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


Applications are due January 15.


  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

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.


Submit transcripts with the application online from each university and college attended. Official transcripts are only required from admitted students.

Personal Statement

Submit a statement that addresses your objectives for enrolling in the program. In your statement, make sure to identify your preferred faculty advisors and to explain how your research interests match with theirs.

Letters of recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation in support of your application, preferably from academic sources.

Once you finalize and submit your application and the application fee, the system will send you further instructions (typically on the next business day) on using the application checklist to upload materials and enter information to generate requests to your recommenders for letters.

International students

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.

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Randal Stone


If you have questions about the application process, contact Randal Stone, coordinator of educational programs.

You can contact Randal at:

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