Graduate Studies

 University Services and Special Programs (excerpted from 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog)

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 Alumni Association

All Western Illinois University students automatically become members of the Alumni Association the day they graduate. As non-dues-paying members, they are entitled to the following benefits and services provided by the Alumni Association: free monthly issues of the alumni e-newsletter, RockeNews; free issues of the Western alumni magazine; networking opportunities with other alumni and friends of WIU at more than 50 events hosted by the Alumni Association around the world each year; the option to purchase an alumni membership to the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center; use of Western’s Leslie F. Malpass Library; access to WIU’s Career Development Center; access to our medical insurance exchange, disability, dental, vision, term life, travel, and Nationwide home and auto and other insurance opportunities; Alumni Travel Abroad programs; alumni class ring, diploma frame, and WIU Illinois license plate programs; WIU debit card; 21 scholarships awarded each year to children and grandchildren of alumni; access to the online directory exclusively for WIU alumni; and regular updates on all that is WIU.

Follow the Alumni Association on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat (

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association strives to develop and sustain lifelong relationships with students, alumni, and friends in order to advance the mission of the University.

For information about these services, visit or contact the Alumni Association at (309) 298-1914 or


Western Illinois University provides opportunities for more than 400 student-athletes in a 19-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. Both the men and women compete in the Summit League in all sports except football. Football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Western Illinois University is a charter member of the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

WIU sponsors the following intercollegiate athletic competition:

For men: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

For women: Basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers graduate assistantships in coaching, promotions and marketing, athletic training, strength and conditioning, compliance, and athletic communications. Possibilities exist to assist in the administrative areas of finance, compliance, graphic design, and the Leatherneck Club.

 Campus Recreation

Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center
(309) 298-1228

Campus Recreation provides students with life-enhancing, recreational opportunities through the promotion of active lifestyle, personal growth, and experiential learning. We provide life balance with recreation.

Spencer Student Recreation Center features:

  • Multipurpose gym courts
  • Elevated track
  • Fitness studios
  • Olympic strength room and weight rooms
  • Cardio areas
  • Aquatics Center with pool, aqua climbing wall, hot tub, and sauna

Campus Recreation offers:

  • Intramural Sports (leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-ed categories)
  • Sport Clubs
  • Fitness classes
  • Rec Event programming

Other outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Basketball, volleyball (sand and grass), tennis courts, and disc golf
  • Flag football, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee fields on Vince Grady Field

Harry Mussatto Golf Course
1215 Tower Road, Macomb
(309) 298-3676

The scenic and challenging 18-hole Harry Mussatto Golf Course, a championship facility located north of campus, offers reduced rates for students and is open to the public.Visit for the course layout, green fees, and special offers. To book a tee time, call (309) 298-3676.

 Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies administers and coordinates activities and programs designed to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding, as well as to prepare graduates to effectively live and work in an interdependent, global community. The Center oversees study abroad programs; personal counseling for international students; comprehensive orientation for new international students; recruitment; educational programs; special activity programming; and ongoing support for the specific needs of international students.

The University participates in formal exchange programs—for both faculty and students—with distinguished colleges and universities overseas. An ongoing program of intensive courses in ESL is offered by Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute for non-native English speakers.

The Center sponsors many programs that promote cross-cultural understanding, such as the Conversation Partners program for international students and American partners; International Neighbors program, in which American families offer friendship and hospitality to international students; Cultural Connections, in which global issues are discussed in a social setting; and Cultural Cafés, where international students share cuisine and information from their home countries.

Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) on the Macomb campus provides personal counseling to currently enrolled students. Some students seek assistance for common life problems (i.e. relationships, stress, etc.), while others seek treatment for a mental health condition (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.). Counseling services include individual counseling, group counseling, and relaxation skills training. Sessions are confidential and free of charge to currently enrolled WIU students. In addition, a number of educational programs are offered throughout the year, and an education resource library is available. A relaxation room, which includes a massage chair and a stress-reducing computer program, is accessible for student use. Consultation services are available for students, family, faculty, and staff.

The UCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. All staff counselors hold master or doctoral level degrees and are certified and/or licensed in their respective disciplines. For more information, call (309) 298-2453 or visit

 Cultural Programs

Outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance events by nationally known performers are presented on campus by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board. All students are admitted free or at a reasonable charge upon presenting their student identification cards. Students may also participate in musical, dramatic, and debate productions for stage, radio, and closed-circuit television by joining one of several University groups. Opportunities to view local, national, and international art exhibits are available at the University Art Gallery and the University Union. These exhibits change monthly, and admission to the galleries is free.

A variety of diverse multicultural services provided at the Multicultural Center include: facilitated dialogues; cultural and performing arts events; and globally recognized speakers. Several performing student groups in dance, theatre, and music are sponsored by the centers throughout the year. Also see Multicultural Services.

