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Before you start, review our admission criteria on the Before You Apply page to make sure you meet all the requirements.


Applications are due January 15.


  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae

Official UIC Application

Submit your UIC application online via the UIC website—just follow the instructions listed there. There is a non-refundable application fee of $70 for all applicants.

You don’t have to enter and submit all application information in one sitting. You can return to the system as many times as you need to. You can also return to the system checklist as often as you like to see what materials have been uploaded and verified as received.


Upload copies of official registrar-issued transcripts from institutions where you earned a degree and from all colleges and universities attended. A link to upload these will be in the application provided.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are recommended for all applicants and required for:

  • Financial aid applicants including those seeking assistantships, fellowships, and all BHIS stipends and tuition waivers
  • Applicants with no prior Master’s degree
  • Applicants holding a Master’s degree with a cumulative GPA less than 3.5/4.0
  • Applicants with degrees awarded outside the United States and Canada

Scores should be sent directly from Education Testing Service to UIC. If you have taken the GRE within the past five years, you must request that scores be sent from ETS to UIC. Our ETS Institutional Code is 1851.

The minimum required GRE scores are 152 Verbal and 151 Quantitative. We also require at least a 3.0 GPA. Keep in mind that your entire application package is taken into consideration, not just your GRE test scores!

Applicants from foreign schools are considered if they are sponsored by an accepted referral service, such as AFGRAD or AMIDEAST.

Personal Statement

Submit a statement that addresses your goals for graduate study, career development, teaching and research experience.

Letters of recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation in support of your application.

Letters must be on letterhead. Letter writers should explain the context in which they have worked with and know you. Letter writers should explore your scholarly abilities, personal professionalism, personal organizational skills, and any other insights into your qualities that demonstrate your suitability for work at the doctorate level.

Curriculum vitae

Submit a current CV, including scholarly activities and publications to date.

International Students

Minimum English competency test

If English is not your native language, you might need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the exam of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE-Academic. Check out the International Requirements to see if this applies to you.

Scores must be submitted to UIC directly using the institutional code 1851.

Our program has higher minimum score requirements than the Graduate College. We also require Test of Written English, with scores in range of 5-6.

Total/Overall Score 95 7 54 > 585
Listening 22 6.5 47
Writing 24 6.5 56
Reading 24 6.5 51
Speaking 24 6.5 53

Declaration and Certification of Finances

The Declaration and Certification of Finances form must be signed by you and your sponsor.


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Do you have questions about the application process that we haven’t answered? We can help. If you already have your UIN, please have it handy when you contact Nedra Robinson, admissions coordinator.

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