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 gradbusiness@uic.edu 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. 

Spring 2022 Admission Deadlines

Summer 2022 Admission Deadlines

Temporary GMAT/GRE Waivers Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for admissions consideration for the spring 2021, summer 2021 and fall 2021 terms for the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS)
  • Master of Science in Marketing (MSM)
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management (MSSCOM)

Admission to our graduate programs is competitive. Due to the continuing impact of Covid-19, for spring 2022, the GMAT/GRE requirement has been waived for MS programs (MSA, MSBA, MSF, MSMIS, MSM and MSSCOM) at UIC Business.

While the requirement has been waived, we do recommend that applicants submit either the GMAT or GRE if they cannot demonstrate quantitative knowledge in prior coursework and/or professional work experience. Applicants with below 3.0/4.0 US GPA or international equivalent are strongly encouraged to submit GMAT or GRE scores to strengthen their application. In addition, applicants with competitive GMAT or GRE scores may be given preference for merit aid opportunities (scholarships, tuition waivers or assistantships). Both the GMAT and GRE are available at testing centers and have at-home versions. UIC Business does not have a preference of one exam over the other..

Applicants to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program must submit a GMAT/GRE waiver request if they would like to waive the exam requirement for spring 2021, summer 2021 and fall 2021. Applicants with two years or more of significant, full-time post-bachelor’s work experience and/or a master’s/terminal degree as evaluated by the UIC Business admissions review committee will be granted a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Applicants with less than two-years of work experience prior to the intended start of their program may only apply to the Accelerated MBA program (fall start only) and can request to be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Each waiver request is granted on a case-by-case basis, and 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

Due to COVID 19, several programs are also reducing or waiving LOR requirements for 2021 start term applicants.

Note that valid English proficiency test scores must be submitted if required, based on the country or territory in which an applicant previously studied. TOEFL, IELTS, and their at-home solutions are acceptable. See campus English Proficiency requirements for more information.

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 applygrad.uic.edu 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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Funding

  • 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.