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EIU Master of Arts in Aging Studies

The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU

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 Aging Studies program. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.

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Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

  1. A minimum of 2.75 grade point average.
    Please note: A cumulative GPA of 2.75 does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the Aging Studies master’s degree program.
  2. Two references:
    • For applicants who have graduated with a degree within the last 2 years, one reference letter should address past academic performance and one letter should address current or recent professional career performance.
    • For applicants who have graduated with a degree more than 2 years ago, at least one reference letter should address current or recent professional career performance and one letter can either address academic OR current or recent professional career performance.
  3. 1-2 page essay:
  1. Describe why you want to study aging studies and why EIU would be a good fit for your interests and professional career goals.
  2. Describe what you perceive to be your academic strengths and weaknesses and how you address your weaknesses.
  1. Your official transcript.

Please fill out the program application through MyEIU:
If you have questions please contact Dr. Kathleen O’Rourke, at

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

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!

Apply for an Assistantship

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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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!

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Master of Arts in Aging Studies

Eastern Illinois University
2010 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6090

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