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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.