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Admission Information

If you are seeking admission to the PhD in Health Sciences program, you must first be admitted to the Graduate School. Northern Illinois University's Graduate Catalog specifies the requirements for admission to the Graduate School including such criteria as:

  • Required GPA 
  • Language test requirements (IELTS and TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English

It is your responsibility to know and meet the criteria necessary for admission to the Graduate School.

If you have earned a graduate degree with at least a GPA of 3.50 from an accredited institution, you may be exempt from taking and/or turning in GRE scores. To request to have your GRE scores waived, please submit the GRE waiver form to the College of Health and Human Sciences.

You should also have:

  • Obtained an entry level graduate degree from the health sciences or related fields
    • The Admissions Committee will consider applications from individuals of non-health science backgrounds such as sociology, history and biology
  • Coursework or work experience in the following areas: medical terminology, research methods and health care systems

You are required to submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation*
  • A personal statement of interest which should include a discussion of 
    • the doctoral program's interface with your career goals
    • potential area(s) or research interest you would like to pursue
    • how the inter-professional (interdisciplinary) focus of the program supports your career goals and research interests

Ready to Apply?

Apply to the Graduate School. The priority consideration deadline for applications is February 1st. The program will continue to accept applications after the February 1st deadline if there is additional space to accommodate new admissions. However, the program cannot assure late applicants full considerations, particularly for offers of funding. The Graduate School's final application deadline for the fall semester is July 15th.

For admission approval, a CHHS faculty member must be identified. Review the list of faculty and research interests to identify those who may serve as potential mentors. If a faculty member agrees, send that update to us.

Interview Process

If you have submitted a completed application and meet the minimum requirements, you may be invited for an interview. If you reside a distance from Northern Illinois University's main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, you may elect to hold your interview through audio/visual distance technologies such as Skype or Blackboard Collaborate.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to postpone the interview due to certain factor (i.e. inclement weather) or to conduct the interview of any or all applicants using distance technologies. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center or a representative of the College of Health and Human Sciences to request accommodations and ensure access to the interview.

*Please note that the Graduate School only requires two letters of recommendation for general admission; however, your application to the PhD in Health Sciences program will be incomplete until three letters are received.