Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the international equivalent, prior to beginning graduate study. Applicants who have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework are eligible for unconditional admission to the Graduate School. Applicants with previous graduate coursework must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all graduate coursework and have completed a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours for the graduate grade point average to be used for admission purposes. Applications with at least a 2.5 GPA may be considered for conditional admission on the basis of a combination of other factors including, but not limited to, scores on standardized tests, preparation at the undergraduate level, quality of work, recommendations and other relevant factors. Students admitted conditionally will be informed in their admission letter of the conditions they must satisfy to remove the conditional status. Students cannot receive financial assistance, nor can they graduate until the conditional status is removed.
The Graduate School application requirements are listed below. Individual programs may require additional application materials, and may have more selective admission requirements than those of the Graduate School; please refer to the Programs section of the Graduate Catalog for these requirements. Applicants can submit all documents online via the application status portal.
A non-refundable application fee of $40, payable by credit card online or mail check or money order to Bradley University. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been received.
Applicants must provide a short admission essay on each of the following topics:
Explain achievements and work experience that you consider relevant to your interest in and capacity for graduate study.
Briefly state your career objectives and how the graduate program you have selected will assist you in attaining these goals.
Transcripts and Proof of Degree
Official transcripts, sent directly from all post-secondary institutions attended, are required. Transcripts can be sent electronically or mailed to:
The Graduate School Bradley University 1501 W. Bradley Ave. Peoria, IL 61625
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Graduate School from individuals who can comment on the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. Some programs require additional or specific letters of recommendation. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific requirements. The request for letters of recommendation are sent electronically when you complete the online application.
The resume is not required by all programs, however it is very helpful in making admissions decisions and financial aid awards. A resume is required for students applying for assistantships and is recommended for all applicants.
Standardized Test Scores (GRE, GMAT or MAT)
Applicants must have official test scores sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing agency. Please check the Graduate Catalog to determine which test is required by the program you wish to pursue. Bradley's institutional code for score reporting is 1070.