Domestic Admission Requirements - Graduate
How Do I Apply?
You will first need to submit the following in order to apply to a graduate program at UIC:
- Completed Online Graduate Application
- $60 non-refundable Application Fee (required at the time of application submission)
After submitting the application, you will receive an acknowledgement email within 1 - 3 business days once your record has been processed by our system. You can then log back into the application system portal to begin uploading PDF copies of the following application requirements through the checklist and initiating online requests for letters of recommendation, if required by the program.
- University Registrar-issued transcripts for the final 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours – typically the final two years – leading up to the first Bachelor’s degree. Additional transcripts may be requested as necessary. (Permanent residents or students who have completed coursework at foreign institutions should refer to the International credential requirements.)
- University Registrar-issued transcripts for all coursework taken after the first Bachelor’s degree.
- Additional Program Requirements as determined by program (GRE and other test scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, writing samples, Millers analogies, etc.). Please refer to the program’s website or contact the program for additional information.
Access our Document Upload Guide for information on electronic document guidelines and initiating online requests for letters of recommendation.
Students who are admitted will be requested to mail in official, sealed final transcripts. Details on this will be included in the official admission letter.
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.
For the purposes of application review, credentials must only be uploaded. Please do not mail academic credentials to the Office of Admissions.
- Option 1:
You will need to request an official, sealed transcript from your prior college or university. It should be sent to your home, and must be opened, scanned and saved to your computer or other storage device as a PDF, then uploaded to the application checklist when requested.
- Option 2:
If offered by your prior college or university, obtain an official PDF transcript through the school’s Registrar’s Office. This PDF can then be uploaded to the application checklist. Note that PDFs in a Portfolio format and password-protected PDFs are not compatible with our system.
Transcripts should include all courses, credits, grades, and term information. Please also include the transcript key or legend, typically displayed on the back of the transcript. Online academic histories and advising/degree audit documents that can be obtained through student web portals are not acceptable for graduate application review at UIC.
Current and prior UIC students do not need to submit transcripts for UIC coursework. This is taken care of by the Office of Admissions.Domestic applicants with foreign coursework should review foreign credential guidelines within the International Requirements.
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: https://registrar.uic.edu/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
Seeking a Deferral to Future Semester
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.
Very Useful Tips …
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.