As an international student, you may be admitted to the SIU Graduate School only by applying directly to a particular degree program. "Nondeclared" or nondegree admission is not available to international students.
The Graduate School Catalog will list our programs and course descriptions.
Please choose your major carefully from the list of programs, as some departments offer more than one degree at the Master's level. All application materials must be submitted to the department. In order to apply to more than one degree program, you will need to submit separate applications, application fees, and all other application materials to EACH department.
While the Graduate School in general does not have an application deadline, many departments do. Please contact your department directly for application deadlines and to see if applications are only accepted for certain semesters.
Each department sets their own admission requirements. Please contact your department directly for assistance. Once you are enrolled as a graduate student, you are required to maintain an overall "B" average (3.0) in your graduate credit coursework to remain in good academic standing.
All departments require a $65 nonrefundable application fee. This must be paid by credit card at the time you submit the online application.
Who is an “International” applicant?
International students are defined as "non-immigrant" visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes or take online courses virtually from anywhere in the world. Dual-citizenship individuals that are a citizen of the U.S. and another country would apply as a Domestic student.
What is an “official” transcript, English Proficiency score, and GRE score?
Official means the transcript is sent directly from the registrar of your school to the SIUC Registrar's Office at email@example.com or to the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept an electronic transcript, or a hard copy can be mailed to us. We will accept an original transcript delivered in the original sealed, never-opened envelope from the institution only as official.
Official transcripts are required for a newly admitted student to register for classes in the 2nd term. Prior to 1st term registration, an “in progress” or “partial” official degree transcript is required from the Registrar's Office. Prior to 2nd term registration, a final official transcript showing degree conferred is required from the Registrar's Office. We may need one or more official undergraduate transfer transcripts as well – this additional requirement would be stated in the conditions of admission in your welcome email.Official English Proficiency scores are to be sent directly to the SIUC Graduate School electronically at email@example.com. A hard copy can be mailed directly to the SIUC Graduate School also.
SIUC students do not have to provide official SIUC transcripts. We review official SIUC transcripts through our secure record system.
Unofficial transcripts and English Proficiency scores are used by the Graduate School to calculate your GPA. Documents you upload to your application are considered unofficial.
Official GRE scores are scores that are sent directly from ETS to the academic program or to the Graduate School. Official GRE scores are REQUIRED before admission to be considered for the Alternative High Acheiver Tuition Rate. For more information on the rate, please CLICK HERE .
To be eligible to be considered for admission to a graduate degree program, you must meet the following minimum Graduate School requirements:
Proof of Funds:
International applicants must affirm that they are responsible for paying all tuition, fees and living expenses for the entire period of the intended study program. Applicants must document the estimated full cost of the first academic year of study, following admission, before the university can issue a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) for F-1 or J-1 visa issuance. Students being offered a Graduate Assistantship will require confirmation of the offer from their hiring unit.
For more information, please refer to the Affidavit of Support Information & Form. Submission of this form and proof of financial sources will be required for financial clearance.
For admission to a Master's program:
- 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
- 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)
For admission to a Ph.D. program:
- 3.0 on all previous graduate-level coursework (approximately a "B+" average) (some exceptions apply)
The English language requirement may be met by submitting:
- 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
- 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
- 6.5 on the IELTS
- 105 on the Duolingo English Exam
- 5.0 on the iTep Academic Plus Exam
- C1 required on the Cambridge English Exam
Some programs require a higher score and some require a specific test rather than accepting every test listed. Please check with the academic program directly to verify their requirements.
The English language requirement may be waived if:
- An applicant was awarded a Master's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States and has been in residence in the United States continuously prior to application to SIU (not out of the country for more than one calendar year).
- You have a minimum of 60 graded (A, B, C) hours of recent coursework completed at an accredited college/university in the United States with continuous residence in the United States prior to application at SIU. Pass / Fail, Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory, or Proficiency credit is not acceptable.
- Here is a current list of countries and territories that are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: EXEMPT LIST.
Please note: English language requirements vary according to individual situations. What will satisfy the requirement is always determined by the Graduate School Admissions Office, not the program. Please include a photocopy of your TOEFL/IELTS Examinee score report with your program application materials.
Submit Official Documents
- All final, official transcripts from all institutions that were attended. Degrees must be conferred/awarded on the transcript. Diploma/Degree Certificate showing the degree received is also accepted. Third-party evaluations, such as WES, can be used for initial review, but final, official transcripts must be provided to the Graduate School prior to registering for the second term. Important: Third-party evaluations, such as WES reports, are not considered final, official transcripts.
- Official English Proficiency and testing scoresheets directly from the service, e.g., TOEFL, GRE (if required by the program), IELTS, etc., must be provided to the Graduate School prior to registering for the first term.
- Official GRE scores are scores that are sent directly from ETS to the academic program or to the Graduate School. Official GRE scores are REQUIRED before admission to be considered for the Alternative High Acheiver Tuition Rate. For more information on the rate, please CLICK HERE .
Application processing times vary greatly according to the program. Some degree programs with very selective admission procedures may require that you apply 9 months to a year in advance in order to be considered, while others may require a much shorter period of time. To ensure adequate time for consideration of your application and for consideration for funding, apply well in advance of your desired starting date. Nine months to a year is not too early to apply, especially if you are hoping to obtain funding from your program.For more information, call 618-536-7791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.