Admission Requirements

To apply, begin by filling out an application to the university at Admissions’ Apply Today page, and have your prior universities’ transcripts sent to UIS Admissions. The additional department application materials for Human Services are linked below.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a foundation in the liberal arts. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Some exception can be made and conditional acceptance is granted.

Prerequisite courses are a lifespan development course and a research methods/statistics course.

Applicants will have an opportunity to interview with a faculty advisor prior to the department’s admission decision being made. The faculty member, in addition to answering any questions you may have, will discuss with you the information you have provided on these supplemental application materials: an application to the HMS department (PDF), two completed recommendation forms (PDF) from professional or academic sources, a personal statement (PDF) detailing your reason for seeking admission into the department, and the undergraduate transcripts. A fillable Word doc version of the HMS application is also available.

When filling out both the university application and the department application, please be sure to indicate which one of the four concentrations you are applying to. If you should have any questions prior to or during the admissions process, do not hesitate to contact us directly. For Financial Aid, bookstore, and other important UIS links, see our Links page.

The department admits students on a continuous basis, however;

  • Preference for fall admissions is given to students who have submitted application materials by February 15.
  • Preference for spring admissions is given to students who have submitted application materials by September 15.

Admission to the department is based on academic competence, interest and experience in helping others, and evidence of personal characteristics associated with success when working with people from vulnerable populations.