How to Apply

The application process at UIC is completed entirely online. The materials required to complete an application are detailed in the list below, and specific information on the online application system can be found on the Office of Admissions website.

Please see the Office of Admissions website for specific information on the online application system, and exact requirements for transcripts/degree certificates/diplomas and the English-language proficiency exam. If you have any questions or problems with the online application system itself, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records.

If you have any inquiries about the Department of Economics program requirements, application materials or the application process, please email us at econ.uic@gmail.com or call 312-413-0468. 

The following materials will be required as noted for MA in Economics and PhD in Economics applicants:

  1. Online Application  Required for all programs.
  2. Application fee(s) Required for all programs. All applicants must pay the $70 general application fee. International applicants whose academic credentials are from institutions outside the U.S. are subject to a $50 international credential evaluation fee.
  3. Transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended: Required for all programs. Only photocopies or scans of your transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas are needed for application consideration. These copies should be uploaded to the online application system. International applicants are required to submit both an original language version and an English translation. Once you are admitted to UIC, you must then provide originals of all your transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas for your official records.
  4. TOEFL/IELTS exam: The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for international applicants (all programs) whose native language is not English. These scores should be reported to the University through ETS. The English-proficiency exam requirement may be waived if the student has at least two years of full-time study or a completed degree at a U.S. (or a university in a country where English is the only official language, i.e. U.K., Australia, Canada). For more information on whether or not applicants from your country must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, or to see waiver policies, please visit the Office of Admissions site.
  5. GRE Test scores: Required for all programs. These scores should be reported to the university by the Educational Testing Service. UIC's reporting code is 1851. These scores will be delivered to UIC and matched to your application file.
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation: Required for all programs. Letters should be on letterhead stationary from the recommender’s institution. Form and content is at the discretion of the recommender. Recommenders may be from either inside or outside academia, but should have knowledge of the applicant's potential for graduate study. The online application system will request the name and email address of each recommender, and send them an email requesting that they upload their letters directly to the system.
  7. Personal Statement: Required for all programs. Applicants should submit a one-page statement summarizing their reasons for pursuing graduate study in Economics and their plans and objectives.
  8. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Required for all programs.
  9. Writing Sample: Required for all PhD applicants and international MA applicants. All PhD applicants and international MA applicants are required to submit a writing sample in English, such as a paper written during school.

Please see the Office of Admissions website for specific information on the online application system, and exact requirements for transcripts/degree certificates/diplomas and the English-language proficiency exam. If you have any questions or problems with the online application system itself, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 312-996-4350.

When uploading materials to the online application system, we have provided one extra section titled “Optional Miscellaneous Document.” Should you decide to submit any extra supporting documents for consideration alongside your other application materials, please submit them as one file in this section. Do not upload extra materials under the sections for required materials (for example, uploading an extra writing sample under “Personal Statement”.) Do not upload academic credentials in these optional fields; academic credentials should only be submitted in their designated upload fields.

If your application remains incomplete for a long period of time, you will be sent a notification email requesting the missing materials. Should the Department of Economics or its Graduate Admissions Committee determine that additional materials are needed, an upload section will be added to the online application system and a notification email generated, or the Department of Economics will contact the applicant directly.

An application file is submitted to our Graduate Admissions Committee for consideration soon after all materials have been uploaded/submitted and the materials have been verified as correct. An admissions decision can take anywhere from four to six weeks once the application file has been submitted to the Committee. We do not begin making admissions decisions until late February. The decision can be viewed through the online application portal, and any offer of admission from the Department of Economics will also be sent to the mailing address provided as soon as a decision is made. Once we have made our decision as a Department, your admission will then need to be approved by the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions will issue your official letter of acceptance from the University once they formally approve your admission. 

Should your address, email, or other contact information change after you have completed the application process, please update the online application portal and notify us by email at econ.uic@gmail.com as soon as possible.



Admission Deadlines

MA in Applied Economics: 
Please note that the application process for the M.A. in Applied Economics is still under the prior application system for Summer 2018 admission. Please see the MA in Applied Economics program page for full information and deadlines.

PhD and MA in Economics:
These programs admit students only for the Fall semester of each year (no Spring or Summer semester admissions). The application deadline for Fall admission is January 1st (with all supplemental materials submitted by January 15th) for domestic and international applicants who desire financial aid from the department. For international students not seeking financial aid, the deadline for completed applications is February 15th. For domestic students not seeking financial aid, the deadline for completed applications is March 15th.

International Applicants 

Any questions regarding visa applications or other concerns should be directed to the Office of International Services. If you are admitted to the program, OIS will contact you regarding the I-20 and supporting documents as soon as they have received your official letter of admission from the Office of Admissions. They will require an Affidavit of Support form and a supporting financial document. Please find the forms and contact information on their website. While the upload fields for the OIS documents are available immediately, you do not have to upload these documents before your application deadline, as they are not utilized by the Graduate Admissions Committee for application consideration.

Non-degree Admission 

Applicants wishing only to take graduate level courses and not pursue a full degree may apply for general unassigned non-degree graduate status. The only documentation required is an application, application fee and proof of undergraduate degree (transcript and degree certificate/diploma). Non-degree applicants may later apply for a degree program and, if accepted, transfer up to 12 hours of credit earned as a non-degree student to their degree. Non-degree status is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.