Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements
  • Completed Application Form
  • Official high school transcript or GED score
  • ACT or SAT test results
  • $40 application fee
Adult Undergraduate Admission Requirements
If you do not meet these requirements, please contact us to evaluate your situation.
  • You must be at least 24 years old.
  • Three years of full-time work experience.
  • Earned at least 12 semester hours of transferable credit at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
Graduate Admission Requirements
Degree candidates must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Complete an application for graduate admission, including a non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit official transcripts from each college/university attended.
  4. Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 (conditional admission available to those with GPA < 3.0 (Effective for fall 2013)
  5. Submit a professional resume.
  6. Provide two recommendation forms, available here or by phone at (815) 836-5348.
  7. Complete an admission checklist.
Note: Specific graduate programs have additional requirements:

Additional GSM Program Requirements
Lewis' MBA program is open to all candidates with strong leadership potential, regardless of undergraduate background.
  • Degree Candidates
    A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above (Effective for fall 2013) OR a post-graduate degree from an accredited university, has submitted all appropriate admission documents and received official documents of his/her acceptance from the Graduate School of Management.

  • Students-at-Large/Conditional
    A student whose cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.00 will be required to take three specified foundation level courses and obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 after the completion of these courses on their first attempt. No further courses will be allowed if the GPA requirement is not met.

  • Visiting Students
    An applicant with an undergraduate bachelor's degree may enroll for MBA courses and seminars as a visiting student with the approval of the MBA Program Director. A visiting student may take a maximum of six graduate credit hours and must have:
    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    • Submitted a completed application form with the appropriate non-refundable application fee.
    • An official transcript from each college/university sent directly to the MBA Admissions Committee of the Graduate School of Management.
      • An admission checklist with a Graduate School of Management advisor.
International Graduate Student Requirements
  • Official evaluation of transcripts (detailed/course-by-course report) evaluated by One Earth Evaluations, WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives
  • GPA of 3.00 or above (Effective for fall 2013)
  • English proficiency - TOEFL: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, & 79 internet-based; or IELTS: 6.0
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Affidavit of Support from all financial sponsors
  • Original bank statement from sponsors
  • Please contact Claudia Alves, Asst. Dir. For International Admissions, at or visit the International Admissions page.