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Graduate Applicants
With 29 degree and 17 post-baccalaureate certificate programs, Graduate and Professional Studies meets the needs of graduate and professional education at Chicago State University by building upon the strengths, experiences, and successes of the academic departments and their operations, functions and services with a full continuum of support services for prospective and continuing graduate students.
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Mission

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies provides centralized administrative oversight and support to the colleges and departments administering programs and services to graduate and professional students. We support the University's mission with regard to the provision of a high quality teaching, learning, and research environment for graduate and professional students and graduate faculty.

In practice this means:

  • Advancing the development of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies with regard to students' interests and needed experiences. 
  • Serving as a focal point for the development of new initiatives that benefit the University's short- and long term goals for graduate and professional level programs and services.
  • Providing the administrative process for maintaining appropriate standards and compliance for graduate and professional programs.
  • Promoting a research-based learning environment that provides experiences and knowledge for
  • developing critical analysis skills needed for graduate and professional students.

See our complete list of graduate programs here. 

Full or Regular Admission

To be eligible for admission to master’s degree programs, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an 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 eligible for admission to degree candidacy.

 

Conditional Admission

Prospective students who wish to enroll at Chicago State University by taking a few graduate level courses before committing to a degree program, should apply for admission to CSU as a graduate-at-large student. Only 12 credit hours can be accepted into the program once admitted (9 credit hours from an outside institution). Graduate-at-large student's do not qualify for any financial assistance (loans included).

 

Readmission of Degree/Non Degree

Student's absent from their program of admittance for 2 years or more must apply for readmission. Degree seeking student's applying for readmission must not have exhausted the allotted time for completion of their program.

 

Degree/Certificate Program Admission

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 Graduate School prior to the beginning of the semester or term for which they plan to reenter. If a student is not enrolled for one calendar year 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. The department to which the student was originally admitted must review the returning student's application.

 

Non Degree Admission

Graduate students who have withdrawn from the university in good academic standing (i.e., with a grade point average of 2.0 or better and with all accounts cleared prior to withdrawal) and who wish to re-enroll, should apply to the Graduate School prior to the beginning of the semester or term for which they plan to reenter. No additional fee is required.

 

Application Processing for Degree Students

Completed applications are screened by the Graduate School and applications that meet minimum requirements are then sent to the coordinator of the program to which the applicant is applying. After the departmental review, the graduate advisors inform the Graduate School of their decisions. Notification of admission decisions are not made over the telephone, each applicant will receive a letter informing them of the departments' decisions.

 

Deadlines

Deadlines for application for admission to a degree program are March 15th for the fall semester (March 1st for Counseling applicants) and October 15th for the spring semester.  Not all programs admit during the spring terms; summer admissions coincides with fall term admission.

 

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all college level institutions ever attended are required. An official transcript is not required for Chicago State University earned credits. Transcripts used for previous admission to the university undergraduate and/or graduate schools may not be reused.


Calculate Your GPA

The last 60 credit hours of the students’ academic record (graduate and undergraduate) are used to calculate the minimum GPA requirement. The Graduate School required minimum GPA for full admission consideration is 3.00 on a scale of A = 4; a GPA of 2.75 is needed for conditional admission. Several programs have more stringent requirements and require additional requisites for admission consideration. Be advised that not all graduate programs admit students conditionally.

 

Calculating your GPA for Admission

All college credit for prospective students is calculated for admission based on the last 60 hours. All grades are to be converted to a 4 - point grading system. Pass/fail, satisfactory, completed credit and similar grades are not to be included in these calculations. Except as already noted, all numerical, alphabetical or equivalent grades are calculated as follows:

•  Multiply quarter credit hours by (.66) to convert to semester credit hours.

•  Multiply the number of semester credit hours for each course by the number of quality or honor points earned, as follows: A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=O.

•  If the applicant attended an institution that assigned quality points to represent + or - grades, the student should not utilize such information in computing the GPA.

•  Divide the total number of quality points by the total number of semester credit hours. The quotient will be your grade point average.

 

Office of Graduate Admissions

9501 South King Drive, Cook Administration, Rm 200
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773.995.2404, Fax: 773.995.3671
Email: graduateprograms@csu.edu

 

Graduate Admissions Staff
Gloria Adams, Admissions & Records Specialist - 773-995-4461
Bobbie Harth, Evaluations   - 773-995-3583
Santosh Pindi, Technology Specialist - 773-995-2282