Students may begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The department accepts applications to the graduate program throughout the year.
However, we begin considering applications for each Fall semester on January 14. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, January 14 will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.
We also admit graduate students for the Spring semester. We begin considering applications for each Spring semester on September 30 of the previous calendar year. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, September 30, will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.
Students awarded teaching assistantships usually begin in the Fall semester and complete the department's new teacher orientation program before the semester begins and the department’s new teacher training program during their first semester. It is rare for the department to have the ability to offer assistantships beginning in the spring semester. However, if assistantships are available beginning in the spring, applicants will be considered. Please contact the graduate coordinator to inquire about the availability of spring assistantship opportunities.
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For full admission, we use the GPA cutoff of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. If you fall slightly short, we can admit you on a provisional basis. Once enrolled, if you achieve a GPA of 3.0 in the first 12 semester hours of credit, your admission status will change to “full” upon request.
Please send the following to the graduate coordinator:
If you are going to be an international applicant, the OISS may ask you to send a Financial Affidavit. You may contact that office at email@example.com for any related questions.
Please mail all materials for the departmental application to:
Mukti Upadhyay, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Please note that the program admission requirements are different than the Graduate School requirements. You may also send the appropriate items above via email to the graduate coordinator: Mukti Upadhyay, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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