Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
General Information for Master's Degree
Graduate Education – Master’s
Statement of Purpose
A graduate student should develop intellectual autonomy within a
chosen field and demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and
evaluate relevant knowledge. The graduate student, furthermore,
assumes some responsibility for increasing knowledge within the
Graduate education assumes the acquisition of specific content
knowledge, including recognition of the significant terminology,
facts, theories, issues, findings, and generalizations within the
field of study. Graduate study also encompasses comprehension of the
intellectual history, methods of inquiry, and standards of judgment
used in a given field.
Students should also grasp the ethical meanings of research in a
discipline or a profession. A student receiving a master’s degree
will be able to:
1. Analyze ideas in a logical manner by breaking down
material into constituent parts, organizing ideas and relationships
between ideas, expressing these relationships, recognizing unstated
assumptions, distinguishing facts from hypotheses, and
distinguishing statements of cause from statements of effect;
2. Synthesize diverse ideas to form an integrated whole
relevant to a field of study by arranging and combining elements and
parts into patterns or structures. The parts to be integrated may,
to the extent necessary, come from a variety of disciplines;
3. Make judgments about the value of relevant material,
including the appropriateness and adequacy of any qualitative and
quantitative methods used in its compilation, by employing a
standard of internal or external appraisal. In evaluating the
accuracy of a communication, a student will use an integration of
theories, works of recognized excellence, facts and generalizations
germane to a field; and
4. Convey ideas, feelings, and experiences through scholarly
writing and discussion with others. The student will be able to
develop a proposal or plan of work that includes ways of testing
hypotheses, analyzing the factors involved, modifying the hypotheses
based on new factors or considerations, and then making
generalizations based on findings. The student will then have the
ability to communicate both this process and subsequent findings to
Graduate Admission – Master’s
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally
accredited college or university are eligible to apply for admission
to master’s-level study at UIS. Full admission to master’s studies
may be granted to those who earned a baccalaureate degree with an
undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
Applicants must also have met all entrance requirements specific to
the chosen UIS program; some programs require higher grade-point
averages and/or prerequisites. Refer to the individual programs for
information on specific requirements.
Conditional admission may be granted to students with lesser
GPAs. Conditionally admitted students must complete a certain number
of semester hours at UIS (exclusive of prerequisites) with a
grade-point average of no less than 3.00. The program will specify
which courses must be completed.
All college/university transcripts, including verification of the
bachelor’s degree and transcripts of all graduate work taken beyond
the bachelor’s degree must be submitted.
To receive maximum consideration for graduate admission,
applications should arrive at least three months before the
beginning of the term in which the student plans to start course
work. Some academic programs have earlier deadlines.
Write to the Office of Admissions, University of Illinois at
Springfield, One University Plaza, MS UHB 1080, Springfield, IL
62703-5407 to request an application form, or apply online at
www.uis.edu. Call (217) 206-4847 or toll free number (888)
Admission to a Specific Master’s Program
Admission to graduate study is granted by the academic program.
Each program has established admission requirements that comply with
campus policy; these requirements may exceed the general minimum
requirements for admission. Some graduate programs require scores
from the Graduate Record Exam or the Graduate Management Admission
Test. Applications are processed by both the degree program and UIS.
Students are encouraged to check graduate program application
Admission for International Students seeking Master’s Degrees
To be admitted to graduate study, international students must have
completed the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree earned in the United
States; bachelor’s degrees earned abroad may or may not meet this
requirement. Full admission to graduate study requires a minimum
undergraduate grade-point average equivalent to a U.S. GPA of 2.50
on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must also have met all entrance
requirements specified by their chosen UIS degree program. An I-20
AB or DS 2019 (formerly called IAP 66) certificate of eligibility
cannot be issued until the student has been accepted by a degree
program and all required documents have been received.
International students seeking admission to the University of
Illinois at Springfield are encouraged to apply as early as
possible. The deadline for application to the Graduate Assistantship
and Graduate Public Service Internship programs is March 15. In
order to be considered for a graduate assistant or graduate public
service internship, students must already be admitted to a UIS
graduate program. Therefore, international students who want to be
considered for a graduate assistantship or graduate public service
internship are encouraged to apply for admission into a UIS graduate
program at least nine months prior to the March 15th deadline.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree may enroll for courses at UIS
as a non-degree seeking graduate student. These students will be
asked to define their educational goals before exceeding 12 semester
hours. Non-degree students who choose to become degree candidates
must complete regular admissions procedures, including acceptance
into the chosen degree program.
