New UIC Applicants

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science admits qualified students on a competitive basis to its graduate programs each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). New international applicants to the university are admitted beginning in the Fall term only, due to the time required to issue I-20s and the availability of funds.

Before applying, applicants should review the prerequisites for the program of interest to make sure the minimum qualifications have been met.

Applicants currently in the US on a visa must apply as "international". To receive full consideration, initial application materials must be received by these deadlines:

  • December 15 for Fall semester admission (domestic and international)
  • October 1 for Spring semester (domestic applicants only)
  • March 15 for Summer semester (domestic applicants only)

Recommendation letters, TOEFL and GRE scores can be submitted after deadline, but as soon as possible.

Note: Nominations for the UIC University Fellowship require submission of all application materials in early December.

UIC belongs to the Council of Graduate Schools (CSG) whose member institutions may extend offers of fellowships or assistantships to applicants at any time, but may not require a response from applicants before April 15th. Applicants are encouraged to check this web link,, for additional details and a list of participating institutions.


All UIC graduate program applicants are required to submit the departmental and the institutional application materials electronically.

Here are a few notes to help you get started:

To begin your application, visit the Graduate Admissions Document Upload Guide. As indicated, you must wait for the confirmation page at the end of the application before you are prompted to upload credentials directly to your application.

You must upload your own documents, including a PDF copy of your transcripts. Do NOT send official paper academic credentials by mail, and do not send course histories that you have accessed online.

Within 5 days after submission of your application, you will receive an e-mail from Graduate Admissions notifying you that your application has been received. You can then log back into your application to view a checklist of the required MSCS departmental materials (See "Additional Program Requirements") and to upload required items. PDF files are required.

On the application you will provide the email addresses of 3 references. A request for a letter of recommendation will then be sent to the designated individuals along with instructions on uploading their letters to your application file. The application system will keep track of these requests and will report their receipt on your checklist.

Bank and financial documentation from international applicants are NOT required until after an applicant has been admitted to UIC.

Applications are considered complete once ALL required departmental materials and academic credentials have been uploaded or received. Refer to your checklist to view a complete list of required items and the status of their receipt. Any item without a "Received Date" or a status other than "Verified-Correct" would indicate that the item is still missing and your application is not complete.

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