2016 Clinical Psychology
2013-2018 Renewal History and Historical Administration
2013-2018 Renewal English
2013-2018 Renewal Communication Disorders and Sciences
 2013-2018 Renewal  College Student Affairs
2013-2018 MBA
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