2019-2020 Elmhurst Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Elmhurst Catalog

Graduate Studies

Elmhurst College offers more than 20 graduate-level degree and certificate programs in a variety of formats, including online, on campus, hybrid and EC Flex. Graduate students at Elmhurst learn the cross-disciplinary skills they need to reach the next level. In partnership with faculty who are accomplished scholars and practitioners, students develop fresh solutions to real-world challenges, practice their skills in real-world projects, and learn to lead in a collaborate world.

Endorsement Programs

  • ESL and Bilingual
  • Special Education (LBS1)
  • Teacher Leader

Advanced Coursework & Approvals in Education

  • Bilingual Special Education Approval
  • Developmental Therapist
  • Early Childhood Special Education Approval

The Cohort Model

Some Elmhurst graduate programs are based on the cohort, or team-focused, model, in which students go through the program together, as members of a cohort group, from the initial term of enrollment to graduation. In this model, students not only complete a master’s degree but also develop team and leadership skills in a supportive community.

The remaining programs are offered in different formats, including on campus, online or in a flexible format. Students consult with the program director each term prior to registration for classes.

Admission to Graduate Study

Graduate programs at Elmhurst College are offered at the master’s level. It is expected that candidates for admission to graduate study at the College were academically successful at the undergraduate level and are now ready to move on to a successful graduate-level experience. Applicants will be reviewed on the basis of profile material submitted. Admission to graduate study will be offered to those students whose profiles reflect the most promise for success at the graduate level and the ability to contribute to, as well as learn from, graduate study.

Graduate admission is housed in the Office of Admission, where dedicated staff serve the specific needs of prospective graduate students.

To receive an application for admission to graduate study, please contact:
Office of Admission
Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3296
(630) 617-3400

Applications may also be submitted online by visiting the College’s website elmhurst.edu/apply

Application materials for the following programs are processed by a centralized application service:

  • Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice

Review the specific program pages for information about applying to these programs.

Qualified applicants for graduate study must provide evidence of good standing at the college or university from which they earned the undergraduate degree.

To apply for graduate admission, please follow these steps:

  • Complete the Application for Admission to Graduate Study.

  • Submit recommendations from three individuals who can comment on the quality of your oral and written communication skills and your ability to be successful in graduate study.

  • Submit a 1,000-word Statement of Purpose describing personal and professional goals that will be met by the completion of a graduate degree. Applicants to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program must respond to a specific question directly related to their field of study and prepare a business writing analysis in response to a specific business scenario. The questions and business scenario are presented on the MBA program sheet and the Application for Admission to Graduate Study, both of which are available from the Office of Admission.

  • Submit a current resume.
  • Applicants to the Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Master of Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders programs must submit GRE scores taken within the past five years.
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Individual graduate programs may have additional application requirements. Refer to the specific program sheet for additional information.
  • International students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency as evidenced by a  minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test. Students may also show English proficiency by scoring 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). World Educational Services is an evaluation agency (www.wes.org). Educational Credential Evaluators is an alternative evaluation agency (www.ece.org).

Transfer of Graduate Credit

In some cases, previously earned graduate coursework may transfer to Elmhurst and may satisfy requirements for an Elmhurst master’s degree. A maximum of two courses or six semester hours of credit may transfer with the approval of the program director

Waivers and Substitutions

The program director will determine waivers and substitutions for undergraduate prerequisite courses. Any deviation from the required course of study as described in the Elmhurst College catalog must be approved by the program director.

Waiting List Policy

Because each graduate program, by design, has a limited number of spaces, admissible students may be placed on a waiting list once the program is fully enrolled. If space becomes available in a program, the program director and the associate director of enrollment services will notify students on the waiting list with regard to admission. Students remaining on the waiting list at the beginning of the Fall Term may be given the opportunity to defer their admission until the next class start. All students with waiting list status will have final notification regarding admission or deferral by August 15.

