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.

How to Apply: New Applicants to UIC

  1. Complete the UIC Graduate Admissions application.
  2. All required documents should be uploaded online. Please follow any prompts or instructions as you progress through the 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.
    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. Submit with the goal statement cover sheet.
  3. Submit GRE test score to UIC. Our institutional code is 1851.
  4. If being considered for admission, the applicant will participate in a face-to-face or phone interview with faculty.

How To Apply: Current Graduate Students at UIC

  1. 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.
  2. Compile these documents along with the Request for Change of Graduate Program form, and submit a paper copy to the Office of Student Services in Room 3145, ETMSW (1040 W. Harrison).
    1. Undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts. For current College of Education students, we will make copies of any transcripts you have on file from your previous application.
    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.
    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. Submit with the goal statement cover sheet.
  3. Submit GRE test score to UIC. Our institutional code is 1851.
  4. If being considered for admission, the applicant will participate in a face-to-face or phone interview with faculty.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact our doctoral programs advisor: