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Graduate Admission

Application for graduate study may be made to the Office of Admission on either campus or online. Students are urged to file their application one semester before the semester in which they first plan to enroll; however, the Office of Admission processes applications on a continuous basis. The basic requirements for admission to graduate study for both degree and non-degree-seeking applicants are given below.

  • Complete application for admission, including official transcripts, nonrefundable application fee, and other requested documentation. Undergraduate or former institutions must send all transcripts directly to Roosevelt. All transcripts received by Roosevelt University from other institutions are the property of Roosevelt University and cannot be copied or reused or returned to applicant.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Roosevelt students within six semester hours of receiving a bachelor’s degree may be permit­ted to take graduate-level courses along with their final undergraduate courses. Application is made through the Office of Admission.

  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in all or the last half of the undergraduate program. The College of Education requires a GPA of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate coursework. Students who have a GPA lower than 2.7 but higher than 2.5 may petition for probationary status. Many programs require higher grade point averages for admission.

  • Any additional requirements specific to the individual college, discipline, or program.

  • Proficiency in the English language (See section on international students).

  • Concurrent application to the College of Education by students seeking admission to the EdD program. Separate application to the Department of Psychology for students seeking admission to the PsyD program (students applying to the PsyD Program do not submit the general graduate school application).

  • Applicants seeking admission to the Chicago College of Performing Arts may need to present additional items, including a live audition or portfolio.

Students must comply with college or program entrance requirements. A few programs require specific preparation for graduate course work. A student’s initial or continued enrollment in graduate courses may be conditional on the successful completion of these requirements. Some colleges or programs may review a student’s standing pending the successful completion of specified requirements. In education and counseling, for example, students are evaluated during the first semester of study. Students must consult the college and program sections of this catalog and consult with a program advisor to comply with specific admission requirements and to determine conditions of continued enrollment.

Change of program

Students are admitted to a specific program and must reapply if they wish to change their program. All students who have been admitted to a specific program for graduate study must contact the graduate advisor in that college or program, for approval of a program of studies. Change of Program forms are available on both campuses in the Admission Office and the Registrar’s Office; the forms may also be downloaded from the University’s website.


All graduate students who have been absent for three consecutive semesters (excluding the summer) must submit a Readmission Application to the Office of the Registrar and contact their graduate advisor for readmission to the college program. International students must seek readmission through the international student advisor. No fee is charged for readmis­sion. When program requirements have changed, requirements in effect at the time of readmission apply. Masters programs require completion within six years unless exception is formally approved by specific program.

Admission status

Regular: a degree-seeking student whose application is complete and who meets all admis­sion standards of the specific graduate program. All regular graduate students are assigned a program advisor, and all programs of study must be approved by the program advisor.

Probationary: a degree-seeking student who does not fully meet the admission requirements of the specific college or program to which he/she has applied. A probationary student may be recommended for regular student status by the graduate advisor upon completion of two graduate courses at Roosevelt University with grades of B or higher  and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, provided the student has met program requirements for continued enrollment. Some colleges do not accept probationary students. Check indi­vidual college admission requirements for details.

Student-at-large: a non-degree-seeking student who is admissible and wishes to pursue a limited course of study rather than a graduate degree. Non-degree status for some colleges or programs requires grade point average compliance and prior permission of the dean of the college and/or the program advisor. Students may apply no more than nine (9) total hours of credit earned while in at-large status toward a degree; approval of applicable hours, which vary by academic program, is required by a graduate advisor after a student’s admission to degree study. Check individual college admission requirements for details.

A student who is pursuing a graduate degree at another college or university may be admit­ted to do a limited amount of graduate work at Roosevelt upon the written recommendation of the dean of the home institution.

Incomplete Admission: a degree or non-degree student whose admission file is not complete at the time of application; admission is for one term only. The student will be eligible to register for future terms only when the file is complete.

