To be eligible for admission to a doctoral program, individuals must hold the master’s
degree from a regionally accredited college or university and present a record of
prior academic performance that indicates potential for success in a doctoral program.
Applicants with a grade point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.00 scale) of all graduate
work and who satisfy specific departmental requirements are generally recommended
for regular admission.
To be eligible for admission to graduate study, individuals must hold a bachelor’s
degree from a regionally accredited college or university and present a record of
prior academic performance that indicates potential for success in graduate level
studies. Applicants with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.00 scale)
for the final 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate courses and
who satisfy specific departmental criteria are generally recommended for full admission.
Applicants with a grade point average is between 2.75 and 2.99 for the final 60 semester
credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate courses (depending on the program for
which they are applying) may qualify for conditional admission (see, “Conditional
Applicants are expected to have completed a general education program that includes
courses in the natural sciences, biological sciences, mathematics, social sciences,
and the humanities. In addition, programs may have other course prerequisites or admissions
test requirements (e.g., GRE, MAT, etc.), or require additional documentation. A term
of student teaching, a year or more of satisfactory teaching experience, or Initial
or Standard Teacher Certificate is required by some degree programs in education.
Refer to specific degree requirements in the departmental listings for details on
prior student teaching and other prerequisites for individual programs.
Upon admission, each student is assigned by their program to an advisor whose purpose
is to guide the student's progress towards completion of the degree. The official
program of courses is formulated by the student in consultation with the graduate
advisor. This must be done before enrollment in the first semester.
To be eligible for admission for a graduate certificate program, students must hold
a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have a grade point
average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) for the final 60 semester credit hours of
undergraduate and/or graduate courses, and must satisfy specific departmental criteria.
A maximum of two graduate courses (6 semester hours) from another institution can
be transferred into a certificate program. Graduate credits earned in a graduate certificate
program may be applied toward a subsequent master’s degree with specific consent by
Chicago State University is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration
and Naturalization Service to enroll international (non-immigrant) students. In general,
international students must meet the same academic standards for admission that apply
to U.S. citizens. All applicants must provide evidence of their former academic work,
English proficiency, and adequate financial resources.
A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign educational credentials is required and
may be forwarded by any of the following and/or professional evaluation service agencies:
Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE)
PO Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
World Education Services (WES)
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Josef Silny and Associates (USA)
PO Box 248233
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Applicants must submit the following documents: (1) application for admission to a
master’s degree program; (2) a personal data form; 3) notarized CSU declaration and
certification of financial support form; (4) two official transcripts sent directly
from all colleges and universities attended previously (one with an English translation);
(5) a foreign credential evaluation; and, (6) if English is not the native language,
an official copy of scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
International students are requested to have their materials in at least one month
before the admission deadline (2 months are recommended for students needing a visa).
Further information about obtaining a visa can be obtained from the Office of International
English Certification (International)
An applicant whose native language is not English must present a minimum score of
550 on the written test or a minimum score of 213 on the computer test. The score
must be less than two years old prior to the beginning of the academic term for which
admission is desired obtained from Educational Testing Services, Box 995, Princeton,
New Jersey 08540. For TOEFL information, contact www.toefl.org.
Admission to graduate study is a two-tier process. When all necessary documentation
has been received, a preliminary evaluation is done in the School of Graduate and
Professional Studies prior to sending the application to the department to which the
student has applied. These evaluations are performed by departmental staff and they
may take several days. Incomplete applications are not forwarded to the academic departments.
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies evaluation is based on the student’s
prior academic record. If the applicant’s grade point average for the last 60 credit
hours of the undergraduate and/or graduate record is 2.75 or above (for most programs),
the application is sent to the department to evaluate course work that demonstrates
writing and quantitative skills as well as competency in courses relating to the discipline.
After reviewing the completed application, the department forwards a written admission
decision to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies as to whether or not the
student should be admitted to degree status. The School of Graduate and Professional
Studies then notifies the student in writing of the university’s decision. Students
are strongly encouraged to retain their admission letter for future reference. The
term for which the applicant is admitted is stated in the official admission letter
prepared by the Graduate School.
Any applicant who knowingly withholds information or gives false information on an
application for admission or readmission may become ineligible for admission to the
university or may be subject to disciplinary action including expulsion.
Applicants meeting all university admission requirements including the required 3.0
grade point average and all requirements set by the department administering the program
may be granted full admission to degree status. Applicants for Doctoral programs have
only one category of admission: full.
The records of students whose grade point average is between 2.75 and 2.99 (on a 4.00
scale) for the final sixty (semester) credit hours of undergraduate/graduate courses
are reviewed individually for other evidence of potential for success in graduate
study to determine eligibility for conditional admission.
Students who have met the prescribed requirements should contact the Graduate School
and file a written request (Change of Status Form) to have their conditional status
changed. Conditional status may be removed by satisfying all other conditions as set
by the department, e.g. missing prerequisites, submission of final transcript, and
admission to candidacy. Students admitted with grade point averages below 3.0 must
achieve a B average (3.0) in the first nine semester hours of graduate course work,
as prescribed by the department.