 Go West Transit

Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from their nearby residences to campus and with service to the entire Macomb community. Carrying over 1 million riders a year, Go West provides students with a reliable, fare-free public transportation system. For more information, call (309) 575-3333 or visit

 Medical Services

Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides medical services (consultation and treatment) for students and their spouses or domestic partners. The Health Center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility.

Clinical services include diagnosis and treatment of acute illness/injury; diagnosis of chronic illness with appropriate referral; assistance in the management of chronic illness; immunizations; allergy injections; TB testing; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; physicals; and gynecological services. The Health Center also provides limited psychiatric services.

Fees are charged for office visits and services such as medications, x-rays, allergy shots, immunizations, laboratory tests, and office procedures. Payment is expected at the time of service; services can be charged to a student account or paid for with cash, check, or MasterCard/VISA. Students who carry WIU Student Health Insurance will have their claims automatically filed for reimbursement. Charges will be applied to the student’s University account at the time of services and then reimbursed to the student account if covered. Students will be responsible for any charges remaining after reimbursement. Beu Health Center does not file claims to third party insurance carriers. However, they will provide students with access to the necessary documentation needed for filing claims with outside insurance providers

 Multicultural Services

The Multicultural Center houses the Casa Latina Cultural Center, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. This is the first building on campus constructed to LEED 2.2 Silver criteria, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The building’s design is complete with a grass roof, energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and recyclable materials like bamboo flooring. The centers provide a variety of resources and services, including special facilities and programs to serve the unique needs of Black/African American, Latinx, and students of all gender identities. In addition, the Centers promote gender and racial equity, exploration of intersections of identity, and inclusion through education, support, and advocacy.

Among the variety of diverse multicultural services provided at the Multicultural Center are facilitated dialogues; cultural and performing arts events; social and recreational activities; speakers; recruiting activities; academic support services; and fundraising events for student groups. Several performing groups in dance, theatre, and music are sponsored by the centers throughout the year. At the Multicultural Center, we are passionate about social justice work, intersections of identities, and developing students through education, engagement, and leadership. Also see Cultural Programs.

 Parking Services

The Office of Parking Services provides services related to vehicle usage and control on campus. The office issues parking permits; regulates parking lot use; enforces parking rules and regulations; plans, maintains, and paves parking lots; controls the placement and maintenance of traffic signs; and provides emergency motorist assistance, including battery assists, unlocking cars, emergency gasoline refueling, and inflating tires. All vehicles using campus facilities must have either a permanent or temporary parking permit displayed on the vehicle during specified times, except when the vehicle is parked at a parking meter. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, (309) 298-1921.

 Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety is a multifaceted organization, providing police, safety, and parking services to the community. These services include criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, medical transport and care, fire and crime prevention, safety programs, escort services, key control, motorist assistance, and other miscellaneous activities related to the safety and well-being of University faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. All police officers are fully sworn law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois and have full jurisdiction at the University and in the surrounding county. The office advises Western Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), a student ran organization who operates from 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., Monday – Thursday, and 7:00 p.m. Friday – 7 a.m. Monday. The office also provides safety escorts from one campus location to another, from dusk to dawn, year-round. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, (309) 298-1949, emergency 911.


Students may register for classes using the Student/Alumni Records System (STARS) available at For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, Sherman Hall 110, (309) 298-1891 or

 Student Development and Success Center
Memorial Hall 125; (309) 298-1838 (voice), -1856 (TTY)

The Student Development and Success Center is located in Memorial Hall and combines Career Development, Disability Resources, Health Education, and Student Development into one office that is focused on providing students with the resources to overcome educational challenges.

Career Development Center

The Career Development office offers career guidance to support students, freshman through senior year, and beyond. The office prepares students to market themselves to employers for jobs, internships, and full-time careers. Services include assistance with job searching, career exploration, resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, creating LinkedIn accounts, and transitioning to the workplace. Our office has a Skype room for students to conduct online and telephone interviews with employers. Students and alumni have access to our online Leatherneck Link system to search for jobs and connect with employers. Career exploration and preparation courses are offered each semester for credit. The office has a closet of clothing that students may take if they need professional attire. Career fairs are offered each semester for face-to-face interaction with employers. More information can be found on their website

Disability Resource

Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity. To that end, the Disability Resource office collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate inclusion and ensure accessibility to University programs for students with disabilities. Students experiencing barriers in the academic or physical environment or who are interested in accommodations such as alternative testing arrangements, sign language interpreters, text conversion (i.e., Braille, electronic, enlarged) services, and note-taking assistance should contact the DRC at (309) 298-2512 or More information can be found on their website

Health Education & Wellness

The Office of Health Education & Wellness contributes to the overall responsibility of Western Illinois University for the education of students in the area of lifestyle and behavior that promotes individual as well as community health. Professional staff, graduate assistants and student health peer educators provide a wide variety of wellness outreach programs and services. Outreach programs, as well as individual consultation regarding specific health issues, are available to WIU students. There is no fee for services. More information can be found on their website

