FAQ for Prospective Students
- What graduate degrees and certificates are available at UIS?
- What are my enrollment options? Can I be a non-degree-seeking student?
- Is there an orientation for newly admitted graduate students?
- What is the cost of graduate study at UIS?
- Are there payment options available?
- What forms of financial support are available?
- Will there be other international students at UIS?
- What is life in Springfield, Illinois like?
- When can I enroll for courses?
- How to I apply to UIS?
- How do I apply for a specific graduate program? See application requirements for individual academic departments.
- How do I register for courses?
- What are the housing options?
FAQ for Current Students
Is it possible to transfer graduate credit from another university and apply it to my degree requirements at UIS?
- UIS may accept up to 12 semester hours of eligible graduate-level work completed at another accredited institution. However, only hours earned with a grade of B or better and accepted by your UIS academic program will be accepted. All transfer credit must be earned within 5 years of the first graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of the degree.
What is the maximum time period allowed for me to finish my Master’s degree at UIS?
- All graduate credit earned at UIS toward a master’s degree must be taken within 6 consecutive years of the first graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of that degree (this does not include transfer credit; however, it does include closure requirements).
Can I switch to a different academic advisor in my department?
- Yes, you can request a new advisor by contacting the chairperson of your academic department.
What are the GPA requirements for a master’s degree at UIS?
- The general policy at UIS is that master’s degree candidates may apply a maximum of 8 credit hours of C grades toward a degree, provided that each hour of C is balanced by an hour of A and an approved petition is filed with the Office of Records and Registration. Credit for courses in which grades below C were earned will not count toward the master’s degree requirements. Students should also consult with their assigned academic advisors about the specific GPA requirements of their degree program.
Where can I pay my student account bill?
- To pay your UIS bill online you must use your enterprise ID and password to log on to the student self-service page. You may also pay your tuition at the Bursar’s Office, located on the lower level of the PAC Building.
Where can I get information about public transportation?
- Information about public transportation is available on the Springfield Department of Mass Transit website.