have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program. If your GPA is below 3.0, you must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. A 3.0 GPA is required to hold a graduate assistantship.
submit a current resume
submit a statement describing your career objectives (minimum 750 words, typed and doubled-spaced) addressing the following points:
Why are you interested in pursuing the College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program?
What experiences have you had that prepared you for academic work in the CSPA program?
What are your short and long-range career goals?
How will the CSPA program help you meet those goals?
What qualities and characteristics do you possess that make you a strong candidate for admission to the CSPA program?
submit two letters of reference: One from a faculty member who can speak to your academic accomplishments, and one from a faculty or staff member or supervisor who is familiar with your work ethic and leadership abilities.
The Department may request an interview with the admissions committee before final admissions decisions are made. The program will contact applicants with whom they desire an interview.