Application Process

Fall Deadline:  December 1

Deadline to be considered for fellowships:  November 15

NOTE:  Faculty recommend new doctoral students for University Fellowships and Access to Excellence Fellowships (formerly Abraham Lincoln Fellowships). In order to be considered for a faculty recommendation, you must submit your application by November 15.  Read more about the Fellowships.

  1. New applicants to UIC must complete the UIC Graduate Admissions application.
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  3. Current UIC graduate students who want to change or add programs or degrees should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the application. Please read the instructions if you are not sure which one to fill out, or contact with questions.
  4. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate Admissions 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.  For PhD applications in the Human Development and Learning focus, 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.
  5. Submit GRE test score to UIC. View the UIC Catalog for information on required test scores.