2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Graduate Admission and Student Services

Phone: 708-209-4093 
Email: grad.admission@cuchicago.edu
Located: AD 158
Website: www.cuchicago.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs

Concordia University Chicago is a Lutheran, Christian university with academic programs based in the liberal arts. The University considers candidates for admission who demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a program of study. Candidates must exhibit attitudes, values and character that will positively contribute to the University’s mission and environment.

Admission for traditional and cohort programs may be granted for fall, spring or summer semesters. Generally, all documents relating to admission must be submitted to Concordia University Chicago’s Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services at least two weeks prior to the term in which a student intends to take classes. International students have earlier deadlines.  See the International Admission section of this catalog as well as the CUC graduate admission website for specific program application deadlines.

Procedure for Admission

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to a master’s program, applicants must:

  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Submit an online application to the Office of Graduate Admission including an objective statement of the applicant’s goals in pursuing the graduate degree. The online application may be found at:  https://capp.cuchicago.edu/graduate/apply/.
  • Forward to the Office of Graduate Admission one official, sealed or electronic transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned. Any international transcript must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. WES (World Education Services) and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) are the acceptable foreign transcript evaluators used by Concordia University Chicago for international transcript evaluation. Electronic official transcripts are preferred; please send to grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. If possible, one should be from a college or university instructor. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the following:
    • academic proficiency,
    • personal character,
    • competence and effectiveness in professional work.
  • Show evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program for the following:
    • Full Admission: To be considered for full admission, candidates will present a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.
    • Provisional Admission: To be considered for provisional admission, candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites (e.g. coursework in progress or proof of a teaching certificate, final transcript with degree posted). Students must complete the additional admission requirements by the end of their first semester of enrollment to remain eligible in the program.
    • Probationary Admission: To be considered for probationary admission, candidates will present one or more of the following special conditions:
  1. A cumulative grade-point average between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale);
  2. Have an earned master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0; and/or
  3. Credentials/documents that cause some reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework within their first semester of enrollment to remain eligible in the program. Probationary candidates who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their first semester of graduate work at Concordia University Chicago may not continue in the graduate program.
  4. Depending on program of study, students may be required to take additional tests such as the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test.  A writing sample, essay, FBI fingerprint criminal background check, valid teaching license and/or interview may also be required to determine what may be necessary for a student to qualify for a graduate program.

Post-Master’s Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to a post-master’s certification program, an applicant must:

  • Have an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Submit an online application to the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services, including an objective statement of the applicant’s goals in pursuing the program.  The online application may be found at:  https://capp.cuchicago.edu/graduate/apply/.
  • Forward to the Office of Graduate Admission one official, sealed or electronic transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned. Any international transcript must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. WES (World Education Services) and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) are the acceptable foreign transcript evaluators used by Concordia University Chicago for international transcript evaluation. Electronic official transcripts are preferred; please send to: grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. If possible one should be from a college or university instructor. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the following:
    • academic proficiency,
    • personal character,
    • competence and effectiveness in professional work.

Ed.S. Admission Requirements

Provisional Admission requirements to Concordia University Chicago:

  • Evidence of a regionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree, with a minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Completed online application including an objective statement of the applicant’s goals in pursuing the Ed.S degree.  The online application may be found at:  https://capp.cuchicago.edu/graduate/apply/.
  • Submission of one official, sealed or electronic transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned. Any international transcript must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. WES (World Education Services) and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) are the acceptable foreign transcript evaluators used by Concordia University Chicago for international transcript evaluation. Electronic official transcripts are preferred; please send to: grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.
  • Hold a valid and current Professional Educator License (PEL - Illinois) endorsed in general administrative, principal, chief school business official or director of special education, or PreAL (Oregon).
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s academic potential, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work. 

Full Admission for students pursuing the Illinois program is granted after the first semester upon successful completion of:

  • EDL-7111 Strategies of Educational Leadership for the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement
  • EDL-7260 School/District Improvement Using Data Analysis
  • Teacher Evaluator – Growth for Learning Modules 1-5 (PERA) or two Administrative Academies
  • Faculty Interview

Doctoral Program Admission Requirements – Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy

Full admission to the Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy programs must occur prior to initiation of coursework.

Applicants who are successful in their application for admission for entrance into the doctoral program will meet the following criteria:

  1. Earned master’s degree with a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA.
  2. A completed Doctoral Online Application for Admission.  The online application may be found at:  https://capp.cuchicago.edu/graduate/apply/.
  3. Submission of objective statement, including personal goals for applying for admission to the program.
  4. Forward to the Office of Graduate Admission one official, sealed or electronic transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned. Any international transcript must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. WES (World Education Services) and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) are the acceptable foreign transcript evaluators used by Concordia University Chicago for international transcript evaluation. Electronic official transcripts are preferred; please send to: grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.
  5. Current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores (test taken within the prior three years).
  6. Letters of recommendation from two persons qualified to comment upon the applicant’s potential for doctoral study.
  7. At least two years of successful teaching/administrative experience for education doctoral programs (only).
  8. Copy of resumé
  9. Writing sample (from master’s program, no more than 5 pages).

Doctoral Program Admission Requirements – Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Admission to the Doctor of Business Administration program must occur prior to initiation of coursework.

