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How long does it take to complete this master’s program?
On average it takes anywhere from 2 years to 2.5 years, depending on the individual students course load.

How many credits is your master’s degree seeking programs (on campus and Trinity)?
45-credits, including acquiring practicum and internship experience hours, and thesis credits.

How much does the entire program cost? What is the cost of each class?
Please direct all cost/fee questions to SIU’s Registrar’s office. Open 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (CST), Monday through Friday, (618) 453-2963. Be sure to let them know you are a graduate student and if you are an on campus or off campus student when asking about credit totals and semester fees.

What are the prerequisites and requirements for this program?
All prerequisites and requirements can been found here.

Does this program require a GRE or MAT score?
No, but if you have your score and would like to submit them with your application materials they can be included.

Will my bachelor’s degree credits transfer and count toward credit of my master’s degree?
Unfortunately no, unless you completed master’s degree level (typically a 500-level class or above) as an undergraduate. All previous master’s degree course credits will need to be reviewed by the department faculty for approval of the credits to transfer. Course syllabi will need to be provided for review.

When can I register for classes?
If you have been admitted for the upcoming on campus fall semester, you will receive information about class registration during the summer via email. This email will explain each class your cohort will need to register for your first semester.
If you are in Trinity or BAT Online, iruark@siu.edu or batga@siu.edu will send out a class availability notification via email containing information about the classes being offered for your program the following semester. You will need to notify iruark@siu.eduor batga@siu.edu to complete your class overrides before you can begin registration.

How does Trinity and BAT Online students register for classes?
Trinity and BAT Online students both need to contact iruark@siu.edu or batga@siu.edu to complete departmental overrides before your registration will be open for you to complete through Salukinet.

How do I adjust my credit hours for a class?
Follow this task analysis on how to adjust credit hours.

How do I register for practicum, internship and thesis credits?
First, you need to contact your faculty advisor and gain approval to complete your practicum, internship or thesis hours under their course number. On campus students may need to contact iruark@siu.edu or batga@siu.edu to have overrides completed for those course section numbers before registration can being. Trinity students will always need to contact iruark@siu.edu or batga@siu.edu to gain departmental approval before registration will open.

Can I take all 9-credit hours of my internship in one semester?
No, internship credits need to be completed over the course of at least two semesters. You can divide the credits how you see fit.

Do I need to apply to the on campus/Trinity program with my official transcript(s)?
No, you do not need to initially apply with your official transcript(s) from all previous universities. Once you have been accepted into the program you are interested in, you will then need to submit (all of) your official transcript(s) prior to your first semester’s class registration can be completed.

What is a graduate assistantship (GA)?
A graduate assistantship is a work opportunity that provides the student with a part time job (either working 10 or 20 hours a week). From working this job the student earns a stipend each month. Holding a graduate assistantship also aids the student in academic funding. All students who receive a graduate assistantship pays $0 toward their tuition, and is only responsible for covering their semester fees, books, and housing.

Do I have to complete a graduate assistantship application?
No, not if you are applying to Trinity, or our BAT Online programs. Yes, if you are applying to our on campus program and would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

When will I begin to hear about graduate assistantship openings?
If you have been admitted for the upcoming on campus fall semester, you will receive information about graduate assistantship openings as they become available, typically throughout June-August. These emails will include information explaining what the available position is looking for, tasks this GA position holds, and requirements. The email will also state what the incoming student will need to do in order to obtain an interview for this specific GA.

Can I get fired from a graduate assistantship?
Yes, a graduate assistantship is a real job and should be taken seriously.

Can I plan a campus visit?
Yes, contact batga@siu.edu to arrange a visit.