Beginning Summer 2013 all UIC Graduate Applications will require the submission of application materials electronically as part of the application process. Please review the following information to help you successfully navigate the new electronic application system:

  • All uploaded documents must be in PDF format. Word documents will not be accepted.
  • All letters of recommendation must have the recommenders contact information (ie Title, email, phone, employer etc) included in the letter along with an electronic or original signature if they are scanning the document.
  • MS Students seeking financial aid, please only submit 2 letters of reference. We will contact you if you qualify for aid to request a third letter of reference.
  • We do NOT recommend mailing paper items to the department. Any paper items recieved will be delayed by a significant amount of time in matching with the applicant’s electronic file. Please use the upload links to add any documents.
  • Miscellaneous and Supplemental materials are not required. These are optional and are availble for you to upload any additional items you feel will strengthen your application.
  • Any emails sent to the department or the admissions office should contain a UIN, first and last name and date of birth.

Step 1: Submitting your application and materials

Start your application process at the UIC Admissions website. You must wait for the confirmation page at the end of the application before you are prompted to upload credentials (transcripts, TOEFL scores report, proof of degree etc.) directly to your application. *The course evaluation upload should only be used if your transcripts have been evaluated by a third party such as WES or ECE. If you do not have an evaluated transcript do not upload anything into this area.*

3-5 days after submission of the application, you will receive an e-mail from the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) notifying you that your application has been received and that you can log back into your application to submit the supplemental materials required by the department, i.e.

  • Recommendation letters (2 for MS and 3 for PhD)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume

PLEASE NOTE-there are errors in the online application system regarding the submission of departmental documents; A.) You are not required to submit the Admissions Review Cover Sheet B.) Submit either statement of purpose or personal statement, not both.

You can login to your application to check the status of your application. OAR and the department will periodically check in on the applicants’ submitted materials for completeness of the application.

Once your application is complete, the Computer Science department’s graduate admissions committee will review the application and make a decision. The review processes takes 2-3 weeks once your application is complete. Decisions will not be provided over the phone.

All admissions decision made by the department must be approved and finalized by OAR and the Graduate College

Step 2: You are admitted, what’s next?

OAR will email you regarding the submission of any necessary documents to finalize your admission. You will also recieve an invitation via email to the UIC portal which has pertinent information on registering for courses, the UIC campus and other details related to your admission.

If you are an applicant requiring an I20, please follow instructions of the Office of International Services (OIS).

Please inform the Computer Science department of your ‘intent to enroll’ by emailing grad @ The deadlines for accepting or declining our offer of admission is July 15th for Fall semester and November 15th for Spring semester.

Newly admitted CS students can find information on getting started and arriving at UIC here.



Please go over the admission requirements mentioned above. We do not prescreen applicants to help them determine if they are qualified to apply to our program.

Our admissions committee reviews all complete applications irrespective of whether you meet the requirements in all areas. We do not guarantee admission if the requirements are met nor denial of admission if not met. Applicants are reviewed on their overall academic record and all materials submitted are taken into consideration before a decision is made.

All applicants who are admitted are automatically considered for financial aid in the Computer Science department. You need not submit a separate application.

GRE is not mandatory for students who have degrees from the US and are seeking admission only. However, the graduate admission committee may request that you submit GRE scores if they feel they need the score to make a final decision on your admission. If you are seeking financial aid GRE is required.

If you are admitted to our graduate program, you have to submit your original transcripts (or attested transcripts) to the Office of Admissions and Records to be officially admitted to the University.

No, it is not necessary to submit these materials until you are admitted and decide to attend UIC. If you decide to attend UIC, then you have to submit the appropriate document to Office of International Services (OIS).

Once you complete your on-line application, Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) will send confirmation in 3-5 business. At this point you can log back in and upload the supplemental materials required by the department and type in the emails of your recommenders.

Your recommenders will get an email notification of your application and link to upload their recommendation letter.

OAR and the department will periodically check applications for acceptability of the documents submitted.

You should check your application status periodically as well to see if there are any issues with the materials submitted and if your application is complete.

Once the application is considered complete by OAR and department, the Computer Science department graduate admission committee will review the application and make a decision.

Once a decision is made, a letter will be sent to your mailing address.

The best way to keep check this is by logging into your application and checking the status. You are welcome to e-mail the CS department at ‘grad @’ with your University ID number (UIN), your first name, last name and date of birth. We will be able to check the status of your application and provide you an update via email, however we ask that you be patient while we respond; during our busiest time it may take 5-10 business days to reply back. If you do not have or are unsure of your UIN number, we must have your first name, last name and date of birth. **All email requests must be received from the email account listed on your application. We will not provide application information or status to any person other than the applicant. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Be patient. We respond to all e-mail, however there are hundreds of other applicants like you looking for information. Sometimes it will take 5-10 business days before we can respond to your e-mail. Please do not send multiple e-mails. When we give a time period for our follow up response, please wait for that time to elapse before contacting us again.

If you are selected for any Fellowship or teaching assistantship you will be contacted by March for Fall admissions (no fellowships are available for Spring admissions). We contact only the applicants who are offered aid.

Once admitted, you can contact faculty in your area of research interests for possible openings. If the faculty are hiring RA’s and are interested in you, they will contact you back.

Please consult Office of International Service (OIS) for this.

If you are counting on aid from the department, you can wait to hear from the department before submitting the necessary documents. If you are awarded a Fellowship, TA or RA, the department can provide OIS with a copy of the offer letter once you have accepted the offer.

For more General FAQ on Graduate Admissions see