Chicago State University
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How to Apply

This web page is designed to help the prospective graduate student to apply for admission online. It is strongly suggested that the applicant print or keep this page active if new to entering data on online forms.

Although the Graduate School continuously accepts applications year-round, it is strongly suggested that the applicant meet published admission deadlines. Late applications are automatically transferred to the next upcoming term without notice to the student.

Instructions for Applying Online

Step 1: Apply online.

To apply online click the button,   

  1. Create a new account by selecting "First time user account creation".
  2. Create a login ID and a 6-digit password.

Returning Users: If the applicant forgets or loses the Login ID or 6-Digit Password, please contact the Graduate School Administrator at 773.995.2404 or email at graduateprograms@csu.edu to reset the Login ID and Password.

Step 2: Select your application.

To apply for admissions, select the application type. The following Graduate online applications are currently available:

  1. Application Graduate Admissions: this Application type is for both " New Admission and Transfer Admission" and can be used by U.S Citizens, Permanent Residents, Asylum Refugee, Veterans and Undocumented applicants.
  2. Application Graduate International Admissions: this Application type is for both " New Admission and Transfer Admission " and can be used by Non-US Citizen international applicants.
  3. Application Graduate-at-Large: this application type can be used by all Non-Degree Seeking Applicants.

Step 3: Select your term of enrollment.

Select the term of admission and complete the application form.
(If the term is not available, the deadline has probably passed for the term indicated or applications are not being accepted at this time.  For more information please Contact the Graduate School Administrator at 773.995.2404 or email at graduateprograms@csu.edu).

Step 4: Confirmation Page.

After selecting  "agree to the terms", the application will be submitted and a "Confirmation Page"  is generated with complete information about the checklist of documents and how to proceed next. The applicant can also see the checklist of documents information on the application summary page in the online account.

Step 5 : How to Pay Application Fee.

  1. Applicant should Pay Online once after submitting the application online.  Click on the "Pay Graduate Application Fee" in the confirmation Page. If the applicant needs to pay later, see "Pay Graduate Application Fee" button in the Application summary page when logging back into the account.
  2. Send a check or money order to:

Office of Graduate & Professional Studies
Chicago State University
9501 S King Dr., ADM 200
Chicago, IL 60628

Be cautious and do not make payment more than once, as no refunds will be issued. Please note, applications will not be processed without payment.

Step 6:Documents Required.

  1. Resume
  2. Statement of Purpose (An essay describing your interest in the program).
  3. Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions/colleges/universities attended.\
    1. The official transcript must be either sent directly from each university (through www.escript.com, www.parchment.com or www.studentclearinghouse.com) or must be placed in a sealed envelope and signed by the university registrar.  Unofficial transcripts are not accepted. An official transcript is not required for Chicago State University earned credits.
    2. A Course by Course evaluation of all foreign educational credentials (transcripts) is required and must be reported directly to the university by any of the following and/or professional evaluation service agencies: Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Educational Service (WES).

Click on the link for  Additional Requirements By Program

Graduate Application Forms can be accessed by clicking the link Graduate Application Forms

Step 7:Where to send the Documents.

Office of Graduate & Professional Studies
Chicago State University
9501 S King Dr., ADM 200 
Chicago, IL 60628.

Please Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 773.995.2404 or by Email: graduateprograms@csu.edu if you have any questions.