Application and Admission
Admission as a Degree-Seeking Student
Applicants must fill out a web application and receive the confirmation page after submitting the application before being prompted to upload their credentials directly to their application. Three to five days after submission, the applicant will receive an e-mail notifying receipt of his or her application. This e-mail will also contain instructions to log back into the application and submit departmental/supplemental materials.
Applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Applicants are admitted for fall semester only. The application deadline is February 1. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and all post-baccalaureate study. Scores on the GRE General Test above the 50th percentile rank are strongly preferred. The GRE must be taken within five years of the application deadline. To be considered, all applicants must upload all departmental/supplemental application materials. Files that are missing important material will be considered only after the file is complete, but in no case will admission be considered after May 1.
Applications are reviewed by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee throughout the spring semester. Applicants who have been recommended to the Graduate College for admission by the department will be informed by the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Official letters of admission are subsequently sent by the Graduate College. Rejected applicants are notified by the Office of Admissions.
Application for fellowships and teaching assistantships is a separate from admission. If you are admitted and have applied for a fellowship or assistantship, you will receive notice regarding your application in a separate letter during the spring semester.
Admitted applicants should inform the department of their intent to register. Students are invited to meet with the Graduate Director or with the Graduate Advisor before registering. New student registration for Fall Semester is usually held during May. Fall classes begin in late August.
Students may request deferred admission for one academic year. Requests must be made in writing to the department before the first day of the original term of admission.
The non-degree graduate admission classification is designed for individuals who would like to enroll in graduate level courses for professional or personal enrichment and/or who are considering application to the degree program. Non-degree status does not guarantee admission to degree-seeking status.
General, at-large non-degree application requires admission by the Graduate Office of Admission and Records.
Please note: To register for political science graduate courses, general non-degree students must meet course prerequisites and are required to obtain consent from the instructor prior to enrollment.
Nondegree students who wish to apply for degree status must make formal application and follow the same procedures and meet the same deadlines as all other applicants (see application instructions). Eight semester hours of credit earned as a nondegree student may apply towards a political science graduate degree. No grades lower than B are accepted.
The application deadline for graduate international students is February 1 for fall semester admission. All applicants with international credentials must adhere to this deadline.
International students must comply with the regular admission requirements as outlined in this packet. A person who has completed studies outside the United States must present all post-secondary school credentials. Unofficial transcripts uploaded by the applicant are accepted for admission but official transcripts and grade sheets must be received by the end of the fall semester in order for a student to continue at the university. Documents not written in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. In most cases, it is advantageous for applicants to have their credentials evaluated by a professional credential evaluation services such as AACRAO. Copies may be considered acceptable when certified as authentic by the issuing institution.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, administered by the Educational Testing Service within two years prior to admission. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the Graduate College is 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test). The minimum TOEFL iBT scores accepted for admission to the Graduate College are: Reading 19, Speaking 20, Listening 17, Writing 21, and Total 80. The TOEFL is administered in regular intervals at testing centers throughout the world. For information and test dates please visit the Educational Testing Services
Students who have completed at least two academic years of full-time study in a country where English is the native language and in a school where English is the language of instruction within five years of the proposed date of enrollment at UIC, may submit a written request to the Office of Admissions for exemption from the TOEFL examination.
International students must be able to certify that they can finance themselves fully, including room and board, tuition, books, other expenses and travel to and from the United States. Please see the Office of International Students website for information regarding estimated expenses
Applicants who are unable to show satisfactory evidence of adequate finances or who have not sent a notarized certified statement that verifies and documents their source of funding will not be granted admission. Official admission letters and visa documents cannot be issued until certification is received.
Qualified international students may apply for fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers in equal competition with United States applicants. This financial assistance is awarded on the basis of outstanding scholarship, potential to undertake research, and departmental need.
The Office of International Services
provides more information relating to finances, immigration regulations, and cross-cultural activities and programs. Foreign students should report to the Office of International Services as soon as possible after their arriving in Chicago and are encouraged to participate in the orientation program held during the week to the start of the semester.
Admitted students can obtain a housing application and information by clicking here.
English Language Study
The Tutorium in Intensive English is designed for international students who wish to improve their command of the English language. Completion of the course does not waive the TOEFL requirement. For information please click here.
Various types of financial assistance are available each year to promising students in all fields of study in the Graduate College. Information in this packet deals chiefly with aid administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago. It should be noted, however, that there are also nationally sponsored fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Fellowships, that provide support for graduate students. Other fellowships are offered by foundations, industrial organizations, and individuals. Further information and application procedures for nationally sponsored fellowships may be obtained by contacting the agency concerned.
Financial Aid through the Political Science Department
The Political Science Department offers department fellowships, campus fellowship nominations, assistantships, and tuition and fee waivers to some of our graduate students. We also endeavor to locate financial aid opportunities in other university departments and through outside sources. To be considered for university administered and department fellowships, departmental assistantships and Board of Trustee Tuition and Service Fee Waivers, applicants must complete the Application for Graduate Appointment Form
. The form should be submitted to the Political Science graduate office. Letters of recommendation already uploaded for the general application will be applied.
Campus Fellowship Nominations
University Fellowships are awarded to in-coming students on the basis of a campus-wide competition. Applications are due in the departmental office by February 1 and for a second round by April 1.
Doctoral Dean's Scholar Award is a highly competitive prize presented by the Dean of the Graduate College in recognition of an advanced student's scholarly achievement. It is designed to provide opportunity for intensive research without teaching obligations.
Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowships provide support for individuals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in graduate education.
DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program), established by the Illinois General Assembly, provides financial assistance to members of traditionally underrepresented racial minority groups. Recipients must agree to accept teaching or administrative employment at an Illinois postsecondary institution or with an Illinois higher education governing or coordinating board.
Department Financial Aid
Assistantships, which include a monthly stipend and tuition and fee waiver, are awarded through the Political Science Department contingent on yearly funding. Funding does not exist to cover all students in the program. Although most teaching assistantship appointments are awarded to graduate students who have completed one or more semesters of study, a limited number of appointments are available for exceptional first-year students. Graduate appointments are awarded based on academic merit. The department considers merit, not financial need, when awarding assistantships. The department awards the Doris A. Graber Award to outstanding first year students, and the Ragsdale Award to outstanding first year or continuing students.
Tuition and Fee Waivers are available each semester. The Graduate College provides a few independent Board of Trustee Tuition and Service Fee Waivers to each department for talented full-time students. These are awarded by the department based on merit.
Other Sources of Financial Aid
Illinois Veterans Scholarships covering application fees, tuition and part of the service fees are available to persons who served in the Armed Forces on or before May 7, 1975.
University Administered Loans and Work Study opportunities are coordinated by Office of Student Financial Aid from a variety of federal and state financial aid programs. Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work Study.
The Student Employment Office Job Center, 2200 Student Services Building, assists students in finding employment to help defray educational costs. It maintains job listings of part- and full-time openings on the campus as well as in agencies and business firms in the Chicago area. Phone: (312) 996-3130.