Students not meeting the prescribed requirements will lose their conditional admission
status and may not continue in the degree program. The student may choose to continue
non-degree study as a student-at-large or apply for admission to another degree program,
but not in the department in which he or she was conditionally enrolled.
Change of Status (Conditional to Full Admission)
Graduate students who have been conditionally admitted to a degree program at Chicago
State University and who have met the prescribed requirements (conditions) must file
a Change of Status request with the School of Graduate and Professional Studies by
obtaining an approval signature from the graduate advisor of the program to which
the student was admitted. Students not meeting the prescribed requirements will lose
their conditional admission status and may not continue in the degree program. The
responsibility for removal of conditional status rests with the student.
Early Admission (Graduating Seniors)
Chicago State University graduating seniors who will have earned the bachelor’s degree
before enrolling as a graduate or professional student may apply to graduate study
and be considered for early admission. In this case, admission will be held in abeyance
until receipt by the Graduate School of the final transcript (official) showing the
conferral of the bachelor’s degree. Those who do not subsequently receive the bachelor’s
degree will have their admission rescinded and all graduate credit earned will be
Admission to Candidacy
Select academic departments have prescriptions for evaluating a student’s eligibility
for Admission to Candidacy status. Admission to Candidacy is the formal approval for
pursuit of a graduate degree after it is determined that all specified preliminary
requirements have been met. These prescriptions do not include academic deficiencies
of a remedial nature, but are designed as a proving ground for indication of future
success in the program. After having been admitted to graduate study with the objective
of earning an advanced degree, the graduate student must apply for and be admitted
to candidacy for the degree sought. Specific information regarding procedures for
achieving candidacy is available in the academic department administering a graduate
Change of Program
Graduate students who have been formally admitted to a degree program may apply for
a change of program for admission to another graduate program. To apply, interested
students must complete the change of program form from the Graduate School to obtain
a release from the department in which they are currently pursuing a degree. Once
released, the student automatically becomes a graduate-at-large student while the
new application is processed for admission to the new department. There is no guarantee
that the new program will admit the transferring student. The same admission process
and requirements are followed for the transferring applicant as for a new applicant.
No additional application fee is required.
Students are expected to enroll in the term to which they have been admitted. At the
discretion of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the academic department
supervising the degree program, students may defer their initial term of enrollment
for no more than one academic year by submitting a written request directly to the
School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Students will be held accountable under
the policies and procedures in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. The
time to complete the degree will remain in accord with their initial admission date.
There is a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee due at the time of application. Applications
submitted without the admission fee will not be processed. Applications for admission
to the Fall Semester must be submitted by March 15 th (for the counseling program the deadline is March 1). Applications for admission
to the Spring Semester must be submitted by October 15th. International students must
have all their applications completed and submitted at least one month prior to these
deadlines (2 months is recommended for those requiring student visas). It is important
that these deadline dates are met to ensure admission in the appropriate semester.
Applications for admission to a degree program for the summer session are at the discretion
of the department administering the program.
Applicants may choose to enroll for courses as graduate students-at-large while their
applications are pending. Enrollment as a graduate-at-large student (see “Graduate-at-Large,”
below) is in no way a guarantee of future admission to a degree program . Students
choosing to enroll as graduate-at-large status must meet the admission requirements
for non-degree status and are advised that certain admission and enrollment restrictions
Application forms and information about programs and admission are available in the
School of Graduate and Professional Studies or from our web site at http://www.csu.edu/graduateschool/.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
. Transcripts must arrive sealed, display degree earned, completion date, and program
completed, and bear the signature of the school's registrar. It is the student’s responsibility
to ensure that all requested transcripts are received by the published application
deadline. Transcripts previously submitted s to the undergraduate or graduate school
at CSU or the Teacher Certification Office cannot be reused with a new application
process . Additionally, applicants to the following programs must submit two official
copies of all transcripts: School Counseling, General Administration, Special Education,
Reading, and Library Information and Media Studies.
A student may petition to have graduate credit earned at other regionally accredited
colleges and universities, which were not used towards a degree, applied to a degree
program at Chicago State University. Approval is dependent upon the department supervising
the degree program and the graduate dean. For an evaluation of transfer credit taken
prior to admission at CSU, the student must indicate on the application for admission
any transfer credit he or she wishes to have considered. All courses must have been
taken within the time limit for completing the degree program prior to the conferral
of the graduate degree (see Time Limit under “Academic Regulations”). Grades earned
must be at least a “B”. In general, up to nine semester hours from other universities
may be accepted in transfer towards the degree. Some programs, however, accept fewer.
As many as 12 graduate hours taken at CSU may be accepted.
Admitted CSU students who wish to enroll in graduate courses at other universities
must have approval of both the graduate advisor and graduate dean prior to enrollment.
