Before You Apply

Start planning now

It’s never too early to start planning.

Early preparation is the key to a smooth (and successful!) application and admission process. In the last few years, the number of applicants to our program has grown dramatically. We’re limited by space and resources.

Give yourself the best chance of acceptance by doing your research and putting your best application forward.

Know your deadlines

We admit three times each year. Applications are due July 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring term.

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply! Start early and give yourself plenty of time to collect all your materials.

Check your requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree

International Students: If English isn’t your native language, you might need to take an English proficiency test. Check out the International Requirements to see if this applies to you. Our program has higher minimum score requirements than the Graduate College, so read through the International Students section of the Applying page for more information about the minimum scores we accept.

Prepare your documents

When you apply, you’ll need to submit your transcripts, resume, a personal statement, program requirements form, and three letters of recommendation. Get started on those now! Refer to the Applying page for all the specifics.

The application process is paperless. Please don’t mail any materials or credentials to the unless told to do so. Documents that you will upload must be in PDF format, no larger than 5 MB in size. “Portfolio” PDFs and secured PDFs which require a password are not compatible with our system.

International Students: You might have a few extra things you need to provide. Read through the International Requirements page to make sure you have everything read. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted to UIC directly from ETS using the institutional code 1851. Paper score reports will not be accepted.

Think about funding

See what funding options are available to you. HIM certificate students are classified as degree-seeking, which means you’re eligible for financial aid. The Graduate College has some great information on financial resources and funding opportunities.