Application Process

Fall Deadline: March 15

  1. Applicants who are not currently registered graduate students at UIC must complete the UIC Graduate School application. Submit your application fee when completing the application.If you are a current graduate student at UIC and want to switch programs or degrees sought, add a second program or change to another program after earning a graduate degree (eg., master to doctoral program) you should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the application.  Please read the Instructions for the Change of Graduate Program form if you are not sure which one to fill out.
  2. Complete the online College of Education application.
  3. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate School application.-Upload undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts.

    -TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only

    -Three letters of recommendation.  These letters should address the applicant’s academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children.-Personal statement.  This statement should discuss your professional goals and overall goals for the program.  Some things to consider mentioning when writing your statement are your reasons for applying, experiences that sparked your interest, goals for the program and experiences you hope to take away from the program, how your program will relate to your career goals, and what are your experiences with and beliefs about working with children/youth in urban environments. Students applying for the thesis strand should emphasize their research goals and identify a potential thesis advisor(s) from among the Educational Psychology faculty.