Admission Requirements

At Elmhurst College, we try to make the graduate application process as simple—and friendly—as possible.

Each graduate program has specific requirements that must be completed prior to admission. Refer to the program’s webpage for specific admission requirements.

If you have any questions along the way, contact the Office of Admission.

Applying for Graduate Programs

Please submit the following to apply for graduate programs.

  • A completed application – apply online or download a PDF application
  • A current résumé documenting your work history, with enough details to document levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional training experiences
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Request that your official undergraduate (and graduate) transcripts be sent to Elmhurst College
  • Recommendations from three people who can comment on the quality of your communication skills and on your ability to successfully complete graduate study
  • A 1,000-word statement of purpose, describing the personal and professional goals that you intend to meet by completing a graduate program (see MBA website for unique requirements)
    • MBA and MBA Option students must respond differently as instructed on the application and described on the MBA and MBA Option program sheets

Must have been taken within the last five years

Only required for students applying to:

  • Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

Program-Specific Applications

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • An official course-by-course and credential evaluation, in English, by a foreign credentials evaluation agency of all university transcripts as well as original copies of the transcripts/degrees.
  • Proof of English proficiency, as demonstrated by scoring a minimum of 550 (paper)/213 (computer)/79 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 composite on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

If offered admission to a graduate program, international students must submit a Declaration of Certification of Finances form and the tuition prepayment before the Form I-20 will be issued.

Applying as a Non-Degree Graduate Student or for a Graduate Certificate Program

Please submit the following to apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student or for a graduate certificate program.

  • A completed application
  • A current résumé documenting your work history. Provide enough detail to document levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional training experiences.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Request that your official undergraduate (and graduate) transcripts be sent to Elmhurst College.
  • A copy of your Illinois professional educator license (only required for students seeking to earn an IL educator endorsement or approval)

Permission to take courses as a non-degree graduate student must be granted by the program director.

Where to Submit Documents

While most of the application process is online, you also need to send certain documents by mail or email.

Office of Admission
Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Email: transcripts4ec@elmhurst.edu


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