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Application Requirements

The following materials are required as noted for all graduate Economics programs (MA and PhD). Heading link

Additional Application Instructions Heading link

Please visit UIC’s central Office of Admissions website for information about the online application system and specific requirements for transcripts/degree certificates/diplomas and English-language proficiency. If you have any questions or problems with the online application system itself, please contact Graduate Admissions directly.

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.

International Applicants Heading link

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 the OIS 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 Heading link

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.