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M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development Admission Requirements

Applying to the Wheaton College Graduate School

Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development at the Wheaton College Graduate School.

Application Deadline Information

International Applicants

The formal application deadline for all international applicants is January 1st.

United States (Citizen, Permanent Resident, National) Applicants

The M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development program will continue to review completed applications after May 15th on a rolling basis. Please note that decisions after the May 15th date are dependent upon registration availability. We encourage following the deadlines below to enhance your application experience.

Early Action Application: Apply by November 15th to receive an admissions decision by December 6th

Priority Application: Apply by January 15th to receive an admissions decision by February 5th

Regular Application: Apply by March 15th to receive an admissions decision by April 6th

Final Application (decisions after this date dependent upon availability)Apply by May 15th to receive an admissions decision by June 1st

Requirements for All Students

  • Bachelor's Degree from an approved institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.80 
  • Official Transcripts from all schools that ever granted you college credit, even just one credit, and even if the credit appears on your bachelor's transcript.
  • E-transcripts highly preferred. They are the fastest, most reliable method of delivery. They must be addressed to nancy.crane@wheaton.edu.
  • Mail hard copies to Nancy Crane, Graduate Admissions, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187.
  • Admission Application
  • Three Online Recommendation Forms      
    • Academic
    • Pastor (or other Christian leader)
    • Professional
  • Option if you do not have an employer: Someone with whom you have had a supervisor-employee relationship, e.g., in a ministry, internship, or missions-trip context.
    • Letters accepted as supplements to Online Recommendation Forms.
  • Essays. Essay questions found in application.
  • Chronological Resume
  • Signed Statement of Faith, Community Covenant, and Statement of Veracity.
  • Application Fee US $30, non-refundable.  

Additional Requirements for International Students 

M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development

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