- A minimum2.75 grade point average.
- Please note: A cumulative GPA of 2.75 does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the gerontology master’s degree program.
- A completed graduate school application, which can be obtained here.
*The fee for the application goes to the Graduate School.
- Three letters of support, two of which must addressacademic performance.
- Please note the letters must be mailed directly to Dr. Jacquelyn Frank from the person you are obtaining them from. Letters mailed in by prospective students will not be accepted.
- An essay describing why you want to study gerontology and why EIU would be a good fit for your interests.
- An essay outlining what you perceive to be your academic strengths and weaknesses. You should also describe the ways you address your weaknesses.
- Your official transcript.
- An interview, either over the phone or in person, which takes place after receipt of completed application and all supported documents.
- Allow four to six weeks following the interview for notification of our decision regarding your admission.
Please mail letters of support and essays directly to the gerontology program coordinator:
Jacquelyn Frank, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Master of Arts in Gerontology
Eastern Illinois University
2056 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920
When sending in forms, on a separate piece of paper please indicate if you are also applying for a Graduate Assistantship.
Graduate Assistantship Requirements - If you are applying to the program and applying for a Graduate Assistantship, all forms turned in will be used for both but MUST be in by the Graduate Assistantship deadlines. You must also submit an online application on the Graduate School webpage for an Assistantship. If you are a current graduate student in the Gerontology program, you must submit the following materials:
Submit an online application on the Graduate School Webpage for an Assistantship
- One letter of support from a professor at Eastern who can attest to your academic perfomance and abilities.
- Resume or Vita
*Remember your letter of support must be mailed directly to Dr. Jacquelyn Frank.
Application and Graduate Assistantship Deadlines
The gerontology program coordinator must receive all application materials by the following dates:
- March 1for Summer or Fall semester enrollment.
- Feb. 10 to be considered for Fall graduate assistantship.
- Oct. 1 for Spring semester enrollment and graduate assistantship