When you apply to the Graduate School, you'll submit transcripts and a statement of purpose. You'll also provide information regarding letters of recommendation. Check the information page for the graduate program you're interested in for details on additional requirements, such as a writing sample, test score or audition.
To help make the application process as smooth as possible, we encourage you to create an electronic file folder to hold your application materials. When you add a file to the folder, take care to name it appropriately. For example, save your GRE score to a file named "GRE for NIU."
You should upload a transcript and proof of degree from each college and university you've attended (except for community colleges from which you transferred courses for a four-year degree). Completed degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent international recognition. Current or former NIU students do not need to send NIU transcripts if their transcripts are in the NIU portal. However, you may need to provide transcripts from all other colleges attended.
Please note: International students should review additional information about transcripts.
You must provide names and email addresses of referees, people who will write letters of recommendation for you. Letters should describe your academic ability and goals, as well as your ability to succeed in your chosen program. Submit only the number of letters required for your program.
Your statement of purpose, or personal statement, should be approximately 250 to 750 words in length. It should outline your preparation for graduate study in your chosen field, as well as your goals for graduate school and beyond. It should also explain why you believe the program at NIU can best help you meet those goals.
The program you're applying to may require you to submit an unofficial copy of your GRE, GMAT or MAT score.
Please note: International students should review additional information about test scores.
Though not required, you may wish to submit a resume or curriculum vitae. The document should outline your education, work experience and other achievements that show your ability to complete your chosen program.