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The Graduate Admissions Office has temporarily been relocated to the Undergraduate Admissions Office on the first floor and will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

You're seeking an intellectual challenge and are prepared to put in the work. GSU's broad range of advanced study positions you for success. We are committed to supporting students navigating their graduate careers during this challenging time. Though we are working remotely, we have made ourselves and our resources available online. Make a virtual appointment when you're ready. We're here to help you succeed.

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Master's Degree Requirements


All applicants must:

  • have earned (or will have earned by the term they wish to enroll) a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
  • have been in good standing at the last institution attended,
  • have satisfied collegial and/or major criteria, if applicable, for graduate study in a specific major
  • submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (demonstrating a fulfillment of the above three items) to the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment.

A non-refundable $50 application fee is required at the time of application.

International applicants are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Visit
to search for an evaluation service provider.

School officials may send official documentation in one of two ways:

U.S. Mail:
Governors State University
Admission Processing
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484


Remember: Your application is not complete until official transcript(s) from all of your previously attended institutions have been received.

Document Retention

Please note that all documents submitted to Governors State University for admission purposes become the property of the university. Documents will not be released to students nor will they be forwarded to other educational institutions or agencies.

Important Program Application Deadlines


The following programs have specific application deadlines. If you do not see your intended program below, please contact for more information.

Graduate Programs
Addictions StudiesJuly 30th for Fall, Nov. 20th for Spring, & April 15th for Summer
Communication, Media, and PerformanceAug. 1st for Fall & Dec. 1st for Spring
Communication DisordersJan. 15th
Counseling/Clinical Mental Health CounselingFeb. 15th for Fall & Aug. 15th for Spring
Health AdministrationMay 1st for Fall & Nov. 15th for Spring
NursingMay 1st for Fall & Oct. 1st for Spring
Occupational TherapyOct. 31st for Summer Admission Only
PsychologyMarch 15th for Fall
Political and Social Justice StudiesJune 1st for Fall & Nov. 1st for Spring
Social WorkFeb. 1st, 2020 for Advanced Standing Program & March 1st for Full M.S.W. Program
School Psychology - Education Specialist DegreeFebruary 15th for Fall
Doctoral Programs
Counselor Education and SupervisionJan. 15th for Fall
Interdisciplinary LeadershipApril 15th for Fall
Nursing PracticeMarch 1st for Fall
Physical TherapyOct. 15th for Summer Admission Only
Occupational TherapyOct. 1st for Summer Admission Only

Master's Degree Program Supplemental Materials


The programs listed below require the submission of supplemental materials. The academic catalog should also be consulted for your program of interest.

If you are applying to one of the following Master's degree programs, please follow the admission procedures included in the program's supplemental admission materials as well as the instructions/guidelines outlined for your program of interest.

College of Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice
Master of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging
Political and Justice Studies
Public Administration  

College of Business
Business Administration
Business Analytics
Human Resource Management

College of Education
Educational Administration
School Psychology-Education Specialist Degree

College of Health and Human Services
Communication Disorders
Health Administration
Occupational Therapy
Social Work  

Doctoral Degree Requirements


Governors State University's doctoral programs have varied requirements for admission: check the GSU Catalog here for specific admission requirements, application forms, deadlines, and required materials.

All applicants must submit a nonrefundable application fee. Application fees may vary by Program.

Additional Graduate Studies Requirements


GMAT/GRE and other test scores (when applicable): The school code for GMAT/GRE scores is 1263.

Credentials Evaluation: If you have completed course work outside of the United States, a course-by-course credential evaluation by a NACES member will be required. Visit to search for an evaluation service provider.

Admission Decision


Evaluation and Processing
All application materials must be in by the deadline or your application will not be reviewed. Please check with your academic program for a timeline of the admission process. You will be notified by US Mail once a decision has been made.

Letter of Admission Decision
After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions with your admission decision.