Application Process2017-11-22T14:11:51+00:00

Application Process:

Please note, we accept applications for Fall term only.

To guarantee full consideration please apply by December 1, 2017.

The application deadline for domestic applicants is May 15, 2018 and for international applicants is February 15, 2018.

If you are an applicant from Puerto Rico, please contact Mia Johnson by email ( or US mail (see mailing address below) for special instructions for applying.

1.  Application

We strongly urge you to use the university on-line application process.

When completing the application, under “Graduate and Professional Programs” chose “PHD GRADUATE EDUCATION IN MEDICAL SCIENCES (GEMS)” from the drop down menu.  The Program Code for GEMS is 20FS5375NONE.

Please indicate research areas that interest you, choose up to THREE categories from the following list:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Cancer Biology

Cardiovascular Biology

Cell and Developmental Biology

Genetics and Gene Regulation


Informatics and Genomics

Lung Biology

Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders


Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Structural, Computational Biology, and Biophysics

Systems Physiology


(optional) List up to FIVE UIC College of Medicine faculty members whose research interests you. Faculty in the six basic science departments can be browsed via the following links: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Physiology and Biophysics


2.  Completing The Application: Required Documents

Application (on-line application process).

Within 3 – 5 business days after submitting your online application, you will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your application, as well as indicating that you may log back into the system to begin uploading application materials. (personal statement, resume, scanned copies of Registrar-issued transcripts and Graduate Appointment form)


Graduate Appointment form (PDF). This document is required for certain pre-matriculation Graduate College Fellowships for which you may be eligible.  Please review the guidelines for the University Fellowships and the Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship.  Eligible applicants may be nominated by their department of interest.


Personal Statement of Purpose, Relevant Experience and Goals


Request that the Educational Testing Service send GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores to the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The Institution Code for both GRE and TOEFL scores is 1851.

Additionally, select the Departmental Code for your first choice department for the relevant scores (GRE and TOEFL Department Codes differ while the Institution Code is the same).  For GRE score transmission select the appropriate Departmental Code from among the following:  Anatomy and Cell Biology, 0201; Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, 0202; Microbiology and Immunology, 0212; Pathology, 0215; Pharmacology, 0216; Physiology and Biophysics, 0217.  For TOEFL score transmission select the appropriate Departmental Code from among the following:  Anatomy and Cell Biology, 32; Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, 34; Microbiology and Immunology, 07; Pathology, 56; Pharmacology, 30; Physiology and Biophysics, 49.

Transcripts: Applicants should not send official paper academic credentials by mail unless the department expressly requests that you send credentials directly to them. You must still upload an unofficial copy electronically to satisfy the institutional requirements.

Official, sealed academic credentials will be requested from applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program. The request for official paper academic credentials will be noted on the official admission letter from the Office of Admissions. Failure to submit official, sealed academic credentials will result in a registration hold after the 10th day of the admission term, but will only affect registration for the second term at UIC.


Three letters of recommendation are required by GEMS.


Application fee: domestic students: $70.00; foreign students: $70.00. With the web application you may choose to pay with a credit card at the time you submit your application on-line, otherwise send a check or money order to the University.  If you defer payment you will need to send the fee to the University by check or money order.  Under certain circumstances the application fee may be waived, see Application Fee Waiver Program.


GEMS mailing address:

Mia Johnson
GEMS Assistant Director
c/o College of Medicine Dean’s Office (M/C 784)
1853 W. Polk Street  rm 131

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60612


Phone contact: 312-355-0389

E-mail contact: