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Liautaud Admissions


Welcome from the Liautaud Admissions Director

Thank you for your interest in the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business! My name is Caroline LaTorre, Director of Recruitment and Enrollment. I work with all applicants and am delighted to work with you. 

As you start the admissions process, here are a few hints to help make the process go smoothly:

  1. We have moved to a paperless process. We do not accept hard copy paper documents or mail documents to our offices. Instead, use only the upload feature of our online application. This saves you the time, effort and expense of mailing transcripts to us during the initial processing and review of your application.

  2. Please make sure you have your first and last name on all application materials so that we can match those documents to your file. If you have nicknames or have several names that you use, please be consistent and use only one name/the same name. If you can also reference your application ID number and/or date of birth date, that would also be very helpful when processing your documents.

  3. If you want to check the status of your application, please log into your online application and check the status at any time.

  4. Please be patient and kind to your admissions staff. We receive a huge volume of application documents and test scores from all over the world. It typically takes us a few days to evaluate and process those documents as they arrive. As always, if you feel that we may be missing a document, please feel free to contact us.

  5. If you have already submitted application documents online, do not send duplicate documents by mail. Also, please do not send additional documents that are not on the application check list. This will result in slower application processing times due to the increased paperwork.

  6. If you are invited for an admissions interview, please review the web site and conduct other research about the program. Please treat an admissions interview like a job interview. Be on time, dress professionally, and be well-prepared.

     

  7. Please only upload your application documents to the graduate school of business online application system, called ApplyYourself. The business school staff will upload your documents to the main UIC admissions system if you are admitted. Please disregard any automated email requests asking you to upload documents to the main UIC system.
Caroline La TorreIf you have any questions about applying to the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business, please feel free to contact us.

I look forward to working with you!

Caroline La Torre


Deadlines

Our university holds strict application deadlines. It is important for applicants to know the upcoming deadlines for the term they want to apply for and plan ahead accordingly. Our online application system is locked at 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the date of each application deadline and will not take new applications for that respective term after this time. 

For the fastest processing, we require that you upload copies of official transcripts and other documents with your UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application. Please do not mail or fax in a copy of the credentials which you have uploaded to your online application.

Applicants have a one month grace period after the deadline to submit all supplemental materials. Only the online application and fee are due on the deadline date.

 
Domestic Applicants*

International Applicants*

Fall Semester


June 15 February 15

Summer (MBA & MSA only) 

March 15

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Spring Semester

November 1 July 15


Doctoral Programs

   
All Applicants


Fall Semester
 
 
January 1


*Please refer to the UIC Admissions residency page for domestic and international deadline definitions. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Admissions at lgsb@uic.edu. To check the status of your application at any time, please log back into the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application.

Financing Your Education

Liautaud Scholars Program
UIC Liautaud is proud to offer the Liautaud Scholars program for highly qualified full-time MBA students, a program that includes merit-based scholarships providing tuition remission. Liautaud Scholars join a cohorted program to complete their core courses, and they participate in a Leadership Development program that prepares them for highly-competitive career opportunities at the end of their studies.

To apply, complete an application for admission and submit all supporting materials, including transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, resume and statement of purpose by the application deadline for fall admission.  

Liautaud Scholars pursue outstanding career opportunities upon completing their MBA degrees. Recent graduates are in working in the following organizations:

• Deloitte Consulting
• James Hardie Building Products
• Citi
• TransUnion
• PWC Consulting
• Crowe, Horwath
• True North Consulting
• CDW
• McGladrey
• JDA Software


Graduate Assistantships

Students who enrolled for eight or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. These on-campus opportunities provide students with a partial tuition waiver and a stipend that varies in amount according to the time worked. Students are responsible for finding their own assistantships, just as one would find a job.


Partial Tuition Waivers 

A limited number of partial tuition and fee waivers are available for incoming UIC Liautaud students. Funding awards are based on academic merit. The Liautaud Graduate School of Business programs office evaluates all applicants for these awards during the admissions process, therefore students do not need to apply separately for a waiver. You will be notified during the admissions process if you are being considered for a Liautaud scholarship and/or a partial tuition and service fee waiver.


