The Graduate School
- National recognition for innovation in promoting success in graduate study. Learn more about this award here.
- April's annual Graduate Exposition Distinguished Student Awards Ceremony featured the Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars — reflecting the highest ideals of the engaged graduate student.
- The Graduate School proudly presents Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards as part of its annual awards ceremony.
John Anderson, M.S. in Biological Sciences, received this year's Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Mentored by Michael Menze, Ph.D., Anderson authored Desiccation Tolerance in Insect Cells.
- Eastern Illinois University continues to prepare more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois. Full story here.
- EIU's Board of Trustees recently approved a new graduate degree: the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy. Learn more about this proposed degree here.
- The Graduate School supports community engagement. The advisory council's recent book drive is just one example of the philanthropic activities taken on by EIU graduate students.
Since 1951, Eastern Illinois University has been committed to advancing the professional and personal lives of our students by providing graduate degree programs and graduate courses to support rigorous study and professional development.
Graduate study at EIU offers students a favorable faculty-to-student ratio in our 28 master’s degree and specialist’s degree programs as well as our eight certificate programs. Currently, more than 1,300 part-time and full-time graduate students are enrolled, and more than 300 faculty hold graduate faculty status.
Why You Should Pursue Graduate Study at EIU
- Opportunities to conduct research in your field.
- Work closely with accomplished faculty.
- Expand your career opportunities.
- Earn a higher salary:
- the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employees with master's degrees earned 20% more than those with only a bachelor's degree in 2011.
- the report also states that while the average rate of unemployment in 2011 was 7.6%, the rate for those with a bachelor's degree was 4.9% and only 3.6% for those with a master's degree.