Admission Requirements 2017-09-14T16:02:57+00:00

Admission Requirements:


Undergraduate Requirements 

Applicants must present evidence of a solid background in undergraduate work that includes biology, inorganic and organic chemistry and at least one year of physics and mathematics. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (where a value of 4.0is equal to the letter grade of ‘A’) is required; however preference is given to applicants who present a GPA of 3.0 or greater.



All applicants are REQUIRED to take the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), preferably prior to submission of the formal application. Subject tests are not required but will be considered. For information about the GRE, you may contact Graduate Record Examination, Box 955, Princeton, N.J., or the Minority Graduate Student Locator Service, Box 2615, Princeton N.J. 08541. Applicants from countries in which English is not the principal language must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the TOEFL Examination.


Statement of Purpose, Goals, Letters of Recommendations & Interviews 

In addition to the applicant’s scholastic records and examination scores, the Admissions Committee gives particular consideration to a statement of purpose and goals from the applicant, and three letters of recommendation. Previous research experience is an important consideration for admission and should be described in the personal statement. Because competition among qualified applicants is high, an interview may be requested. Telephone interviews may be conducted for those applying from outside the U.S.

The University of Illinois at Chicago complies fully with all Federal and State nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws,regulations and orders. All admission decisions are made solely on the basis of merit. We strongly encourage applications from minority candidates.


Financial Assistance 

All students who are accepted into our graduate program are offered financial assistance, which includes an annual stipend of $30,500 (in the form of an “assistantship” appointment) and a waiver of tuition.



The State of Illinois requires that all students entering a post secondary institution who are born on or after January 1,1957, must present documents showing proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria as a prerequisite to registration. Students who are accepted into our program are strongly advised to bring proof of Immunization.Students who have not shown proof of immunization within the first term of enrollment will be required to get the immunization inoculations. Failure to provide the required proof of immunity will prevent the student from enrolling in a subsequent term.