Graduate Admissions

Accelerate your career with a proven education from UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School.

Our graduate business programs provide you with relevant real-world instruction and outstanding professional development. You will acquire knowledge and skills that will help you stand out and enable you to take the next step in your career.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn about our programs. If you would like more information, we invite you to attend an upcoming admissions event, or reach out to us so that we can assist to you one to one.

Please note: The UIC Business recruitment team is working remotely and we are eager to assist you. Please contact us at or click the red Live Chat icon on this page if you have any questions or would like to connect with us. Live Chat is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST. If you prefer to speak by phone, we are happy to schedule an appointment with you. 

Temporary GMAT/GRE Waivers Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE/GMAT requirement will be waived for UIC Business Master of Science (MS) degree program applicants for Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. MS applicants who would like to submit GRE/GMAT test scores with their application may still do so.

The GRE/GMAT will be waived for applicants to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program for Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 who have at least two years of post-bachelor’s full-time professional work experience. MBA applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree less than one year before their intended MBA start date or who have less than two years of post-bachelor’s professional work experience must submit the MBA Program Waiver form and additional required materials to be assessed for readiness for MBA program admission consideration.

The MBA waiver request must be submitted one month before the application deadline. MBA applicants who would like to submit GRE/GMAT test scores with their application may still do so.

MBA Program Waiver Form

Spring 2021 Admission Deadlines

Summer 2021 Admission Deadlines

Start Your Application

The application process is paperless. The application and all required materials are to be submitted electronically through the UIC Apply system.

  • Test Scores: GMAT or GRE scores are accepted by all programs. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. Applicants to the MBA program may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver. See GRE/GMAT updates above for COVID-19 test score waiver related information.
  • Academic Record: Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better (or equivalent).  A business-related undergraduate degree is not required to be admitted to our master’s programs.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We require two letters of recommendation (LOR) 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. Once you start an application, you will submit the recommenders’ names and contact information, and they will complete an electronic recommendation form. Due to COVID 19, several programs are reducing or waiving LOR requirements for 2021 start term applicants.
  • Personal Statement: The personal statement provides you with the opportunity to discuss your career goals and why you think the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School program is a good fit. Guidelines are provided in the online application.
  • Work Experience: All applicants must upload a CV/resume. MBA applicants are expected to have at least two years of business related work experience after the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Historically, students admitted to our program had more than this level of experience when applying to the UIC Business MBA program. Work experience is not required for the specialized master’s programs and can be waived for highly qualified applicants to the Accelerated MBA.
  • $70 application fee
  • Interview: MBA applicants only. All completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

International Applicants

Please visit the central UIC admissions website for more information on the application process and additional requirements.

UIC Global 

UIC Global is an optional admissions program for international applicants that provides additional language, cultural and academic support to international students as they begin their graduate school career in the United States. You can learn about UIC Global here.

It is not mandatory to work with a UIC Global agent in order to apply to UIC Business. You can apply directly to UIC Business at and the UIC Business admissions team will work directly with you on any questions you have.

UIC Business admissions requirements and deadlines for international applicants are the same whether you apply through UIC Global, or through the regular UIC admissions pathway. Admitted UIC Global applicants receive additional support services and cultural experiences described on the UIC Global website. Students admitted through UIC Global are not eligible for consideration for UIC Graduate or Teaching Assistantships (i.e. tuition waivers), and have credit hour limitations in the first term.

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  • Graduate Assistantships

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

  • Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

    Applicants are considered for merit aid opportunities after they have been admitted. Funding awards are based on the overall strength of the application. A separate application is not required. Award amounts vary and are applied directly to the student account. A limited number of UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School Scholar full tuition waivers are available, which also include partial fee waivers.

  • Federal Funding

    You may be eligible for up to $20,500 per year of federal loan funding whether you plan to study on a part-time or full-time basis and regardless of your economic status. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid helps students begin the process of determining how to pay for their program. The funds are government loans and are made available to domestic students who are interested in pursuing a degree from an accredited institution who are not in default of past student loans and have correctly submitted the FAFSA form. UIC Federal School Code: 001776

Veterans Benefits

The UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School eagerly welcomes veterans and participates in a number of programs designed specifically for U.S. Military Veterans.