Science and Technology Fellowship Opportunity for MBA Candidates


You could be a candidate for a two-year fellowship offered by UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business, UIC’s Office of Technology Management, and IllinoisVENTURES

These fellowships offer:
• Tuition remission and a monthly stipend in exchange for working 20 hours per week with IllinoisVENTURES or UIC’s Office of Technology Management
• An opportunity to work with Chicago’s innovators and start-up community
• Work with the leading research faculty to license or sell their discoveries to the private sector

IllinoisVENTURES has been consistently named by Entrepreneur Magazine to its national list of the 
Top 100 Venture Capital Firms.

Eligibility: Candidates must have prior education and professional experience in science, engineering or technology and must apply for FALL admission to UIC Liautaud.

UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities, a place where outstanding faculty, staff, and students come together to further the pursuit of scientific understanding and innovation. A shining example of this is the Technology Ventures program offered at UIC Liautaud. It has produced a half-dozen sustained start-up firms in its seven year history, many based on technology developed at UIC.

For more information on these unique funding opportunities, visit our blog


Veteran's Benefits

UIC Liautaud eagerly welcomes veterans and participates in a number of programs designed specifically for U.S. Military Veterans. Veterans who are eligible for education and training benefits while attending the university, or who require information concerning veteran's benefits for education, click here.


Federal Funding

You may be eligible for up to $20,000 per year of Federal loan funding whether you plan to study on a part-time or full-time basis! Regardless of your economic status you may qualify for Federal funding. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps students begin the process of determining how to pay for their program. The application is available to domestic students who are interested in pursuing a degree from an accredited institution. The funds are government loans and are made available to domestic students who are not in default of past student loans and have correctly submitted the FAFSA form. The current amount available for an MBA Program is $20,500 per year. This amount covers the full annual cost of some programs. If a student attends a program that costs more than this amount, they may then look for additional funds in the private lending market. These additional loans may be found at a traditional bank that offers student loans and includes an application and usually a credit check. UIC Federal School Code: 001776


Please refer to our Tuition tab above for additional information.

Selection Criteria

The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business uses a competitive selection process to identify highly motivated professionals looking to take their career to the next level.

Prerequisites

Master of Business Administration (MBA): we expect incoming students to have a statistics course with regression analysis within their academic history. This course may be taken before entering the program or during the first semester of study.

Academic Record

A business-related undergraduate degree is not required to be admitted to our masters programs. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0. If you are an international student, you are required to submit official transcripts and degree certificates so that we are able to verify the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. For more details, click here

Work Experience

Work experience is an important criterion for being selected for the UIC Liautaud MBA program as we strive to create an environment where students learn from the professional experiences of one another.  This creates a dynamic learning environment which enhances the student’s overall experience in the program. Specialized master’s degree programs (MSA, MIS) do not use work experience as part of their selection criteria.

Test Scores

GMAT: Our average GMAT score for each incoming class is approximately 600, across all programs. Our typical score range is 500-700. The score is important as it helps determine your ability to perform well in our courses.

GRE: The admissions committee prefers a combined verbal/quantitative score of 300 or higher on the newest GRE scale. 

Please note that we do not waive these exams in lieu of work experience, prior degrees earned, prior academic performance/ GPA, or any other factors. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. Please contact the testing company for full details.

TOEFL: 

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

Paper-based exam - 550
Computer-based exam - 213
 
IBT Scores: 
Writing - 21
Speaking - 20
Listening - 17
Reading - 19
Total score - 80
 
IELTS Scores:
Listening - 6.0
Writing - 6.0
Reading - 6.0
Speaking - 6.0
Total Score - 6.5

Please note TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years. Please contact the testing company for full details.

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation from references who know you in a professional manner and can attest to your professional abilities. Specialized master’s degree programs also accept letters from previous professors who can speak to your academic abilities. For more tips on letter of recommendations, check out our Admissions blog post

Personal Statement

This section of the application provides you with the opportunity to discuss your career goals and why you think the UIC Liautaud program is a good fit. Guidelines are provided in the online application. 

