Illinois State University

Illinois State University is the first publicly-funded higher education institution in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It offers undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs in a wide variety of concentrations including applied science and technology, arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, and nursing. Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Average Tuition USD 33,465
  • Acceptance Rate 74%
  • Students 20,615
  • International Students 1.8%
  • Campus Setting Residential

School Description

Illinois State University was established as the Illinois State Normal University in the year 1857, making it the oldest of the 12 state-funded universities in Illinois. Originally intended to be an institution providing education to teachers, it has grown to become a university with a diverse program offerings from bachelor's to master's degree levels.

Today Illinois State University enrolls over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 47 states and 67 foreign countries. Its highly accessible campus in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal boasts of 20 academic buildings that house its 6 academic colleges through which it offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in over 200 areas of study.

Master Programs

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    Accountancy

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Accounting Principles. The program offers courses that focus on all aspects of business, management and finance.

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    Agriculture

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Agriculture. The program offers courses that focus on forestry, horticulture, plant breeding, soil science, and plant nutrition.

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    Anthropology

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual knowledge of Anthropology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of human language, culture, societies, biological and material remains, biology, and the behavior of primates.

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    Art History

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Art History. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the historical development of art; the theory of art; art history research methods; the conservation of works of art; and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    Biology

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Biology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology and recombinant DNA technology.

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    Biomedical Science

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Biomedical Science. The program combines biology and medicine and offers courses that focus on the study of molecular biology, parasitology, and toxicology.

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    Business Administration

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, purchasing and logistics; organization and production; marketing; and business decision-making.

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    Business Economics

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient allocation of resources; economic theory; micro and macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; banking systems; international economics; quantitative analytical methods; and public policy.

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    Chemistry

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

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    Communication

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Communication. The program offers courses that focus on public relations, connectivity and culture, multimedia, digital analytics, communication law and ethics, creative writing, and media design.

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    Criminal Justice

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Criminal Justice. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history and theory of law enforcement; operational command leadership; administration of public police organizations; labor relations; incident response strategies; legal and regulatory responsibilities; budgeting; public relations; and organizational leadership.

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    Cultural Studies

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Cultural Studies. The program offers courses that focus on culture; racial and ethnic issues; gender and popular culture; culture and media; and culture and globalization.

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    Drama

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual, technical and practical knowledge of the elements of Drama. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history of theatre; dramatic literature; dramatic styles; and the analysis of theatre plays. Students are also offered performance-focused courses in acting, musical theatre, costume design and stage management.

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    Education

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

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    English

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with critical, practical, and analytical knowledge of the fundamentals of English. The program offers courses that focus on three major objectives; reading, writing, and literature.

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    Environmental Studies

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

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    Finance

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Finance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, accounting, and marketing.

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    Fine Arts

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program offers a wide range of courses that focus on the study of art history; art theory and criticism; performing arts; 2D art; 3D art; digital art; photography, and architectural modelmaking.

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    Health Science

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Health Science. The program includes the study, research, and knowledge of health and the application of knowledge to improve health and cure diseases. The program offers courses that focus on human anatomy, chemistry, biology, pharmacology and public health.

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    History

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of History. The program offers courses that focus on developing an awareness of differing political, cultural, social, and economic structures in past societies and their interrelationship.

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    Languages

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.

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    Leadership

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the leadership skills required in a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. The program offers courses that focus on the study of organizational planning; the dynamics of leadership; team building; conflict resolution and mediation; communication; and other management skills.

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    Management

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; communication; information technology; business policy; and strategy.

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    Mathematics

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mathematics. The program offers courses that focus on algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

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    Music

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.

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    Music Education

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music Education. The program offers courses that focus on the teaching and learning of music.

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    Neuroscience

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. The program offers courses that focus on cognition, artificial intelligence, human-computer interactions and neurological diagnosis and monitoring.

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    Nursing

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Nursing. The program offers courses that focus on the study of biology, physiology, chemistry, and anatomy. The program also includes a practical clinical component.

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    Nutrition Science

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Nutrition Science. The program offers courses that focus on food science, microbiology, dietetics, nutrition, and clinical nutritional care.

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    Organizational Psychology

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Organizational Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on employee selection and placement, research methods and data analysis, performance evaluation and feedback, and work motivation.

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    Performing Arts

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Performing Arts. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that are delivered through a mix of practical workshops and lectures that focus on music, dance and drama.

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    Political Science

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Political Science. The program offers courses that focus on understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior. As well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war.

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    Project Management

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative and qualitative skills, tools, and techniques required to manage projects in a wide range of fields and occupations. The program offers courses that focus on the study of project planning; risk management; cost and time management; contracts and procurement; accounting and statistics; decision making; and human resources.

  • 100 N University St, Normal, IL 61761, United States

    Psychology

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on understanding and analyzing human behavior.

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    Social Work

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Social Work. The program offers courses that enable students to work with individuals, groups, and communities. The program requires students to participate in social work agencies, children's homes, and other institutions.

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    Sociology

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Sociology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of family; religion; media; global development; and methods of research.

  • 100 N University St, Normal, IL 61761, United States

    Sports Management

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Sports Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of athletic management; adult fitness; and recreation leadership.

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    Teaching

    USD 16,515 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Teaching. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the design and provision of educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities; diagnosing learning disabilities; developing individual education plans; teaching and supervising special education students; special education counseling; and applicable laws and policies.

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    US News (National) 159
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    SchoolApply Ranking 316
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 383

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.80
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum incoming GRE 300
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 542
  • Minimum ACT 22

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    Established in 1857

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    Illinois State University ranks 78th among America's Best Public National Universities in 2017, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

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          • Testimony
            2012-2016, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

            Studied Political Science

            Great PoliSci program. Professors are eager to help network and it is clear they enjoy their jobs. I know that ISU is known for education and business, but if you're interested in PoliSci, I would apply here!

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            1978-1981, Human Anatomy - Graduate School; BS, Biology/ Chemistry

            Illinois State University

            A great institution. My undergraduate education in biology/ chemistry and grad studies in anatomy prepared me for a 30 year career in dentistry. Our son graduated in 2014 with a degree in CSD from ISU and now is a first year in the doctoral program for audiology at ISU. The ISU legacy has begun! Many thanks! .... GO REDBIRDS!

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            2002-2007, MS

            Large-university opportunities with a small-college atmosphere!

            I had a great time at the university both as a student and as a staff. Where else can you get walk among hundreds of different kinds of trees, watch planetarium shows, see students performing circus shows, listen to a great public radio station, enjoy Shakespeare theater, root for your solar car team and much more?