Transfer credit

Up to six semester hours in 30-semester-hour programs and up to nine semester hours in longer programs may be accepted for transfer credit with the approval of the program advi­sor. Students in the Department of Psychology’s PsyD Program may transfer up to 27 credits. Students should request acceptance of transfer credits during their first advising appoint­ment. Transfer credits may not be accepted after the first semester of study at Roosevelt University.

Eligibility for transfer depends on the conditions given below. Students must consult the graduate advisor in their program about additional requirements.

  • Credit was for graduate-level courses taken at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Courses were passed with grades of A or B.
  • Courses were taken less than six years before the semester in which the Roosevelt degree is to be granted.
  • Course credit was not applied toward any other degree.

Course work at other institutions

Once enrolled as a graduate student at Roosevelt, a student must get permission of the program advisor before taking course work at another university for transfer to Roosevelt.

International students and students with foreign credentials

Roosevelt University is approved by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to admit individuals of nonimmigrant status to programs of study. The applica­tion, academic records, financial affidavits, and other required information must be on file with International Admission by June 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. To be considered for admission to graduate study, an international applicant must have completed, with satisfactory grades, the equivalent of a United States bachelor’s degree. Applicants should check with their specific college or program for additional requirements specific to that area, which may include a course-by-course evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators.

A complete application packet is available from the Office of International Programs, Roos­evelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605, USA, or from our website at Prospective students must comply with all of the requirements listed below.

  • Complete an International Graduate Application for Admission and return it with a US $35.00 non-refundable application fee.

  • All official/certified transcripts.

  • One page statement of purpose describing educational and professional goals, and interest in studying at Roosevelt University. Additional items may be required by specific programs.

  • For international (F-1) students who are in the U.S. and those who wish to apply for a F-1 visa to come to the U.S., please submit affidavit(s) of support and proof of funding from yourself and/or your sponsor(s).

Additional information about orientation program, English placement testing dates, and Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) will be sent to the student when the admission committee approves the application.

In order to maintain their academic status at the University, graduate international students must fulfill the same requirements as domestic students. In order to maintain F-l or J-l status with U.S. immigration regulations, international graduate students must take at least nine credit hours per semester. United States immigration law applicable to the admission, transfer, work authorization, and continuing presence of students as nonimmigrants is very complex and subject to constant modification. All questions about privileges and require­ments should be referred to an International Student Advisor, (312) 341-3531.

Citizens or permanent residents with foreign academic credentials apply directly to the Office of Admission. Students must demonstrate proficiency in English in order to undertake graduate studies and may need to submit their foreign credentials to Educational Credential Evaluators for official evaluation.

English prof‍iciency

An English proficiency test, such as TOEFL, is not required for admission to Roosevelt University; however, proficiency in English must be demonstrated before academic work in any of the five colleges of the University may be taken. A non-native English speaker can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Submitting standardized test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum scores required on the TOEFL are 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) along with 4.5 or higher on the essay score of TOEFL, or 80 (Internet based) with a mini­mum of 22 on the writing section. Minimum scores required on the IELTS are 6.5 on both the overall band and academic writing sections.

  • Taking the Roosevelt University ELP placement test. Depending on the results from this exam, a student may be required to take English language courses before begin­ning academic work.

  • Completing 30 or more semester credit hours, including the equivalent to Roos­evelt’s English 101 and 102, at a North American college or university in which English is the language of instruction. (ESL classes are not included).

  • Completing four consecutive years of secondary education in a North American high school in which English is the language of instruction.

  • Completion of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree.

English Language Program (ELP)

For students who need additional language training, the English Language Program (ELP) offers a carefully planned series of courses designed to prepare non-native speakers of Eng­lish for study in an American university. The complete program covers a period of at least three semesters including summer. The beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in each of four areas — conversation, grammar, reading, and writing — place progressive em­phasis on the use of English for academic purposes. Three hours of undergraduate tuition is charged for each ELP course. For a complete description of ELP courses, see Roosevelt’s undergraduate catalog.