Admission to the PhD Program

The following is for admission of students not currently attending graduate school at the University of Illinois.

If you are already in graduate school at the University of Illinois and would like to transfer into the Informatics PhD program, the admission process is a bit simpler. See Internal Transfer Admissions.

Similarly, if you have previously been enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Illinois (but are not currently a student) you need to apply for re-entry even if it is a new program (vs. submitting a new application online).

Application Deadline

Application deadline is December 15 for the following Fall admission.

We strongly recommend that you and your recommenders do not wait until the deadline to submit your application or letters of recommendation, as server traffic may cause technical difficulties. It is highly recommended to have all application materials in one month prior to deadline to expedite admissions decisions.

Application procedures

Applicants to the PhD program must have been awarded (or are about to be awarded) a 4-year bachelors degree equivalent to that granted by the University of Illinois.

To apply, use the Graduate College Online Application. All parts of the application, including application fee, must be received by the application deadline.

Late applications will NOT be accepted. Also, incomplete applications will be subject to denial.

Important Notes
Letters of Recommendation
Financial Certification
CV / Resume
General Record Examination (GRE)
Personal statement
Research statement
Your research interests
TOEFL and IELTS Exams Requirements
Applicants who reapply
Financial Aid and English Language Profiency

Admission decisions

Admissions and financial aid decisions are coordinated by Illinois Informatics.

Admission decisions are typically announced by March 15 for fall admissions. In some cases, however, decisions may be reached much earlier.

Decision process
Inquiries and visits

Application checklist

Before the application deadline, we strongly encourage applicants to go through the check list below to ensure all applications materials have been submitted. Most are submitted online.

  • Application submitted online.
  • Application fee paid online with credit card.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted to Illinois Informatics
  • Area of Interest specified online Specialization.
  • Submit three new letters of recommendation online.
  • Three faculty members you might be interested in working with suggested, listed online on the Application Information page.
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) online. Note: Copies are acceptable pending official scores.

Any additional information can be sent to:

Graduate Admissions

Illinois Informatics

NCSA Building

1205 West Clark

Urbana, IL 61801

FAX:  217-333-5878


If you have any questions with the application process and submitting your materials, please contact Please allow at least 48 hours from the time the Academic Office receives your materials to be processed and updated in the system.

After the admissions deadline, please allow two to three weeks for materials to be processed and updated in the system due to the large volume of mail received. Please note that our offices are closed during the Christmas and New Year holidays, which may cause further delays.