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To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Please note: Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the Graduate School requirements does not ensure admission into the 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:
Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.
Applications (for domestic and international students) may be filled out in MyEIU.
Please note that this application process requires you to first create an account from the page linked above. You will then be able to access the "application menu" and choose which type of application you wish to fill out.Domestic Applicants
New Graduate Students:If you are new to the graduate programs, please follow these steps.
After you have applied to the EIU Graduate School, you will be notified by email the availability of Master of Science in Chemistry program application in MyEIU.
You will need the following to apply to the Chemistry Department:
For full admission to the program, official transcripts must document a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (or a 2.75 grade point average on the last 60 hours of graded academic course work).
Additional details for admission procedures and requirements are available in the online graduate catalog.
For International Students, English proficiency must be documented with a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (or 550 for the paper-based version) or other approved documentation as described in the graduate catalog.
Scores must also be submitted for the general GRE test by all applicants (The Chemistry GRE is not required). There is no formal score required for the GRE, but the scores will be used to inform admission and graduate assistant decisions.
NOTE: While an undergraduate degree in Chemistry is recommended, students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in areas other than chemistry are eligible for admission with the understanding that one or more undergraduate courses (in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) may be necessary. This may add up to an additional two semesters to the time it takes to get your degree.
All incoming graduate students will be given a one-hour cumulative exam in each of the four areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical). Performance on these exams is used to assess each student's need for undergraduate classes to improve his/her background preparation. Additional details on the entrance exam requirements are available here.
Current Graduate Students with Degree Changes If you are already in the graduate program and want to add either the Master of Science degree or a graduate certificate program to your study, submit the form of “Change of Status” to the graduate school. On the form, indicate the program you would like to add. This form is available here.
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.
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!