Graduate Application

The graduate program in Biological Sciences offers a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes original research and prepares students for research, teaching, and curatorial careers in academic, governmental, and industrial settings.  Opportunities for student research range from theoretical to applied questions and from laboratory research to field studies at local and international sites.  High priority is given to students pursuing the Ph.D. degree; occasionally, well-qualified applicants for the M.S. degree may be considered. Students are admitted for fall semester only. 

To our applicants for Fall 2018 admission:

Thank you for considering graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

While we do encourage applicants to submit all materials by December 1st, this is a guideline for us, not a deadline. Our primary season for review begins at the end of December/early January and continues through March. [If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the department's graduate advisor, Beth Brand ( 312-996-2955).]

Please note that applicants do not send hard copy academic documents/transcripts to UIC as part of their application, but rather scan and upload these documents to the system for the department and central graduate admissions to then access and review. Recommenders also upload reference letters through this system. Submission of official sealed hard copy (or official electronic) academic documents/transcripts becomes a requirement only if an applicant is admitted. The set of required materials that constitutes a complete application and the method of submission is given below:

  • Personal statement [upload]
  • Resume or curriculum vitae/CV [upload]
  • 3 letters of recommendation [system generates request to recommender with instructions; recommender uploads to system]
  • 'Application for Graduate Appointment' Form [upload]
  • 'Research Area / Potential Faculty Advisor' form  [upload]
  • List of in progress and planned courses (if any), with institution, course # and name, term [type and upload as a pdf]
  • 'Research Area / Degree' form [on-line form accessed on system checklist]
  • GRE general exam scores [request that ETS transmit official score reports to UIC]
Optional materials (research documents, cover letter, 4th recommendation,
miscellaneous academic and other support documents) may also be uploaded for
inclusion in your application file.

To begin your application process, go to the UIC Admissions website . You will need to choose either 'Domestic-degree-seeking' or 'International-degree-seeking'. The system will prompt you to create a user id and password. You can then enter your application information (contact information, educational history, etc.). Once you finalize and submit this information and the application fee, the system will send you further instructions (typically in the next several business days) on using the application checklist to upload materials and enter information to generate requests to your recommenders for letters.

Please note that you do not have to enter and submit all application information, or upload all materials, at one sitting. You can return to the system as many times as you need to. You can also return to the system checklist as often as you like to see what materials have been successfully uploaded, and subsequently verified as received by the department.

Thank you again for your interest in graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences at UIC. If you have any questions regarding the program or application/review process, please don't hesitate to contact me at any time.

Best regards,

Beth Brand
Graduate Academic Advisor
Department of Biological Sciences/UIC 312-996-2955