Conditional Admission to Graduate Study 

Conditional admission requires an applicant to meet one or more conditions before beginning graduate study at Elmhurst College, as outlined in the admission letter. These conditions may include but are not limited to:

  • An applicant is in the final year of undergraduate studies and thus can not produce official transcripts indicating completion of baccalaureate degree.

  • One or more programs-specific prerequisites, including academic courses, have not been satisfied. Official test scores are pending.

Upon review by the appropriate director, if the applicant successfully satisfies the required conditions for admissions, the applicant be will be granted regular admission. If conditions have not been met, the applicant will be denied admission to graduate study but may reapply to the College at a future date.


Contract Admission to Graduate Study

An applicant granted contract admission to graduate study at Elmhurst College is allowed to begin graduate studies. However, one or more conditions must be satisfied during a specific time of attendance. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Earning a specific letter grade(s) in specific course(s)
  • Achieving a specified GPA in graduate coursework
  • Submitting official transcripts from an institution or an official foreign credit evaluation
  • Submitting official proof of English language proficiently as demonstrated through a TOEFL or IELTS examination score
  • For students seeking readmission to graduate study, a specific course may be required to be retaken to earn a specific grade

The appropriate faculty program director will monitor the student’s progress toward satisfying conditions set forth in the contract admission letter for the specified timeframe. If the student has not successfully met the conditions of the admission contract, the student will be withdrawn from the admission contract. Students may seek readmission to the graduate program by reapplying to the College at a future date.

Non-Degree Admission to Graduate Study

Several graduate programs offer non-degree-seeking status to students who wish to enroll in one or more graduate courses without seeking a master’s degree. To apply, submit to the Office of Admission an application for admission to graduate study, a current résumé, and documentation that a bachelor’s degree was earned. The program director may choose to speak with the student by phone or in person before making the admission decision.

Non-degree-seeking students will be permitted to register for graduate courses, on a space-available basis. The non-degree-seeking graduate student will register at the discretion and with the advice of the program director.

Non-degree-seeking students may apply for degree-seeking status at any time by completing the formal application process. Programs vary regarding the amount of non-degree credit that may be applied toward the master’s degree and the time limit to complete the master’s degree. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss these limitations with the program director and to establish an appropriate academic plan.


Tuition for graduate study for the 2019-2020 academic year is based on the program in which the student is enrolled and by the number of semester hours required for that program.

Communication Sciences & Disorders $32,000/year
Early Childhood Education $490/semester hour
Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice $30,000/year
Occupational Therapy $33,000/year
Computer Information Systems $795
Data Science $870
Early Childhood Special Education $490
Geographic Information Systems $795
Industrial/Organizational Psychology $795
MBA $870
Nursing $750
Special Education $490
Supply Chain Management $870
Teacher Leadership $490
Application Development $795
Data Science $870
Enterprise Optimization $870
Geographic Information Systems $795
Human Geography for AP® $490
Market Research $870
Network Administration $795
Project Management $870
Special Education Endorsement $490
Teacher Leadership Endorsement $490
Academic Technology Fee $150

Students are required to either pay their balance in full by the initial due date for a term (the 15th of the month prior to the start of term) or enroll in one of the following payment plans:

Auto-Pay Plan Set up five automatic monthly payments from your checking or savings account. No cost to enroll and no monthly service fees.

Non-Auto Pay Plan Make five monthly payments in one of the following ways:

  • By check through the mail or in person at the Office of Student Financial Services
  • With an online bank transfer through TouchNet Connect
  • Pay online with a credit card through TouchNet Connect (a user fee of 2.85% with a minimum fee of $3.00 is charged by the third-party processor on all credit card transactions).

No cost to enroll and no monthly service fees.

Payments are due on the 15th of each month. A $90 late fee is charged for payments not received on time. Accounts not enrolled on a payment plan and not paid in full will be charged a 1% service fee each month. Payments returned due to insufficient funds will be assessed a $30 NSF fee.

Outside Billing

When a student’s employer or other agency, under its tuition benefit plan, authorizes a billing and will pay the tuition directly to Elmhurst College, service charges relating to the payment will be waived or removed provided the payment is received within six weeks of the beginning of the term.

