Graduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants


Application Deadlines

We admit on a rolling admission basis, so complete your application for review as early as possible.

Education, MBA, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership Application

  • August 20, 2018 - Fall 2018 (September start) 
  • November 16, 2018 - Winter 2019 (January start)
  • February 22, 2019 - Spring 2019 (March start)
  • May 20, 2019 - Summer 2019 (June start)

Occupational Therapy Application

  • March 15, 2019 - Fall 2019 (August start)
North Central College Admissions

Admission and Application Process

North Central College School of Graduate and Professional Studies seeks master's-level candidates who possess academic, professional and personal qualities.

  • The online application is for Education, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, MBA, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership applicants.
  • Occupational Therapy applicants apply through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Admission Requirements

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. 

Submit the following credentials in addition to any individual program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of earning a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate study.
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, professors, or others who are able to judge your potential for graduate study in the academic field.
  • 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
  • Admissions interview if deemed necessary by the School of Graduate & Professional Studies. 

Application materials can be sent to:

School of Graduate and Professional Studies
North Central College
30 N. Brainard Street | Naperville, IL 60540


For Master of Arts in Education applicants

Master of Arts in Education - Additional Materials

In addition to the application materials above, Master of Arts in Education applicants must also submit the following:

  • A copy of your current teaching license.
  • A letter from your district's personnel office indicating the length of your teaching experience.
  • If you are applying to the Educational Leadership & Administration Program, you would need to submit two professional letters of recommendation.  Complete the first page of the form and submit it to the Office of Graduate Admission. Send the second page to both of your references.

Occupational Therapy applicants must apply through OTCAS.

Occupational Therapy Application

Applicants for the Master of Occupational Therapy apply through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please review the how to apply section of the Occupational Therapy website for admission requirements.


International students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission.

International Students

If you are not a United States citizen and/or graduated from a college or university in a country other than the United States, you must also submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Official course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts by WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). This must be sent directly to North Central College by WES or ECE to be considered official.
  • Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants for Fall 2015 and later must have a minimum TOEFL score of at least 80 IBT / 550 PBT or IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher. Conditional admission may be offered to students who score below the minimum required TOEFL / IELTS scores if all other requirements for admission are met. If conditionally admitted, students will be required to enroll in the English Language Institute until acceptable language proficiency is demonstrated.

International students are advised to apply at least 60 days before the term begins. Students who are currently not in the United States may need to allow additional time.