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EIU Graduate School


Thank you for choosing EIU in your pursuit of graduate education! Welcoming applicants from locations across the world, the Graduate School is committed to providing you the support necessary to ensure a smooth admission process.  

International Student Admissions

All international student admissions are processed through the Office of International Students and Scholars. International applicants are advised to contact that office at 217-581-2321 or by emailing

Returning/Previously Admitted Graduate Students

Previously attended or have been admitted to EIU as a graduate student?  Please complete the Graduate Application for Readmission form to be readmitted to the University.

U.S./Domestic Admissions Process

  1. To become a graduate student, you will apply to the Graduate School as well as to a graduate program if you are seeking a degree in a particular discipline.  Need coursework without applying to a graduate program? Please follow the admissions process directions, and when prompted, select "non-degree" on the admission application. 

  2. Begin your journey with the EIU Graduate School, by submitting an online application. Please note: The application requires a $30 non-refundable fee. (McNair Scholars, EIU employees, veterans, and GN4U participants may receive a waiver for the application fee.) 

  3. As part of your application, official transcripts are required. (If you received your undergraduate degree from EIU, the Graduate School will request your transcript from the EIU Records Office.) To be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from your school. Transcripts sent directly from the student cannot be accepted.  Electronic transcripts may be submitted by your school via Parchment/Docufide, Common App and eScript-Safe, or as a .pdf attachment emailed to

    Official paper transcripts may be mailed to:

    The Graduate School
    Eastern Illinois University
    600 Lincoln Avenue
    Charleston, IL 61920

  4. All graduate programs require applicants to submit additional application materials through MyEIU. Additional materials may include a portfolio, letters of recommendation, writing samples, etc. Applicants should check their department's website, or contact the program's graduate coordinator, for additional application requirements in order to be prepared for the program portion of your application.

  5. If you are a current or returning EIU graduate student and wish to change your current/previous degree path to a different one, please submit the change of status form. Reapplying to the Graduate School is not necessary. 

  6. Second Master's Degree: Students may earn a second master's degree at EIU. With approval from the program's Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Committee and the Graduate School Dean, students may apply shared credit course hours toward the second master's degree. See the Graduate Catalog for the second master's degree policy.

Links to the online application, a printable application, change of status form, as well as additional resources can be found in the menu on the left. 

For any other questions not answered here, please phone: 217-581-2220

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The Graduate School

1201 Blair Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6020

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