Ready to apply?

Don’t worry, we’ll make this easy.

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
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Faculty commitment to advise form

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 unofficial 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.

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 from individuals who can assess your aptitude and potential to complete doctoral work.

Curriculum Vitae

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

Faculty commitment to advise

Submit the faculty commitment to advise form with your application.

Securing a faculty advisor is required before your application may be reviewed. You may contact faculty members directly to inquire if they would serve as your advisor. This advisor must be a member of the graduate college and will act as your academic mentor throughout the program.

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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Joelle Livermore Lantz


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