Student Development

The Student Development Office provides programs, services, and support to enhance student success, learning, and personal development focusing specifically on college transition. The SDO staff also interacts with family members, University faculty and personnel, and community agencies in assisting students with crisis situations. SDO is the liaison that assists students who experience any trauma due to emergency health or personal problems. In addition, SDO conducts exit interviews for students contemplating a University withdrawal and hears late total University withdrawal appeals for the current term. More information can be found on their website at

 Student Legal Assistance Referral Program

The WIU Student Legal Assistance Referral Program is designed to aid students in navigating the legal system. The WIU Office of the General Counsel administers the referral program and can provide assistance in finding the appropriate attorney to offer legal advice and/or representation.

The Office of the General Counsel does not provide legal advice to students. This referral program is to be used as general information for obtaining an attorney and should not be interpreted as legal advice or a qualified referral service. The Office of the General Counsel is located at Sherman Hall 208 and can be reached at (309) 298-3070 or on the web at

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives
Seal Hall 101; (309) 298-2436

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives (SRRR) strives to support safe, inclusive, and educational learning environments aiding in student success. SRRR informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct and numerous program presentations. Through coordination and management of the conduct review process and retention efforts, Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives endeavors to support Western Illinois University’s core values by reinforcing standards of academic excellence, promoting educational opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, enhancing personal growth of community members, and highlighting the importance of social responsibility while protecting student rights and addressing behavioral problems.

 University Technology

University Technology (uTech) supports computer resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Computers are available for use in most instructional and residential buildings on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Wireless access is available in all academic buildings and in residence halls.

Computer labs are staffed by trained student personnel and are available for student use in Stipes, Horrabin, Memorial, and Morgan halls and at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. Residence hall students in Macomb may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including two 24-hour labs. A full listing of computer lab hours and locations can be found at

Each student is provided a WIU e-mail account, space to create a personal web page, and file storage. Google apps for education and Office 365 accounts are free to all students. Educational discounts are offered on software and computers as a resource to students. WIU Mobile is a free mobile app available for download on Apple and Android devices. The app offers the ability to view important campus resources from the convenience of a mobile device such as a campus map, dining menus, campus directory, news, Western Online, computer lab hours and current events. Information on all uTech related resources can be found at

The uTech Support Center offers general technology support for all students, faculty, and staff. There are multiple options offered by University Technology to receive general technology support including:

  • Walk-in technical support is available in Stipes Hall 126 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (closed from noon – 1 p.m. when classes are not in session)
  • Call (309) 298-TECH
  • Email or
  • Visit Western’s self-help Knowledgebase at

 Western Illinois University Foundation

The WIU Foundation inspires and motivates alumni, friends, faculty, and staff to make an impact on the University through financial support. We help prospective donors envision the direct, meaningful differences they can make in the lives of students and the University community. Private support enables Western Illinois University to enhance educational opportunities for its students and advance its mission of empowering students, faculty, and staff to lead dynamic and diverse communities.

Private support from alumni, faculty and staff, businesses, foundations, and friends has become a necessary part of University operations. Over the years, the WIU Foundation has provided millions of dollars in gifts, grants, and endowment-generated earnings in support of the University.

The effect of these gifts is clearly visible in every aspect of university life, every day, on both campuses. The WIU Foundation’s fundraising efforts are focused on Western’s commitment to providing accessible, high quality educational programs and financial support for our students.

For more information, or to make a gift, visit

 Western’s English as a Second Language Institute

Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute is part of the Center for International Studies and provides an intensive program in academic English for international students who are preparing to enter an American college or university. WESL Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The WESL curriculum is designed and taught by professional faculty to prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for success as university students.

The English as a Second Language Program is offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. It consists of three levels of instruction: foundation, intermediate, and university preparation. Upon arrival, students take the WESL Placement Test and are placed in the appropriate level.

Full-time students attend classes a minimum of 20 hours per week. The curriculum integrates academic content with real-life skill building in English, combining textbook lessons and teacher-written materials with opportunities for integrated language practice. WESL has a multimedia computer lab that is used for testing and classroom instruction. Successful students study at each level for a semester. The WESL program consists of two 16-week semesters and a 10-week summer session, all of which follow the WIU academic calendar.

Students at WESL Institute have access to all University events and facilities. Services of the Center for International Studies are available to WESL students, including assistance with immigration matters.

Specific English-language requirements for prospective students can be found under the “Admission of International Students” section.

 Writing Center

The University Writing Center provides a wide range of free, professional and across-the-curriculum writing assistance services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The UWC is staffed by highly qualified graduate and undergraduate student consultants. Consultants assist at all stages of the writing process. For more information, contact (309) 298-2815 or visit