Admission Requirements for Campus-Based and Online Students


Individuals with Bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply for admission to graduate programs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Full admission to graduate studies may be granted to students who have earned an undergraduate degree and who have met all specific program requirements. Campus-based student must have earned a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Online students must have earned a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Apply for Admission to the LNT Program

STEP 1: Apply to UIS by completing the UIS Graduate Admission Application form, which is available online.  PLEASE follow the university admission process carefully.  You should have your official transcripts sent directly to the UIS Admissions Office.

Important! The application lists two LNT major options, “Liberal and Integrative Studies” and “Online Liberal and Integrative Studies”, so that you may declare your intent to pursue your degree on our campus or online. If you wish to pursue your degree onilne, you must select the online major code.

While the UIS Office of Admissions is receiving and evaluating transcripts and application,  you should submit the following information directly to the LNT program office.

STEP 2 : Submit a two- to three-page statement of your educational goals, background, and your reasons for requesting admission to the Liberal and Integrative Studies program. We will use this statement to assess your writing skills and to assess whether your academic interests are compatible with the resources available at UIS. This statement can be emailed to

STEP 3 : Applicants must provide two letters of reference. These letters should be written by professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional work. Ideal letters will come from professors or instructors who have taught the applicant at the college level, though employers/supervisors are also good choices. Be sure to remind your references of specific accomplishments, academic essays, participation in academic organizations or conferences, languages you have studied, and/or any other factors that will demonstrate your capability of succeeding in a graduate program.

Please send your references to:

Liberal and Integrative Studies Admissions
ATTN: LNT Application Reference for [your name]
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, UHB 3038
Springfield, IL 62703

Admissions Decisions and Notification

Admission decisions are made at the program level. The program’s decision on an individual’s admission will be made only after all of the requested information has been received and, in the case of the UIS Graduate Admissions Application, processed by the UIS Office of Admissions.

The program will begin reviewing complete applications on or shortly after the application deadline and, as space remains, on a rolling basis thereafter. We anticipate admitting 15 students per semester. For this reason, it is wise to apply early.

We will notify candidates in writing whether they have been admitted, are on a waiting list, or if their application has been denied. In addition, admitted students will be immediately notified of their admission by email from the Office of Admission.

Other questions about admissions or UIS can be directed to the Admissions Office.


Please visit Graduate Education website for more information on Financial Support and for Frequently Asked Questions.