Admission Requirements FAQ - Domestic


When should I apply?

KSI has three points of admission per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer semester intakes. The application deadline for each of these semesters is mentioned in the KSI Calendar.

How do I Know if I am Eligible To Apply?

For eligibility to the master’s degree program at KSI, an applicant must have at least a four-years bachelor's degree with an accumulated GPA of a 2.75 in order to apply. If an applicant's degree was completed outside of the U.S., KSI would need to review the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) evaluations to prove that said applicant has the U.S. equivalent of a four-years bachelor's degree.

What Documents Must I Submit For Admissions?

  •  Fill out an Application Form
  •  Pay the $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  •  Mail out Official Transcripts (in a sealed envelope). E-transcripts are also accepted but must be sent directly from an official registrar
  •  Submit three (3) signed letters of recommendation
  •  Submit a Photocopy of a government issued ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Passport copy, etc.)
  • Submit a Photocopy of Degrees Earned (bachelors and higher)


Do I have to submit all documents?

All documents must be submitted to complete the application process. Majority of documents can be scanned and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

However, the following document must be original and must be mailed to the Administrative Office in a sealed envelope: official transcripts from degree earned school (bachelor’s and higher only). This may be submitted electronically from an official registrar, in which case, sending an official sealed transcript is not required. 

Who can write letters of recommendation for me?

Applicants can submit letters of recommendation from professors, mentors, co-workers, colleagues, and managers.

What happens after I submit all of my documents?

The applicant will receive a confirmation email from the Administrative Office once all application materials are submitted. The Admissions Council will review all documents and a formal response will be given within five business days.


Transferring Credits

Can I transfer any credits?

An applicant must have a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. The six regional accreditation commissions are the following: HLC-NCA, MSCHE, NEASC, NWCCU, SACS, WASC. An applicant must submit official transcripts by the application deadline which he or she is applying for. Please refer to the KSI Calendar for the deadlines; the deadline must be met for the Admissions Council to review said applicant's admission documents. The Admissions Council has the right to reject an applicant's courses if they do not correlate with KSI's degree courses.

I have taken some of the classes mentioned in KSI's degree program already, but my school is not regionally accredited and I can't transfer credits. What do I do?

In such an event, the Admissions Council will decide if the applicant is eligible to take KSI's Waiver Exams. Only eligible applicants may take the waiver exams. Eligibility is defined in acceptance letters. If the eligibility clause is not listed in the acceptance letter, the applicant is therefore, ineligible to take waiver exams and must take all degree required courses and any prerequisites if listed on the acceptance letter.


Tuition and Fees

What will my academic schedule and fee structure look like?

Academic Schedule:

One academic year includes 3 semesters;
Spring – January to May (16 weeks)
Summer – May to August (12 weeks)
Fall – August to December (16 weeks)

Classes are held once per week for the duration of the semester with 4-hour long classes in the Summer semester and 3-hour long classes in the Fall and Spring semesters.

One credit hour is $480 (each course at KSI is 3 credits)

On-site Lab - $50 per semester
Material - $5 per course
Online Lab - $150 per course

For full tuition and fee details, please visit Tuition & Fees (for domestic student).

When do I pay tuition? Can I pay by using a debit or credit card? Is there an installment plan?

The Registration Day of each semester is the tuition payment due date. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for exact deadlines.

Payment methods include: check, money order, credit card, and debit card. There is a 3% service fee added to the full tuition amount when selecting any card as a payment method. Students complete a Credit Card Authorization Form, which is available to download at the Download Forms section of the website.

KSI does offer installment plans for students. Installment plans are divided into two equal payments, with the first installment due on Registration Day and the second installment due 30 days later.

Does KSI offer financial aid, VA benefits or scholarships?

KSI does provide merit scholarships at this time, however, admission scholarships are being developed. Domestic students are welcome to apply for a student loan with our loan officer Mr. Gabriel Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Not all loans are guaranteed to be approved. Please visit the student loan details available in KSI's catalog and student handbook. VA benefits are available, please inquire with Mr. Gabriel Smith.

How much will the entire degree program cost me?

It will cost roughly $22,000.



How often do I have to attend classes? Can I get weekend courses?

Classes are held once a week per class. In the Fall and Spring semesters, each class is subject to be held for three (3) hours and in the Summer semester for four (4) hours. We offer weekend courses, which are offered on Saturday & Sunday. Weekday evening classes are also available.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on 3420 Main Street, Skokie, IL 60076. Parking is available on the lot (all spaces facing Main Street). Online courses are also available. For details regarding online course availability please contact the Administrative Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How soon can I get my degree?

The length of time really depends on the student. If a student partakes in full-time course load (18 credits per year) and are required to complete prerequisites, said student should complete the degree in two and one-half years. If a student should partake in a full-time course load and do not have prerequisites, said student would earn his or her degree in two years.

What is the academic course load for graduate students?

Most programs can be pursued either full-time or part-time, although some schools have set a minimum number of hours per semester. To be considered full-time, students must be registered for at least nine credit hours.

What programs are offered online?

To get a list of these programs, please contact the Administrative Office via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or via phone (847-679-3135).