II. Applying to the Graduate College

Minimum Requirements

The Graduate College minimum requirements for full status admission are listed below:

  • Applicants with at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA.
  • Applicants enrolled in the final year of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a or comparable degree program from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad, and who meet the GPA requirements stated above.
  • International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.
  • English proficiency must also be demonstrated. Please review our English Proficiency requirements page for more detailed information.

Important: Your proposed program of study may have additional minimum requirements for admission into their academic programs. It is important to review their website for program admission requirement information.

Defining Applicants as International or Domestic

The non-refundable application fee amount is determined by your citizenship and/or visa status. Payment may be made online via credit card. Your application cannot be review until the application fee has been processed. You will be prompted to pay your application fee after submitting your online application. If the application fee is not paid within 3 weeks, your application will be unsubmitted.

Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, or have been granted Asylee, Refugee or Paroled in the Public Interest status by the United States government. Domestic applicants are required to submit a the domestic application fee. Lawful Permanent Residents are also required to upload a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) directly to the online application. If you have submitted an application, but have not yet been approved for United States Permanent Residency, please see the instructions for International applicants in the next section.

International Applicants

International applicants are citizens or permanent residents of a country to which they intend to return other than the United States. International applicants may be in the United States on an educational, worker or visitor visa, or be residing in their home country. International applicants are required to submit the international application fee by credit card. International applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility documents are also required to provide evidence of financial support.

Please note: International applicants who have filed an application for United States Permanent Residency, but have not yet been granted approval, are considered International applicants and are required to submit the international application fee (effective with 2011 applications) but are not required to provide financial documentation. 


Certain domestic applicants (University of Illinois Civil Service Staff, Academic Professionals, Faculty, Employees of Allied Agencies, SROP Participants, or applicants to designated programs, such as Project 1000, McNair Scholars, Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp) may be eligible for an application fee waiver or exemption. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, choose the appropriate waiver in the "Application Information" section of the online application. Unfortunately, unless the applicant is covered by one of the waivers described above, the application fee will not be waived.


Applying to Multiple Programs

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to multiple programs of study should submit multiple applications, application fees, and appropriate supporting materials to each program of study office. You will only need to create one online application account and can add multiple applications to this account. Students may be enrolled in only one program of study at a time, unless enrolled in an approved joint program of study.

Please note that your application may be considered for multiple programs if your application is not selected for admission by your original proposed program. However, many departments require an additional application to be submitted before reviewing for additional programs. 


Joint Programs of Study

How to Apply to a Joint Program within the Graduate College

If applying to a joint degree program for admission, you will be required to submit two online graduate applications. Each application has program-specific application questions and upload requirements, so an individual application is required. In the online application, you will be able to select a Primary Program and a Secondary Program. You'll need to submit one application with Program A as your Primary Program, and another application Program B as your Primary Program.

You application will be viewed by both academic programs and you only need to pay one application fee. When submitting your second application, please indicate "Joint Program 2nd Application" in the Allied Agency field in the Application Fee Waiver section on the Program page.

For a complete list of joint programs available to applicants, please visit our Academic Catalog.

How to Apply to a Joint Program with the College of Law

If applying to a joint degree program with the College of Law's JD program for admission, you will be required to submit one graduate online application and another separate application for the College of Law through http://www.law.illinois.edu or www.lsac.org.
For instructions regarding College of Law acceptance for this joint program, please visit the College of Law website for more information.

Applying to Online and Site-Based Programs

Many graduate programs are offered completely online or in a format of online with some campus visits required. Some programs are offered at site-based locations throughout Illinois. Click here for a list of online and site-based programs.

International Students
I-20s will not be issued to international students admitted to online programs. International students may only enroll in online programs at the University of Illinois if they maintain a non-student visa status that allows for study, or if the student plans to remain in his/her home country for the duration of the online program.