Domestic Admission Requirements - Graduate
You will need to submit the following materials in order to apply to a graduate program at UIC:
*** Important Change – Electronically uploaded documents and academic credentials will be required in lieu of paper documents and academic credentials for all Summer and Fall 2013 applications (all Spring 2013 applicants will continue to submit paper documents and academic credentials). Please see the FAQ for details ***
- Completed Graduate Application. - Available at: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/grad/apply_grad.html.
- $60.00 Application Fee (non-refundable)
- University issued transcripts for all undergraduate work (see FAQ)
- University issued transcripts for all post-baccalaureate
- Supplementary materials as determined by program (GRE and other test scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, writing samples, Millers analogies, etc.). Please contact your department for specific requirements.
- If course work is in progress, final transcripts with grades recorded and proof of any degrees awarded will be required upon enrollment.
Permanent residents or students who have completed course work at foreign institutions should follow the instructions provided on the International Admissions Requirements page for submitting academic credentials.
Department Awards and Financial Assistance - Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships are awarded through your academic department. More information on financial support can be found at: http://grad.uic.edu/cms/?pid=1000078.
Different types of registration holds and how to clear them
As a new student at UIC, you may have registration holds that will need to be cleared before you are able to enroll in classes.
Students who have been admitted with pending conditions will receive a transcript hold that is created by the Office of Admissions. Usually this occurs because the Office of Admissions has not yet received your final or official academic credentials. You can tell if you have been admitted conditionally by carefully reading your admit letter. The items that are pending will show at the bottom of your admit letter.
Transcript holds do not go into effect until the registration period for your 1st term at UIC is over. This means that you will not be affected by the hold until you try to register for your 2nd term at UIC. The Office of Admissions encourages you to bring in your final/official documents when you first arrive on campus. By doing so, you will be able to resolve this issue before your registration is ever affected. It will also ensure that you have plenty of time to obtain correct versions of any documents that the Office of Admissions has not found acceptable.
Students may also encounter advising holds. These are placed by your academic program to ensure that you meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. You will need to consult with your academic department for an advisor assignment. They will be able to guide you through the necessary steps for having any advising holds released.
The Immunizations Office will also create holds for students who have failed to submit proper proof of immunizations. For more information on this topic go to: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/student_records/medical_immunization.html.
When holds take effect
Transcript holds placed by the Office of Admissions will begin after the 10th day of your 1st semester at UIC. Registration for your 2nd term of study (and every subsequent term) will be blocked until the required credentials have been submitted.
Immunization holds will begin during your 1st term at UIC
Students who have been recommended for admission, but cannot attend for valid reasons, may request to defer their admission. An admitted application can only be deferred once. Admission can be deferred for up to 1 academic year. (Applicants for the Fall term may defer to the following Spring, Summer, or Fall terms, but no further.) Admission to the term is contingent upon departmental admissions practices for that term. Students do not need to submit a new application, fee, or set of academic credentials in order for a deferral to be granted.
Only students who have been officially admitted by the Graduate College are eligible to defer admission. Denied applications and those cancelled due to missing academic credentials cannot be deferred.
To request a deferral, please contact your academic program. Your department has the authority to grant your request or to deny it. Departmental awards may not be guaranteed for a new term.
If your deferral is approved by OAR, you will receive a letter of admission for the new term.
You should always use your full, legal name on all documents that you are submitting to UIC. Please include any alternate names in the space provided on the application. If you know it, include your University Identification Number (UIN) on all documents. If you provided a different spelling of your name to ETS for GRE or TOEFL/IELTS reporting, please provide this name to the Office of Admissions. You may email any application changes or updates to us using the UIC Prospective Student Contact form (no attachments).
Whom to contact for help
Most basic questions can be answered by thoroughly reading the graduate application, the instructions on the website for your academic program, and our FAQ. You may direct any inquiries to us using the UIC Prospective Student Contact form. Questions sent to this address will be reviewed by an admissions counselor.
If you have a question or problem that cannot be addressed in our published material or by email, admissions counselors are available for walk-in visits and via the phone on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm (CST). Each counselor works with a different set of academic programs, but any counselor will be able to help you. Contact persons in your department of interest will also be able to answer most questions.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a variety of questions that the Office of Admissions receives on a daily basis.