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Application Process

Now that you have decided to join us in Engineering at Illinois, here are some general guidelines and steps to apply. Be sure to check with your department for any additional requirements.

University Guidelines for Applicants

  • Applicants must have been awarded (or are about to be awarded a four-year bachelor's degree equivalent to that granted by the University of Illinois) to be eligible for graduate programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a three-year program are not eligible for graduate-level admissions consideration at the University of Illinois.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requires applicants to hold at least a 3.0/4.0 or higher GPA in their undergraduate degree to be eligible for graduate studies on this campus.
  • Applicants cannot apply to a master's or doctoral program if they already hold a master's or Ph.D. in that field that is equivalent to the one awarded by Illinois.

International Applicants

This section is for all students whose native language is not English, which includes permanent residents of the United States (green card). All TOEFL or IELTS test scores should be reported through ETS to Illinois. International students are required to submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score as part of their application materials. The University of Illinois has a total minimum score that is required for admission. International students may check to see if they are exempt from this requirement based on their country of citizenship.

Steps to Completing a Graduate Application

  1. Select a program of study.
  2. Review the application materials required and the application deadline located on the department's website. All application materials will be due by the application deadline so it is important to plan accordingly and allow plenty of time.
  3. Complete the online application form.
  4. Carefully read all emails sent from the department and university to ensure no additional forms must be completed after you submit the online application.
  5. Follow up with the department before the application deadline to ensure all application materials have been received. Many departments have an online system that allows you to see what application materials have not been received.