Application Process

Please note that the general Curriculum Studies program is not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. The Health Professions Education/Medical Education strand within Curriculum Studies is still accepting applications.

If you are interested in the general Curriculum Studies program, we encourage you to consider applying to one of UIC's other Ph.D./Ed.D. options within the College of Education that might align with your interests. Please contact the chair of the department of Curriculum & Instruction for any questions or assistance with finding a different program.

The Health Professions Education/Medical Education strand within Curriculum Studies IS accepting applications for 2019-2020.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Janet Settle in the Department of Medical Education at

Please note: The College of Education application, in addition to UIC Graduate application materials, is required for all applicants.

  1. New applicants must complete the UIC Graduate School application.
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  3. If you are a current graduate student at UIC and want to switch programs or degrees sought, please complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the UIC Graduate School application. Please read the Instructions for the Change of Graduate Program form if you are not sure which one to fill out.
  4. Complete the online College of Education application.
  5. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate School application:
    1. Undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts
    2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    3. 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.
    4. Goal Statement: Discuss the kinds of skills, abilities, and understandings that you would anticipate acquiring in a doctoral program. Describe how this interest relates to your personal experience and to your professional and scholarly goals at this time. Faculty will evaluate your essay in terms of its clarity and cohesiveness, and how well your interests match those of the faculty. Please limit your essay to no more than 2,000 words. Upload with the goal statement cover sheet.
  6. Submit GRE test score to UIC.