Domestic applicants are those that fall under the following types of citizenship or status in the US:

  • US Citizen
  • Legal Permanent Resident
  • Refugee
  • Asylee
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Other Non-immigrant

While we encourage applicants with international coursework to apply earlier, domestic applicants are held to the domestic application deadlines. Domestic applicants with international degrees or degrees from U.S. territories should refer to the International requirements page for information about credential guidelines, degree qualification, and English proficiency requirements for the country/territory in which they studied.


Application & Requirements


Academic Credentials

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad by the proposed term of admission at UIC.

Electronic copies of the following transcripts for U.S. study are required. See the Transcripts section below for complete details concerning acceptable U.S. transcripts.

  • Transcripts for the final 60 semester credit hours (90 quarter hours) leading up to the first baccalaureate degree (typically the final two years)
  • Transcripts for all post-baccalaureate coursework completed

For International credentials, refer to our International Requirements page for credential guidelines. English proficiency requirements may apply dependent upon the country in which the degree was earned. 

Current and prior UIC students do not need to submit transcripts for UIC coursework.

Program-Required Supplemental Materials

Supplemental requirements are determined and managed by each program. See the program's website for complete details. Links to program websites may be found through the dropdown on our Apply page. Program requirements may include (but are not limited to) items such as:

  • GRE scores - use our Institutional Code 1851 to report your results
  • personal statement - refer to the program for prompts or topics
  • letters of recommendation - online requests initiated through the application checklist
  • writing samples
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • application for graduate appointment - General Graduate College form. Some programs may require use of their own form.


Transcript Guidelines

Do not send official transcripts to our office during the application process unless expressly requested. Official transcripts will be requested only from admitted students. Official transcripts received for records without a final decision may not be reflected in the application checklist until the end of the cycle.

Review the options below regarding online submission of acceptable transcripts for the purposes of application review: 

  • 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.
    • PDFs in a Portfolio format and password-protected PDFs are not compatible with our system. 
    • Some institutions may issue electronic transcripts with an expiration date. Please avoid uploading transcripts that are set to expire since credentials need to be viewed and reviewed throughout the application process (and available in the permanent record).  An additional transcript will be requested if previously uploaded transcripts are found to be expired and inaccessible. 
      • If you obtain a transcript that is set to expire, you may need to print and rescan it into PDF format in order to be able to provide a permanently available credential.

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 or advising/degree audit documents that can be obtained through student web portals are not acceptable.


The University of Illinois Chicago reserves the right to request official credentials at any time during the application process if deemed necessary, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official credentials are found.