Application Guidelines for SIUC Applicants
All of the items below can be submitted on the Graduate School Application website. Original transcripts and test scores should still be sent to the department.
- On-line Graduate School Application at gradschool.siu.edu/apply/.
- $65 Non-waivable Application Fee – On-line credit card payment submitted with the Graduate School application.
- Personal/Goals Statement – One or two page description of your professional goals. Include in your statement the following information: Planned field of specialization, if any; type of professional position and career activities you hope to pursue after completing your degree program, relationship between previous training and experience and your goals, how the ER&P program of studies might help you achieve your stated goals.
- Curriculum vita or Resume
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended – Originals in sealed envelopes or photocopies with an original school seal and original signature certified by the Registrar’s Office, Controller of Exams, or a U.S. Educational foundation at the school you are presently attending. Mark sheets stamped by the department professor are not acceptable.
- GRE Report - Institution code 1726, no department code. GRE scores are required for admission to the program, assistantships and fellowships.
International Students also include
- SIU Financial Statement for Graduate International Students (print both sides)
- Copy of Passport page with typed legal name and birth date. The name on your Graduate School application must be the same as it appears on your passport. If you do not have a passport, please send a note explaining why.
- TOEFL Report – The test date should be within 24 months of the proposed term of admission. Minimum scores:
- 550 Paper based
- 213 Computer based
- 80 Internet based
- 6.5 IELTS
International students who have recently completed at least 100 semester hours of graded coursework at an accredited institution in the U.S. will be given the same consideration for admission as a U.S. Citizen, in regard to the use of English as a foreign language. Completion of an intensive English program will not substitute for the TOEFL.
International Students who have completed less than 100 hours of course work in the U.S., but submitted and official TOEFL score meeting the minimum required score to the previous U.S. school when they were admitted there will meet the English language requirement as long as enrollment in the U.S. has been continuous.
Students who have attended SIUC or other U.S. schools, but then returned home for an extended period of time, may be required to retake the TOEFL.
Every applicant is considered for graduate assistantships. For full consideration for fall admission and graduate assistantships submit applications by February 28th. Applications received after March 1st will still be considered for admission and any remaining graduate assistantships. Applications for the spring are due October 15th and only exceptional applicants may be admitted for spring semesters.
Doctoral Fellowships are offered through the Graduate School. Although a student who has not yet completed all steps in the admission process may be nominated, but there must be sufficient documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores — required) to ensure the student is fully admissible into a doctoral program in the Graduate School and fully qualified for the fellowship. The nominee must meet the following eligibility criteria*:1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4) or a grade point average for the last two years of work in the bachelor's degree of 3.5 (A=4);
2. An overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.7 (A=4) or a score in the 75th percentile or higher on a standard test such as the GRE, MAT, GMAT (copy must be attached).
*At least one standardized test score is required for nomination and must be submitted as part of the nomination package regardless of eligibility criteria met.
The deadline for submitting application material for Doctoral Fellowship consideration is January 1st. The requirements and criteria for Doctoral Fellowships can be found at gradschool.siu.edu/cost-aid/fellowships/.
Original transcripts and application material that is not uploaded can be mailed to the department at:
Environmental Resources & Policy PhD Program
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center - Mail Code 4637
405 W Grand Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901