In order to participate in this program, the student must submit an official letter of authorization or tuition voucher to the Office of Student Financial Services prior to or with registration. The Office of Student Financial Services bills the employer or other funding agency directly.

Elmhurst College reserves the right to qualify the plan or reject applications that lack the appropriate authorization. Information regarding this payment alternative can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services.

Tuition Reimbursement Plan

Some employers offer direct reimbursement of tuition to their employees upon the successful completion of the term. Students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employer may elect to participate in our Tuition Reimbursement Plan. Under this plan, payment of tuition covered by an employer will be deferred until six weeks after the end of the term. Students will be required to enroll in this program on a per-term basis.

To enroll, students will be required to pay a $25.00 fee per term upon request for enrollment in the program, as well as provide a letter from their employer indicating that they are eligible for this benefit. The letter must be received by the Office of Student Financial Services prior to the start of each term, outline the amount of reimbursement the student is eligible for in that specific term, and be on the employer’s letterhead.

Financial Aid

Graduate students may be considered for a merit-based graduate fellowship or scholarship after being admitted into a graduate program. 

Additional financial assistance may be available to students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov (school code 001676). Submitted FAFSA applications will be considered for the need-based Elmhurst Graduate Award and federal student loans. A graduate student enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester is eligible to receive up to $20,500 in federal unsubsidized student loans. Students enrolled in any of the three fulltime comprehensive programs (Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Science in Nursing: Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice) are also eligible to apply for Graduate Plus Loans that will allow students to borrow an amount above and beyond the $20,500 available to students in the part-time graduate programs.

Graduate Study Policy Statements

Academic Good Standing

The College designates graduate students in good standing if they make satisfactory progress toward the completion of program requirements. To be in good standing, graduate students must:

  • Complete all courses with a grade of C or better
  • Earn no more than one C or C+ grade
  • Complete additional requirements as outlined by the specific program

A second C or C+ grade, a C- grade, a D grade or an F grade will result in dismissal from the graduate program and the College. The program director will notify the student, in writing, of the dismissal decision.

The academic good standing policy for the Computer Information Technology program is significantly different. Students in this program should refer to the specific program sections of this catalog.

NOTE: Each student must maintain academic good standing in his or her respective program as defined by the graduate program. In all cases, individual program policies concerning academic good standing take precedence. It is the student’s responsibility to know the policies of his or her program.

Disputed Final Course Grades

The normal presumption in the administration of grades at Elmhurst College is that the instructor alone is qualified to evaluate the academic work of students in their courses and to assign grades to that work. For this reason, questions regarding an instructor’s assessment of the quality of academic work are not normally subject to review. However, when a student believes that a grade was assigned in a manner that was arbitrary or inappropriate in the Elmhurst College academic setting, or that crucial evidence was not considered, the student shall follow the procedures outlined below.

A grade dispute must be brought in writing to the instructor, department chair/program director, or the Office of Academic Affairs by the end of the fifth week following the term in which the disputed grade was given. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the process even if this must be done initially in writing rather than in person.


Establishing a Claim for a Disputed Grade Grievance and Organization of the Hearing Board

  • When a final course grade is disputed, the student and the instructor should meet to discuss the matter and seek an appropriate resolution. If the disputed grade is not resolved, the student may forward the matter to the chair of the department of the instructor and/or the program director. If the attempt to settle the issue fails at this level, it moves to the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • The student should submit a document indicating the student’s position and the rationale for the claim to the Office of Academic Affairs. The student must also provide whatever documentation is needed to support the claim. The instructor may do the same. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or their delegate meets with both the instructor and the student and also confers with the chair of the department or program director. If the matter is still unresolved, it moves to the next level of appeal.
  • The next step is the calling of a Hearing Board, which will consist of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or their delegate, who shall chair the board; the Vice President for Student Affairs or their delegate; two faculty members; and two students selected in consultation with the chair of the Academic Standings Committee. The parties directly involved may have one silent advisor present who is not an attorney. The Chair shall designate a secretary or invite an administrative assistant who is responsible for recording the salient issues and the actions of the Hearing Board.
  • The parties involved will be asked to submit written arguments to be circulated among members of the Hearing Board. It is expected that the parties in disagreement appear before the Board, but the hearing will proceed despite a failure to appear. When all presentations are complete, the Board, in executive session, shall reach a resolution of the dispute.
  • If the Hearing Board finds that a grade has been assigned in a manner that was inconsistent with policies stated in the syllabus, or inappropriate in the Elmhurst College academic setting, or that critical evidence was disregarded, the Hearing Board may direct the Registrar to change the grade to one the Board deems appropriate as dictated by the documented and objective evidence provided. The decision shall be represented in writing to the involved parties and others who need to know the results of the hearing. The chair shall maintain a file of relevant material for a period of at least two years.
  • The decisions of the Hearing Board shall be final.


