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Domestic Student Admissions


Before an application for admission to a degree-granting program can be submitted, the following items must be uploaded:

  • A statement of purpose
  • Student copy of test scores (GRE, GMAT or MAT). Determine which test, if any, is required by viewing the master's program pages and doctoral program pages. If you are admitted, we must receive official score reports directly from the testing agency. NIU’s GRE code is 1559.

Applicants can submit the application without uploading transcripts. Yet, to complete your application dossier, you must upload transcripts from each college attended. (Applicants need not submit community college transcripts, if the grades they received appear on a university or college transcript). If you are admitted, you will be asked to ensure that we receive official transcripts directly from the institution.

As you complete the application, you will be asked for the names and email addresses of individuals who will write letters of recommendation for you. The master's program pages and doctoral program pages indicate the number of letters required. Letters must be submitted by professional or academic referees who can attest to your suitability for admission to the program. Your referees will receive an electronic invitation to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf; letters must be submitted via CollegeNet.

Some programs require that applicants submit additional materials. Specific information about program requirements, as well as more detailed information about general requirements, is available on program websites.

Generally, applicants must have achieved a 2.75 grade point average to be considered for admission. If you have further questions about test scores or GPA requirements, contact the master's degree program office or doctoral program office.