Graduate Admissions

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

Welcome from the Graduate Admissions Team and thank you for your interest in the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School!

Our business program is the perfect blend of a relevant real-world curriculum and outstanding professional development. The goal of our program is that upon graduation, all students will have developed the skills needed to take the next step in their careers.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our graduate offerings. Whether you are looking to start a new career or enhance your current area of expertise, we have the faculty and staff to help you succeed.

Also, please take the opportunity to visit campus and see what the classroom experience is like, as well as meet the faculty, students and staff that will be part of your UIC experience.

Visit a Class

When determining which graduate business school is right for you, there can be many things to consider. While aspects like cost and accreditation may be the first to come to mind, the culture and experience of a school are just as important. That’s why the admissions team at UIC Business are excited to invite you to sit in on one of our current graduate courses. Visiting a class will give you an unscripted look at the interactions between students and faculty, a feel for what UIC Business graduate students and faculty are like, the culture of our campus, as well as what to expect in a typical day in class

We will contact you to confirm your class visit as some dates may be restricted due to exams or presentations.

Schedule a Visit

The Application

The Application

The application consists of:

  • Test Scores: GMAT or GRE scores are accepted by all programs. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. Please contact the testing companies for full details.*
  • Academic Record: Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.  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 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. You will submit the recommenders’ names and contact information, and we will contact them for the recommendation.
  • 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: MBA applicants only. All 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, our typical admitted student had more than this level of experience prior to applying to the UIC Business MBA program.
  • $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: For more information for international applicants, click here.

*Circumstantial waivers apply for MBA applicants only. Applicants must submit a formal petition for consideration. View petition instructions here.

Helpful Hints

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

  • The application process is paperless. Hard copy paper documents or mail documents are not accepted.
  • 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 throughout the entire application process. It can be helpful to reference your date of birth date on documents.
  • Once you have begun the application, you can log back in at any time to check the status of your application.

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  • 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 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.

  • Partial Tuition Waivers

    A number of partial tuition and fee waivers are available for incoming graduate students. Funding awards are based on academic merit. 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 scholarship or a partial tuition and service fee waiver.

    We also offer the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School Scholars program for highly qualified full-time MBA students, a program that includes merit-based scholarships providing tuition remission. Ask an admissions representative to learn more about the program.

  • 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.