Graduate and Doctorate
FAQ

Students are the lifeblood of any university. Through the collaborative efforts of our various offices, we help students make informed choices about continuing their education. We provide a welcoming atmosphere that reflects the best of the Benedictine values of hospitality and a concern for the development of each individual.

What if I have already taken a graduate entrance exam years ago?
Benedictine will accept test scores up to five years old.

What if I am not from the United States?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, green card, or permanent resident card holder, we would like you to speak with the International Admissions Counselor at (630) 829-6304. Any student who has taken classes overseas will need their transcripts translated by the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), an accredited foreign educational credentials evaluating not-for-profit. ECE can be reached at
www.ece.org and forms are available in the Enrollment Center. Chinese and Vietnamese students should visit the Asia Institute website for further information.

How do I apply? Where do I turn in my application?
You may submit an application via fax, mail or online.  Please submit your application to the Enrollment Center located in Lownik Hall.

When is my application due?
Benedictine has a rolling admissions policy. We accept applications throughout the year for all of our graduate programs. We encourage you to apply a minimum of six to eight weeks prior to the start of a new quarter or semester to allow enough time for your application to be reviewed by the department and for an admission decision to be made. View academic Deadlines.

Do I really need to submit all of my official transcripts?
Yes, Benedictine needs official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended so we can evaluate your entire academic history. This is a University policy. Each transcript is considered a piece of your academic record. Remember an official transcript bears the institution's seal and is sent directly from one institution to another.

What is the role of the Enrollment Center?
The Enrollment Center is here to serve students who are in the admissions process. We can answer questions about the Benedictine community, format offerings, program options, program requirements, start dates, application questions, updates on the status of your file, housing and financing options. We will also put you in touch with key departmental contacts who will provide you with answers to your specific questions about the program and provide you with advising and registration throughout the length of your graduate program.

When can I start taking classes?
Students can begin taking classes at any of the quarter / semester start dates.  For specifics on the program you are requesting, please see the quarter academic calendar or the semester academic calendar.

Are there any support services available to graduate students?
Yes, students can utilize any of the many services available in the Student Success Center located in the Krasa Student Center. Some students may also be interested in the resources provided by Career Development, such as a full career library of resources, numerous handouts for creating cover letters and resumes, information on job search Internet sites, interviewing strategies and job fair information.

How do I get my student ID number?
You can obtain your student ID number by calling Enrollment Services at (630) 829-6500.

What if I want to enroll in two programs?
Students must apply to both programs and admission for each program will be determined separately. Students may choose from a variety of dual degrees.

How long will it take me to earn my degree?
The length of the program depends on the number of courses and credits you take in each term and the type of program you select. Each program has its own graduation requirements.

Does Benedictine University accept employer reimbursement?
Students are eligible to defer their tuition to the end of the term. Students need to forward a copy of their company's employer reimbursement policy or a letter on company letterhead from the employer stating that tuition is covered to the Student Accounts Office [fax (630) 829-6348]. Each term the student wishes to defer tuition they will be charged a fee. Every fall term the student must resubmit the employee reimbursement policy.
 

How do I register for classes? Where?
After speaking with your academic advisor, you can fax your registration to Enrollment Services at (630) 829-6456, e-mail
enrollmentservices@ben.edu, mail or call in your registration to (630) 829-6500. If you are registering for classes for the first time as a student-at-large, please visit Enrollment Services during office hours.

What should I do if I want to switch programs after I am enrolled?
Students who wish to switch from one graduate program to another will need to submit a new application and new letters of recommendation. Other documents/requirements may be necessary depending on the program into which you wish to change. Students should notify Enrollment Services of their change in program.

How many credit hours are considered full time or part time?
Part-time status for financial aid purposes is four credit-hours per term. Part-time status for academic purposes is five credit-hours per term. [The eligibility for an in-school deferment (deferral of previous loans) is based on the academic definition of part-time]. Full-time status for financial aid purposes is eight credit-hours per term. Full-time status for academic purposes is nine credit-hours per term.

What if I want to take an online course?
Please speak with your academic advisor. Note that online courses may be offered on cycles that vary from the traditional graduate quarter and semester calendar offerings.

Are there any graduate degree program deadlines?
Please see the following link for any applicable program deadlines.

What if I have foreign or overseas credit?
Please visit the foreign credential evaluations page for information regarding international credits.

Does my application packet need to be complete before submitting?
No. However we highly recommend that the application be the first document submitted. Any document that is received prior to the application will be housed in a master file in our Processing Center for one full year before being purged. The application is the document that triggers the application process and provides the information our staff needs to track all of your documents and keep you updated on the status of your application.

How can I set up an appointment to visit campus?
We encourage all students to visit the Benedictine University campus. Please view for additional information
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Are there any events on campus I can attend?
We host a variety of events throughout the year. Please view our Event Calendar for upcoming activities.

How much is the application fee?
Our application fee is $40. However, we waive the fee if a student visits campus before they apply.

Does Benedictine University offer financial aid?
Yes, you can receive financial aid here at Benedictine University by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Benedictine's FAFSA code is 001767.

How can I request more information about Benedictine University?
Submit the Information Request Form online or call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

How do I schedule a campus visit and/or tour?
Submit the Visit Us Request Form online or call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

Does Benedictine have any alumni who I might recognize?
Yes. Notable Benedictine alumni include former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, C68; Bill Callahan, C78, head football coach at the University of Nebraska; and David Reynolds, C82, writer of Walt Disney's animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove."

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