Am I eligible to apply?

We use a holistic approach in giving careful consideration to all credentials in an application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must have at least 5 years of professional work experience and submit a letter of intent describing how the professional work experience has contributed to your ability to perform in graduate school. We admit on a rolling admission basis, so complete your application for review as early as possible.

General Application Deadlines:

  • April 1, 2019 - Priority deadline for Fall 2019 (August 19 start)
  • May 20, 2019 - Summer 2019 (June 10 start)
  • November 22, 2019 - Spring 2020 (January 6 start)

Health Professions Deadlines:

  • March 15, 2019 - Occupational Therapy deadline for fall 2019 (August 19 start).
  • February 1, 2020 - Athletic Training deadline for summer 2020 (May 26 start)


Start Your Graduate Application

Start Your Graduate Application

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Steps to Apply


Step 1: Start Your Application

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Step 2: Submit Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
    • Transcripts must show an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 during the last (60) hours.
    • Transcripts can be sent electronically to grad@noctrl.edu or by mail to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60540.
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Step 3: Submit Additional Application Materials

  • Statement of purpose that discusses long range goals, interest in the chosen discipline, and the reason(s) for applying to this program. 
  • A current resume that includes educational and employment history, college extracurricular activities, community activities, honors and leadership roles, hobbies and nonacademic interests.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from employers, professors, or others who are able to judge your potential for graduate study.


Step 4: Admissions Interview

  • Applicants may be invited to an admissions interview if deemed necessary by the School of Graduate & Professional Studies.
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School of Graduate and Professional Studies

North Central College graduate students have become ethical and purposeful leaders in local, national, and global contexts. We invite you to join our community of learners that will help you grow professionally and personally to impact the lives of others. 

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