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EIU Office of International Students and Scholars

Graduate Requirements for Admission

  1. Grade Point Average(GPA): minimum 2.75 out of 4.0. Some graduate degrees have higher GPA requirements. Please check the Graduate Degrees page to see the degree programs with higher requirements.

  2. Official Entrance Examinations (GRE, GMAT, MAT): Some degree programs require entrance examinations. Please refer to the Graduate Degrees page to see the programs that require entrance examinations.

  3. Test of English Language:
    • Score Requirements

      • Paper-Based TOEFL: 550 points

      • Internet-Based TOEFL: 79 points

      • IELTS: 6.5 on the Academic Module

      • MELAB: 77

      • STEP EIKEN: Grade 1

      • iTEP Academic Plus: 5.0 overall assessment

      • Duolingo English Test: 105 points


    • English Proficiency Requirements can be waived under the following circumstances:

      • You have successfully completed 24 semester hours of academic credit from a U.S. college or university, or

      • You have completed Level 112 courses with a Certificate of Proficiency from an ELS Language Center in the U.S., or

      • You have successfully completed two consecutive years of courses in a country where English is the primary language and medium of instruction (within the past two years). For a list of these countries, click here.

      • You have successfully completed Graduate Student English (Level 7) at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

      • You have successfully completed the Proficiency Level, Certificate of Achievement from Kaplan International Colleges.

      • You have successfully completed the Advanced Proficiency Level (APL) at one of The Language Company centers in the United States.

      • You have successfully completed a 500 Level from the Intensive English Institute. 

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Contact Information

Office of International Students and Scholars

2170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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