Academics

Graduate Admission

Admission for traditional programs and cohort programs may be granted for fall, spring or summer semesters. Ordinarily, all documents relating to admission must be submitted to Concordia University Chicago’s Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services at least two weeks prior to the term in which a student intends to take classes.

Application forms and additional information are available from Concordia University Chicago’s Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services, 7400 Augusta Street, [Room AD 158], River Forest, Illinois 60305-1499; or by phone: (708) 209-4093. Application materials also are available on the Concordia website at CUChicago.edu/admission/graduate.

Procedure for Admission

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to a master’s program, applicants must:

• Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

• Submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admission including an objective statement of the applicant’s goals in pursuing the graduate degree.

• Forward to the Office of Graduate Admission one official, sealed transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned. Any international transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service, such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

• Submit two letters of recommendation. If possible, one should be from a college or university instructor. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the following:

—academic proficiency,

—personal character,

—competence and effectiveness in professional work.

• Have at least 12 credit hours at the undergraduate level in a discipline appropriate to the program of application.

• Show evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program by the following:

Full Admission: To be considered for full admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Provisional Admission: To be considered for provisional admission, candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites (e.g. coursework in progress or proof of a teaching certificate). They must complete the additional admission requirements by the end of their first semester of enrollment to be changed from provisional status to full status. Candidates who are unable to satisfy the additional admission requirements will remain on provisional status and be barred from future registration for coursework.

Probationary Admission: To be considered for probationary admission, candidates will present one or more of the following special conditions:

1) A cumulative grade point average between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale);

2) Have a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0; and/or

3) Credentials/documents that cause some reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework within their first semester of enrollment to be changed from probationary status to full admission status. Probationary candidates who do not achieve a GPA of 3.0 in their first semester of graduate work at Concordia will be dismissed from the University.

Depending on program of study, students may be required to take additional tests such as the Graduate Record Exam, Miller Analogies Test and/or the Illinois Basic Skills Test. A writing sample, essay, FBI fingerprint criminal background check, valid teaching certificate and/or interview may also be required to determine what may be necessary for a student to qualify for a graduate program.

Post-Master’s Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to a post-master’s certification or CAS program an applicant must:

• Have a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

• Submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services, including an objective statement of the applicant’s goals in pursuing the program.

• Forward to the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services one official, sealed transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned.

• Submit two letters of recommendation. If possible one should be from a college or university instructor. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the following:

—academic proficiency,

—personal character,

—competence and effectiveness in professional work.

Superintendent Endorsement Admission Requirement

In addition to the post-master’s requirements listed above, to be considered for the Superintendent Endorsement, applicants must:

• Have a Type 75 General Administrative Principals Certificate

• Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.50

• Have a minimum of two years of supervisory or administrative experience.

Doctoral Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Education program occurs prior to initiation of coursework. The number of students admitted will be limited to ensure quality of program and dissertation advising.

Admission Criteria:

Applicants who are successful in their application for admission for entrance into the doctoral program will meet the following criteria:

1. Master’s degree with a minimum 3.50 GPA.

2. A completed Doctor of Education Application for Admission.

3. Submission of rationale statement, including personal goals for applying for admission to the program.

4. Submission of official transcripts of all previous credits.

5. Current Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores (test taken within the prior three years).

6. Letters of recommendation from two persons qualified to comment upon the applicant’s potential for
doctoral study.

7. At least two years of successful teaching/administrative experience.

Once the admission file is completed and initially reviewed, qualified applicants will complete an extemporaneous writing sample followed by a personal interview with an admission committee. Admission recommendations are submitted from the admission committee to the Dean of the College of Education, who will then make the final admission decision and communicate the decision to the candidate. The admission committee may establish an admission “waiting list” if necessary. Students admitted should consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for additional program information.

Students who are applying for admission to the doctoral program are precluded from enrolling in any courses which meet doctoral program requirements until the student has been admitted to the program.

NOTE: The Graduate Admission Committee reserves the right to request additional information or documentation deemed helpful in evaluating applicants for admission.

Pending Status

Students applying for admission to a post-baccalaureate program, master’s program, post-master’s program or for a Certificate of Advanced Studies may be accepted on ‘Pending Status’ if all the required documentation has not been received at the time the student wishes to register for courses. Students admitted under ‘Pending Status’ may register for courses in their initial term of admission only. To register in subsequent terms, such students must be unconditionally admitted to the graduate program for which they have applied. Students under ‘Pending Status’ are not eligible for any form of financial assistance from the University and are not assigned an academic advisor. Doctoral students and international students are not eligible for pending status.

Upon regular admission:

• The appropriate Dean will assign a faculty advisor.

• The program must be approved by the Teacher Certification Officer if state teacher certification or
endorsement is required.

Cohort Program

Many of Concordia University Chicago’s graduate programs are offered in cohort formats that feature predetermined courses and locations. Students in a cohort proceed through the instructional sequence with the same group of learners who, generally form a strong, collaborative learning community. Typically, classes meet one night a week.

International Student Admission

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to meet all admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required to be considered for admission:

A score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) for graduate studies on the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) unless English is the native language, and a qualified recommendation from an ELS program director is given. (International students who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States of America need not submit TOEFL scores.)

• Official transcripts from EACH college/university attended showing all college/university coursework with certified English translations of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language. Also, any international transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

• A certified document guaranteeing adequate financial support for at least the student’s first year of study and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding from the same or an equally dependable source, for subsequent years.

• A physical exam, adequate medical insurance, and proof of immunization are required prior to enrollment.

International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program in order to enroll. All documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services at least three months prior to the expected date of entry. I-20 forms may be issued only after University acceptance is granted and will remain in effect only for students who continue to make satisfactory progress as full-time students in an accepted University program. The program length may vary for each student.

Guest Graduate Admission Requirements

A guest graduate is a student not seeking a specific program or degree. International students may not register under guest status.

To be considered for admission as a guest graduate a student must:

• Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution; and

• Submit a graduate admission application to the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services.

• Consult with the Director about course selection.

Admission Denials

Appeal Procedures

Individuals denied admission may appeal. The procedure for appealing an admission decision is to submit a letter of appeal to the Director of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services. In addition to the letter of appeal, individuals may submit supporting documents such as additional letter(s) of recommendation and/or transcripts from current Concordia University Chicago course(s) (if applicable). The readmission file will be presented to the appropriate Dean who, in consultation with the Department Chair and Program Coordinator, will render a decision. All appeals must be made within 60 days of the date of denial.

Attendance Policy

No new registration will be accepted from candidates denied admission. Students currently enrolled in class(es) at the time of the admission decision will not be dropped automatically and may remain in class(es) for that term. If a student wishes to drop class(es), a request must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office or by fax to 708-209-3176. The drop and refund policy will be in effect according to the date the drop request is received by the Registrar’s Office.