Students who have been dismissed and wish to be considered for readmission to graduate study at Elmhurst College must apply for readmission to the College and the graduate program. Readmission consideration will be at the discretion of the program director and the associate director of enrollment services.

Incomplete Grades

A grade of Incomplete (I) may be given to students who demonstrate to the course instructor that extraordinary circumstances prevent the completion of the course assignments within the regular term. Students who wish to be considered for an Incomplete grade must obtain the consent of the instructor.

The approval for an Incomplete grade must be in writing and signed by the student and the instructor of the course. Appropriate forms are available through the Office of Registration and Records. The Incomplete grade must be submitted when final grades are due for the term on a Request for Incomplete Grade Form.

An Incomplete grade becomes a failing grade (F) or unsatisfactory (U) if the work is not completed within three weeks of the final meeting of the course for the academic term. Requests for an extension of time to resolve an Incomplete grade must be approved in writing by the instructor and the program director and submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.

Incomplete grades may be held for a maximum of one year. The time limit for internships is determined by each program.

Repetition of Courses

In non-cohort programs, students must receive permission from the program director to repeat a course. Students may repeat a course no more than one time and may repeat a maximum of two courses only. In cohort programs, a student who wishes to repeat a course out of sequence or delay enrollment to repeat a course in the sequence with a new cohort group must discuss this with the program director. In all cases involving the repetition of courses, individual program policies take precedence. It is the student’s responsibility to know the policies of his or her program.

Withdrawal from Courses

In general, students who withdraw from a cohort-model graduate course must also withdraw from the graduate program and the College. A graduate student who withdraws from a course without requesting a Leave of Absence will be required to reapply for admission to the College through the Office of Admission with approval from the appropriate program director.

Students must consult with the program director and follow appropriate withdrawal or Leave of Absence procedures. The Office of Registration and Records establishes the effective date of the withdrawal for graduate students. Withdrawal charges will be computed according to the length of the course and the number of calendar days into the term. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

Leave of Absence

A Leave of Absence may be granted to a student in good academic standing who can demonstrate to the program director that extraordinary circumstances prevent continued enrollment and full participation in the academic program. A student may request a Leave of Absence by completing an application for a Leave of Absence, which is available from the program director or online.

If a Leave of Absence is approved, program-specific re-entry requirements established in consultation with the program director must be satisfied.

In most cases, students are limited to one leave, not to exceed 180 days, within a 12-month period. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program that uses a cohort model may not be able to resume the program after six months. In these cases, the leave can be extended for up to 12 months to allow students to resume studies in line with the cohort system. Students must apply for an extension of any leave longer than what is approved.

Application for readmission to the program of study is not required, although the student must meet with the program director to determine the appropriate time to register for classes.

The student who is granted a Leave of Absence will receive a written document that specifies the terms or conditions of the leave

Degree Completion Deadline

Graduate students must complete all requirements for the awarding of the degree within five years of initial enrollment in their course of study. Failure to complete all requirements within the five-year period requires an application for readmission to the program. All requirements for the degree that are in place at the time of readmission to the program must be completed for the awarding of the degree. The program director will determine course equivalency of all graduate work completed prior to readmission to the program.



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