Applicants who are successful in their application for admission for entrance into the doctoral program will meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • A completed online Doctoral Application for Admission 
  • Submission of rationale statement. Capture your goals and ambition for pursuing the Doctorate in Business Administration in approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced, using proper grammar, professional writing style, and correct paragraph composition. This is not your resumé; it is an opportunity for you to present who you are, and how your academic and professional background has prepared you to pursue the DBA.        
  • Submission of one official, sealed or electronic transcript from EACH college or university from which a degree was earned. Any international transcript must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. WES (World Education Services) and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) are the acceptable foreign transcript evaluators used by Concordia University Chicago for international transcript evaluation. Electronic official transcripts are preferred; please send to: grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success in a doctorate program:
    • 1 professional recommendation
    • 1 academic recommendation
  • Past experience: 5 years of professional experience is recommended.
  • Resumé

Once a student’s admission file is completed, Concordia University Chicago’s admission committee will review the file and notify the student of an admission decision via email. The admission committee may establish an admission “waiting list” if necessary. Students admitted should consult with their Graduate Program Specialist (GPS) advisor for additional program information.

Students who are applying for admission to the doctoral program are precluded from enrolling in any courses that meet doctoral program requirements until the student has been fully admitted to the program.

Note: The Graduate Admission Committee reserves the right to request additional information or documentation deemed helpful in evaluating applicants for admission.

Pending Status

Students applying for admission to a graduate program may be begin their program on “Pending Status” if all the required documentation has not been received at the time the student wishes to register for courses. Students starting their program under “Pending Status” may register for courses in their initial term of admission only. To register in subsequent terms, such students must be fully admitted to the graduate program for which they have applied. Students under “Pending Status” are not eligible for any form of financial assistance from the University.  Doctoral students, Illinois principal preparation candidates, superintendent licensure candidates and international students are not eligible for pending status.

International Student Admission

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to meet all admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required to be considered for admission:

  • A score of at least 72 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a
  • A minimum Password score of 6.0
  • Successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School (ELS) or certificate of Completion of Program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director. [International students who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or students from an international English-speaking university (in which the lingua franca is English), need not submit English language scores.]
  • Official transcripts from EACH college/university attended showing all college/university coursework with certified English translations of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language. Also, any international transcripts must be evaluated by a CUC-approved international credentialing service such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).  Electronic official transcripts are preferred, sent to: grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.
  • A certified document guaranteeing adequate financial support for at least the student’s first year of study and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding from the same or an equally dependable source, for subsequent years.  Concordia University Chicago will provide the required minimum funding necessary to meet this requirement.

International students must qualify for regular admission (standard or probationary) in order to enroll. All documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services at least six weeks prior to the expected date of entry. I-20 forms may be issued only after University acceptance is granted and will remain in effect only for students who continue to make satisfactory progress as full-time students in an accepted University program. The program length may vary for each student.

Guest Graduate Admission Requirements

A guest graduate is a student wishing to enroll in graduate courses for personal or professional growth, which does not lead to a degree. 

To be considered for admission as a guest graduate, a student must:

  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit an online graduate admission application to the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services.

Once admitted, the guest graduate must consult with the Office of Graduate Admission regarding course selection and availability.

Admission Denials

Appeal Procedures

  • Individuals denied admission may appeal by submitting a letter of appeal addressed to the Director of Graduate Admission and Student Services via email at grad.admission@cuchicago.edu.  In addition to the letter of appeal, individuals may submit supporting documents.
  • All appeals will be finalized and the student notified within 14 days of receipt of the appeal.

Attendance Policy

Students currently enrolled in class/s at the time of the admission decision will not be dropped automatically and may remain in class/s for that term and earn graduate credit for passed courses. If a student wishes to drop a class/s, a request must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services by email (grad.admission@cuchicago.edu) or by fax to 708-209-3454. The drop and refund policy will be in effect according to the date the drop request is received.  No new registration will be accepted from candidates denied admission. 

Cohort Program

Most of Concordia University Chicago’s graduate programs are offered in a cohort format that features predetermined courses and locations. Students in a cohort proceed through their courses in a predetermined sequence which must be followed through to graduation. Students benefit from the instructional sequence with the same group of learners, who generally form a strong, collaborative learning community. Students who remain and follow the order of courses receive a guaranteed tuition rate not to increase over the span of the student’s study as long as the student remains enrolled continuously.  Face to face cohort classes meet one night per week.  Online cohort classes are offered in an asynchronous format.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to graduate students with exceptional academic records. Generally, students best suited for graduate assistantships have strong academic records, a strong work ethic and plan to accelerate their degree program. Assignments are based on several factors, including requests by faculty and staff, area of student personal and academic interest and skill, as well as overall fit of the student to the position. Candidates for assistantships must:

  • Apply for admission to the Office of Graduate Admission,
  • Be admitted to the University into a degree program,
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours in the Fall or Spring semesters at Concordia University Chicago while serving as a graduate assistant.

The graduate assistant position consists of up to 19 hours of work each week. Compensation varies per position within a campus department. Graduate Assistants work in various positions including supporting various campus offices, assisting in the early childhood center, and coordinating activities under the supervision of a specific department chair or division, among other activities.

Information regarding initial application for graduate assistantships is available through the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services.