Application Checklist

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Applicants need to apply using the University's online application system. All application documents are uploaded to this system. Incomplete applications are not considered.

Application Checklist

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Required of All Applicants

  • Application for Admission to the Graduate College and application processing fee.
    Includes submission of a resumé (not to exceed 750 words) and an applicant statement (not to exceed 1000 words). The resumé should include any non-academic training and employment experience, scholastic and professional memberships, awards, and recognitions, and a list of authored and co-authored publications. The applicant statement should include a personal statement regarding educational and career goals. The applicant statement is particularly important in judging the candidate’s interests in relation to the department’s programs and faculty.
  • Official academic record of all post-secondary level study completed to date. Should include courses taken, grades earned, and degrees awarded. Unofficial transcripts meet this requirement.
  • Three letters of reference, preferably from those familiar with the student’s academic or research experience.
  • GRE general test scores. Should include scores for verbal, quantitative, and analytical or analytical writing sections. Scores should be submitted directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS).
    Institution code: 1836. Department code:  0101.

    The scores are reported to our institution electronically and are available to the department in an institutional database.

Required of Ph.D. Applicants

  • Writing Sample: Examples include a copy of a published paper, a research report, or a selected chapter from an M.S. thesis.  The writing sample must be in English.

Required of International Applicants

  • Attested English translation of academic record if original not in English.
  • If native language is not English, official TOEFL or IELTS results or evidence (such as an academic transcript or degree certificate) of exemption.
    Results should be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS. Scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
    Institution code: 1836.  Department code: 99.
    The University's English Proficiency Requirements are located on the Graduate College's website.

    Graduate applicants whose native language is not English may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission purposes if one of the following criteria is met:
  • Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country** where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    OR
  • Competition of a graduate degree in a country1 where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

** Please check the English Proficiency Requirement for Admission (Exempt Countries) for a list of countries that qualify.

If self-funded or sponsored, appropriate financial certification. See the Evidence of Financial Resources