International Admissions

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Admission

Submit the following to complete your application file:

  1. $30 non-refundable application fee. This can be paid online when you submit your application. Students who need to mail a check or money order can select “Pay by Check” at the end of the application process and then submit their application.
  2. A copy of your passport to ensure that we have the correct spelling of your name.
  3. Official transcripts or mark sheets and degree certificates from all universities (post-secondary schools) attended sent directly from the institution to International Admissions. If these are not in English, an official word for word English translation must be submitted with the original documents.  For some countries, we require a WES ICAP evaluation.  Contact our office to find out if this is required for your country.
  4. Some departments require the GRE or GMAT. Check the departmental admissions requirements in the Graduate Catalog for your specific program TOEFL requirement:  73 iBT; or IELTS requirement:  6.0  UNLESS otherwise indicated for specific graduate programs. For departmental specific English language proficiency requirements review the Department Requirements for Admission to Graduate Programs
  5. If you are admitted, you will need to provide evidence that you can pay for your first year of study by submitting a bank statement or scholarship letter. If you are not the account owner listed on the bank statement, you must also submit the Affidavit of Support signed by your sponsor.

Graduate Student Admission Requirements

  • Hold a degree comparable to a recognized U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a combined GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all college courses attempted; or have a 3.0 or higher GPA for the last two years of undergraduate work attempted. All marks and scores will be converted to a 4.0 grading scale. Some departments have a higher GPA requirement. You should check the departmental admissions requirements in the Graduate Catalog for your specific program.
  • Proof of English proficiency for admission to academics. If you do not meet English proficiency, you will be required to complete the WESL program before entering academics.

You do not have to submit proof of English proficiency if you met the following criteria within two years of starting matriculation date at WIU:

  • Successfully complete a bachelor’s degree from an American institution with four years in residence.
  • Successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at an institution where English is the native language (not just the language of instruction).

Applications are reviewed in the order that they are completed. You should allow at least four to five weeks after we have received all of your supporting documents to process your application file, plus additional time for the department to notify us of their decision. Once we have an admission decision, you will be notified of your next steps at the email address on your application.