Interview

MBA only: All completed applications are reviewed by the admissions committee and qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.  The interview is meant to provide the admissions committee with more information on your qualifications, career goals, and potential contribution to the Liautaud community.  The interview also provides you with the opportunity to meet with us and address all of your questions about our program. Check out our blog post on MBA interviews for more tips. 

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Admissions at lgsb@uic.edu.

Tuition

COST PER SEMESTER:



 


Full-Time Student 


             
Part-Time Student


 

   12 credit hours or more per semester 


6-11 credit hours per semester

1-5 credit hours per semester

Illinois Residents* 


 $9,977


$6,651


$3,326 


Non-Illinois Residents*


$15,976


$10,651

$5,325 


APPROXIMATE COST PER COURSE:




     Illinois Residents*          


                        $3,326                     


      Non-Illinois Residents*          

 
 $5,325


 
TOTAL COST OF MBA PROGRAM:



 

 
Full-Time Student 

             
Part-Time Student

 

Weekend MBA

 

CMBA

 
 
 12 hours or more per
   semester for 4 semesters     


6-11 credit hours per
    semester for 7 semesters   

 

Illinois Residents* 

$39,908 $46,557  $36,488  $24,896

  Non-Illinois Residents*  

$63,904 $74,557  $58,486  $39,893

 
MSA and MS-MIS programs: 
The number of courses/credits required to complete these degrees may vary by student and is determined at the time of admission. 


Notes:

1. One course is equivalent to 4 credit hours.

2. The above tuition rates EXCLUDE all UIC student fees.

* Please refer to the UIC Admissions residency page for more information about residency definitions.

For a detailed and up-to-date listing of all UIC fees and current tuition, please refer to the UIC Admissions and Records website.

I-20 Visa Process

See below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the I-20/Student Visa process. As always, if you have any additional questions, please contact the Admissions team at lgsb@uic.edu or (312) 996-4573.

When do I submit the International Student Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and supporting financial documents?

UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial support at the time of application. If you have received a letter of admission from the UIC Office of Admissions or an official notification asking for financial documents from OIS, you will need to provide a bank statement or letter and a signed UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form.

What documents do I need to submit and what is the process?

Please refer to the Office of International Services for assistance. 

Admissions Checklist

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Completed Online Application
  • UIC Supplemental Application and non-refundable application fee ($60 - Domestic / $60 - International). Credit card payment is required. Applicants will be prompted to submit both items and provided instructions when they fill out the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application.
  • Academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions (uploaded within the online application)
  • Official GMAT score (Applicants can upload a copy of their unofficial score report to the online application). Please indicate that you wish to have your scores sent to University of Illinois-Chicago: Liautaud Graduate School of Business: MBA, Part Time or MBA, Full Time.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Applicants will supply the names and email of their recommender on the online application. We will then email recommenders directions for completing the online recommendation form.
  • Personal Statement (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)
  • Current Resume (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application) 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Official TOEFL score- school code 1851 (please include a copy with your supporting documents) Please note that we also accept the IELTS. To learn about our minimum score requirements and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions, click here
  • Proof of Degree/ Degree Certificates for any degree earned.
UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial support at the time of application. If you have received a letter of admission from the UIC Office of Admissions or an official notification asking for financial documents from the Office of International Service (OIS), you will need to provide a bank statement or letter and a signed UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Please do not send us your financial/ visa related questions and/or documents. 

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

  • Completed Online Application
  • UIC Supplemental Application and non-refundable application fee ($60 - Domestic / $60 - International). Credit card payment is required. Applicants will be prompted to submit both items and provided instructions when they fill out the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application.
  • Academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions (uploaded within the online application)
  • Official GMAT score (Applicants can upload a copy of their unofficial score report to the online application).
  • Two letters of recommendation: Applicants will supply the names and email of their recommender on the online application. We will then email recommenders directions for completing the online recommendation form.
  • Personal Statement (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)
  • Current Resume (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Official TOEFL score- school code 1851 (please include a copy with your supporting documents) Please note that we also accept the IELTS. To learn about our minimum score requirements and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions, click here
  • Proof of Degree/ Degree Certificates for any degree earned. 
UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial support at the time of application. If you have received a letter of admission from the UIC Office of Admissions or an official notification asking for financial documents from the Office of International Service (OIS), you will need to provide a bank statement or letter and a signed UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Please do not send us your financial/ visa related questions and/or documents. 

Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS)

  • Completed Online Application
  • UIC Supplemental Application and non-refundable application fee ($60 - Domestic / $60 - International). Credit card payment is required. Applicants will be prompted to submit both items and provided instructions when they fill out the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application.
  • Academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions (uploaded within the online application)
  • Official GMAT or GRE score – (GMAT Strongly Preferred) (Applicants can upload a copy of their unofficial score report to the online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation: Applicants will supply the names and email of their recommender on the online application. We will then email recommenders directions for completing the online recommendation form.
  • Personal Statement (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)
  • Current Resume (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application) 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Official TOEFL score- school code 1851 (please include a copy with your supporting documents) Please note that we also accept the IELTS. To learn about our minimum score requirements and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions, click here
  • Proof of Degree/ Degree Certificates for any degree earned. 
UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial support at the time of application. If you have received a letter of admission from the UIC Office of Admissions or an official notification asking for financial documents from the Office of International Service (OIS), you will need to provide a bank statement or letter and a signed UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Please do not send us your financial/ visa related questions and/or documents. 

Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

  • Completed Online Application
  • UIC Supplemental Application and non-refundable application fee ($60 - Domestic / $60 - International). Credit card payment is required. Applicants will be prompted to submit both items and provided instructions when they fill out the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application.
  • Academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions (uploaded within the online application)
  • Official GMAT or GRE score – (GMAT Strongly Preferred) (Applicants can upload a copy of their unofficial score report to the online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation: Applicants will supply the names and email of their recommender on the online application. We will then email recommenders directions for completing the online recommendation form.
  • Personal Statement (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)
  • Current Resume (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application) 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Official TOEFL score- school code 1851 (please include a copy with your supporting documents) Please note that we also accept the IELTS. To learn about our minimum score requirements and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions, click here
  • Proof of Degree/ Degree Certificates for any degree earned. 
UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial support at the time of application. If you have received a letter of admission from the UIC Office of Admissions or an official notification asking for financial documents from the Office of International Service (OIS), you will need to provide a bank statement or letter and a signed UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Please do not send us your financial/ visa related questions and/or documents. 

PhD in Business Administration or PhD in MIS

  • Completed Online Application
  • UIC Supplemental Application and non-refundable application fee ($60 - Domestic / $60 - International). Credit card payment is required. Applicants will be prompted to submit both items and provided instructions when they fill out the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business online application.
  • Academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions (uploaded within the online application)
  • Official GRE or GMAT (preferred) score- school code 1851 (Applicants can upload a copy of their unofficial score report to the online application)
  • Three letters of recommendation: Applicants will supply the names and email of their recommender on the online application. We will then email recommenders directions for completing the online recommendation form. 
  • Personal Statement (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application) Current Resume (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)
  • Writing Sample - Writing samples commonly submitted by PhD applicants include: scholarly papers, an academic thesis, a professional white paper, and published works. (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application) 
  • Published Works (optional) 
  • Current Resume (Applicants can upload a copy of this document within the online application)

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Official TOEFL score- school code 1851 (please include a copy with your supporting documents) Please note that we also accept the IELTS. To learn about our minimum score requirements and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions, click here
  • Proof of Degree/ Degree Certificates for any degree earned.
UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial support at the time of application. If you have received a letter of admission from the UIC Office of Admissions or an official notification asking for financial documents from the Office of International Service (OIS), you will need to provide a bank statement or letter and a signed UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Please do not send us your financial/ visa related questions and/or documents. 

Frequently Asked Questions

As you start the admissions process, check out our FAQs page to help make the process go smoothly. Click a link to browse by topic.