(Secure the appropriate form from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.)
Graduate credit from other accredited universities may be accepted towards a degree
program if the courses for which transfer credit is requested are within a degree
program sequence the student selected at that university. These courses must be comparable
to those taught at CSU. Only graduate courses can be transferred.
Graduate courses used to meet requirements toward a previous graduate degree cannot
be counted toward a second degree. However, courses taken to meet requirements for
a graduate certificate program may be counted toward a degree program later. Likewise,
graduate courses taken as part of a teacher certification program at CSU (but not
an MAT program) may be used to satisfy requirements for a master's degree.
Pursuing Multiple Degrees
Graduate students may not work on two graduate degrees concurrently. Additionally,
students may not apply to more than one graduate program at a time. Graduate courses
that have been used for completion of a prior degree may not be used to satisfy requirements
for a second degree. Students are not required to repeat content in the case of overlap
of previously taken graduate courses; instead, students complete electives in order
to meet semester hour requirements.
Graduate students who have withdrawn from the university in good academic standing
(i.e., with a grade point average of 2.8 or better and with all accounts cleared prior
to withdrawal) and who wish to re-enroll, should apply to the university prior to
the beginning of the semester or term for which they plan to reenter and should return
within six years to the university. Students admitted to a degree or graduate certificate
program must obtain the signature of the academic department supervising the graduate
If a student is not enrolled for two calendar years or more, the student is responsible
for knowing degree requirements in effect at the time of resumption of enrollment.
Exceptions are possible only at departmental discretion. The degree requirements in
effect at the time of resumption of enrollment are the ones to be followed unless
the department grants an exception.
Leave of Absence
A Leave of Absence (LOA) may be granted for graduate students in good academic standing
to take a leave from their degree or graduate certificate program for a specified
period of time. Students normally apply for Leave of Absence status under specific
circumstances. Leave of Absence status indicates a continuing relationship with the
university that allows the student to resume studies after the designated “leave”
period. Since students on leave are not eligible to receive financial support, a LOA
may affect the status of their financial aid. Students are responsible for determining
the requirements of their funding agency and/or academic unit prior to applying for
a Leave of Absence. Leave is not granted retroactively, nor to a student whose registration
is not current or whose time to complete the degree in program has elapsed. Additional
information is available from the department supervising the degree program.
Extension of Time Limits to Complete the Degree
Graduate students, who have not completed their program within the required time limit
(starting from the date of the original admission to graduate study) but are in good
academic standing, should apply to their department for an extension of time prior
to the beginning of the semester in which they plan to re-enter. The student must
file a petition for an extension explaining the circumstances and a plan for completion.
All extensions are voted on by the Graduate and Professional Studies Council. This
extension, if granted, is usually given for a period of one academic year only. Exceptions
are granted by the Graduate and Professional Studies Council.
Students who have not completed their degree and are not in good academic standing
must also apply for reinstatement and an extension of their program.
A graduate student or a graduate-at-large student who has been academically dismissed
may petition for academic reinstatement. Students may be reinstated upon recommendation
of the Graduate Dean and/or Graduate Council and/or the department supervising the
program. Normally, if the student is reinstated, courses that have been completed
will be credited to the degree, and only outstanding degree requirements must be completed.
The start date remains the date of initial entry to the program and the time limit
for completion of the degree is not affected. A student may be reinstated on the recommendation
of the department if:
- the student is in good academic standing;
- any delinquent fees or charges are paid including tuition and continuing fees owing
for the period during which the student did not register;
- the time limit for degree completion, including the sessions in which the student
was not registered, has not expired;
- a student who was required to withdraw for academic reasons is not necessarily eligible
Non-degree admission to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is granted
to those who wish to enroll in courses but do not intend to qualify for a degree.
Students who hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
and who wish to enroll in graduate courses for their own personal enrichment or professional
advancement may do so by completing a short student information form in the School
of Graduate and Professional Studies. There is a nonrefundable $25 application fee.
Applicants for graduate-at-large status must present proof of degree at the time of
application. A maximum of twelve semester hours taken in graduate student-at-large
status at Chicago State University prior to formal admission may be applied to a master’s
degree program at Chicago State University with the approval of the department administering
the program. (Some programs only permit 6 hrs.) Admission on a non-degree basis does
not imply eligibility for matriculation or acceptance in any degree program.
Off-campus (Extension) Services
The Office of Contract and Extension Services is designed to meet the needs of continuing
professional education of adults in off-campus locations throughout the city and state.
The university works cooperatively with other educational institutions, organizations,
agencies and state-supported institutions to serve, particularly, residents of the
South and West suburban areas of Chicago.
Extension opportunities can be scheduled at locations convenient to places of employment
or residence by request to the Division of Continuing Education and Non-Traditional
Degree Programs. For more information, contact the Extension Services Department at
773/995-2214 or via the web at www.csu.edu/ContED/extensionservices.htm.