When formal admission is granted, the course work completed as a
non-degree seeking student is evaluated by the intended academic
program and may or may not apply toward that program’s graduation
requirements. UIS accepts a maximum of 12 semester hours of such
credit toward a graduate degree. A non-degree declaration form must
be on file for continued enrollment as a non-degree student beyond
12 hours. Non-degree students typically are not eligible for
Financial Assistance for Master’s
The UIS Office of Financial Assistance coordinates federal,
state, institutional, and private financial aid programs for all
students. Assistance is available in the form of grants, tuition
waivers, assistantships, scholarships, loans, part‑time employment,
and veterans' benefits. For detailed information, see the “Financial
Aid” section of this catalog.
Programs specifically available for master’s degree students
include General Graduate Assistantships, the Illinois
Legislative Staff Intern Program, the Graduate Public Service
Internship Program, the Whitney M. Young Fellowship Program,
and Public Affairs Reporting Scholarships (for PAR
students only). See the "Financial Aid" section of this catalog.
Master’s Degree General Information
Master’s Degree Programs & Areas of Study
UIS offers the following master’s degree programs.
Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Computer Science (M.S.)
Educational Leadership (M.A.)
Environmental Sciences (M.S.)
Environmental Studies (M.A.)
Human Development Counseling (M.A.)
Human Services (M.A.)
Individual Option (M.A.)
Legal Studies (M.A.)
Management Information Systems (M.S.)
Political Studies (M.A.)
Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Public Affairs Reporting (M.A.)
Public Health (M.P.H.)
Teacher Leadership (M.A.)
Graduate Certificates and Professional Development Sequences
represent courses of study that constitute less than a full graduate
degree and provide specialized knowledge and skills for the
professional. UIS currently offers certificates in public sector
labor relations, law for social workers and human service
professionals, legal aspects of education, systems security,
information assurance, environmental risk assessment, management of
nonprofit organizations, educational leadership advanced
certificate, and alcohol and substance abuse. A related curricular
option for those seeking to enhance professional skills at the
graduate level is the professional development sequence in
Students admitted to certificate and professional sequence study
must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) and complete an
application process through the Office of Admissions. It is also
possible to pursue a certificate as a post-master’s option.
Admission decisions, advising, and certification of completion are
provided by the faculty members who supervise the certificates.
Course prerequisites may be waived if the student can present
evidence of advanced career experience. Proficiency examination,
transfer, and credit for prior learning experience may not be
permitted because of the limited number of courses required and the
need for course content to logically integrate.
General Requirements: Master’s Degree
To earn a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at
Springfield, students must:
* Earn the amount of graduate credit required by the
chosen academic program, all but 12 semester hours of which must be
earned at UIS.
* When applicable, earn a minimum of four semester hours
credit in public affairs colloquia (see individual program
* Complete course work with a cumulative UIS grade-point
average of at least 3.00.
* Complete the program closure requirements.
* Complete the graduation contract.
* Pay a graduation fee of $25 (subject to change).
Master’s degree candidates are required to complete a closure
exercise demonstrating mastery of some area within their major field
of study. The exact nature and format of these exercises – including
theses, projects, and capstone courses – are determined by
individual programs, but all of them must have an identifiable
academic focus and must include a written component.
UIS has a continuing enrollment policy which states
that once the student begins a closure exercise, he or she must
continue to enroll in the closure exercise each fall and spring
semester until the exercise is complete, including semesters in
which the student “stops out” of other courses. If the degree
program grants a leave of absence, the student will be exempt from
this requirement on a semester-by-semester basis.
Graduate Internships and Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is an integral part of graduate education at
UIS. Internships are offered through the Graduate Public Service
Internship Program as well as many academic programs. Additional
information may be obtained from program faculty. UIS also provides
a variety of paid internship opportunities in Illinois government
agencies and on campus, as well as graduate assistantships. (See the
"Financial Assistance" section of this catalog for additional
Research at the University of Illinois at Springfield
Conventional research opportunities are available to students in
most academic programs. In addition, UIS offers unique opportunities
for applied research through its public affairs centers where
emphasis is on coordinated, interdisciplinary approaches to problem
solving, training, and communication.
UIS cooperates with neighboring universities in meeting their
doctoral students’ needs for research and residency in the
All graduate credit earned at UIS to be applied toward the
completion of a master’s degree must be taken within six consecutive
years of the first graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of that
degree. This does not include transfer credit earned before the
first term of graduate enrollment, credit granted for prior
learning, and prerequisites; however, it does include closure
requirements. Exceptions may be granted by degree programs on a
case-by-case basis, and programs may also grant leaves of absence.
Transfer Credit at the Master’s Level
Residency Requirement UIS may accept up to 12 semester hours of
graduate-level work completed at other accredited institutions.
However, only hours earned with a grade of B or better and accepted
by the program will also be accepted by UIS. Request to transfer
credit for courses bearing a grade such as P (pass) or CR (credit)
must be supported by certification from the institution or
instructor that the work was of at least B quality.
Time Limit on Transfer Credit All transfer credit to be
applied to a master’s degree must have been earned within five years
of the first graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of that degree.
Exceptions may be granted by programs on a case-by-case basis.