How are BPS Graduate Applications Processed?
When you apply to the BPS program, you are actually being evaluated for admission to the Graduate College; the BPS Program only evaluates the application and makes a recommendation to the Graduate College. It is in the best interest of the applicant to carefully follow the instructions given by the program and clarifications given in the FAQ. After applications are received by the DGS, the applications are processed and specific information is forwarded to the Graduate College. Based upon this information (Official Transcripts and Proof of Degree, if necessary) and electronic information submitted directly from ETS.org (GRE and TOEFL, if necessary), the Graduate College determines if the application is complete.
All complete applications are then turned to the BPS Program for evaluation. Due to this process, if you apply to more than one UIC program, you have to upload your documents for each program separately. In addition, official transcripts and proofs of degree should be mailed to the DGS.
The Graduate College requires the application fee. There are no fee waivers for the Biopharmaceutical Sciences Program as many applications are received and the fee goes toward paying for the processing of applications.
Once an evaluation is requested by the Graduate College, the DGS makes an initial rating of each student based upon all required information: GPA(s), prior institution(s), degree area(s), area of interest, SOP, GRE, TOEFL (if necessary), work experience (if any), publications (if any), and letters of recommendation. The DGS brings all complete application ratings to the BPS Graduate Committee who independently evaluates the applications according to the needs of the program. The Graduate Committee then makes recommendations to the Graduate College for Admission and Denial of applications.
Applicants are notified by email if a positive recommendation is being made to the Graduate College, but official admission letters will be sent from the Graduate College. Students denied admission receive official notice from the OAR at UIC.