How to Apply

Graduate Students

We try to make the application process as simple - and friendly - as possible. If you have questions along the way, please contact the School for Professional Studies. The preferred application deadline is May 1 for fall semester.

To apply for admission to graduate study, submit the following to the School for Professional Studies:

  • Your current resume.
  • Your scores on the GRE for those applying to the Master of Arts in Industrial / Organizational Psychology taken within the last five years.
  • Transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions you have attended.
  • Recommendations from three persons who can comment on the quality of your communication skills and on your ability to successfully complete graduate study
  • A 1,000-word statement of purpose, describing the personal and professional goals that you intend to meet by completing a graduate program. MBA students must respond differently as instructed on the application and described on the MBA program sheet.

Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students

Step 1

Complete all sections of the online application. Please remember to use proper capitalization and do not type in all upper case or lower case letters. Send your completed application to the School for Professional Studies by using the "Submit Application" button at the bottom of the page.

Step 2

Request an official transcript from the registrar of the college or university where you earned a bachelor’s degree and have it mailed to the Elmhurst College School for Professional Studies or sent electronically to sps@elmhurst.edu. If you are currently enrolled at a college level institution, please arrange to have the registrar forward an additional official transcript at the end of the semester or term (final transcript).

Step 3

Submit a current resume documenting your work history. Please provide enough detail to document levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional training experiences. Please submit the resume electronically to sps@elmhurst.edu.

Step 4

Check specific graduate program for any additional requirements.


Accelerated Students

For both fall and spring terms, application review continues until all spaces are filled. Admission decisions are made on a rolling-basis and there is no fee to apply. Applicants are notified as soon as all required credentials are received and reviewed.

Step 1

Complete all sections of the online application. Please remember to use proper capitalization and do not type in all upper case or lower case letters. Send your completed application to the School for Professional Studies by using the "Submit Application" button at the bottom of the page.

Step 2

Request an official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended and have it mailed to the Elmhurst College School for Professional Studies or sent electronically to sps@elmhurst.edu. If you are currently enrolled at a college level institution, please arrange to have the registrar forward an additional official transcript at the end of the semester or term (final transcript).

If you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa at your currently enrolled institution, please ask that your PTK membership is indicated on your official transcript. If your institution does not do this, please send a copy of your PTK certificate electronically to sps@elmhurst.edu or via fax to (630) 617-6471.

Step 3

Submit your official high school transcript to verify high school graduation and foreign language completion if you are under 24 years of age. If your high school submits transcripts electronically, please have the registrar send them to sps@elmhurst.edu. Students who already have a bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement. Admission decisions are based on college-level work alone for applicants who have completed 30 or more semester hours (45 quarter hours) of college credit.


GIS Certificate and Graduate Certificate Students

At this time the College cannot offer financial aid for these programs, therefore transcripts are not required for admission.


Elmhurst College Commitments

Elmhurst College honors the College's connection to the United Church of Christ and is committed to and embraces cultural diversity and mutual respect among all persons. Elmhurst welcomes and affirms all persons with respect to race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, faith perspective, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identities, and gender expressions into the full life of the College.