Internal Transfer to the PhD Program

If you are already a graduate student at the University of Illinois, or have been in the past, you may apply to transfer into the Informatics PhD Program.

Note:  Before applying, please let Informatics know you wish to transfer by sending an email to so we know to expect your application materials.

Application procedures

For the FA2020 admission cycle: since you are already a student at UIUC, you do not have to submit everything through the university;’s application portal again like you did the first time.

So, do NOT re-apply through the Graduate College Online Application.

Instead, please send us the following, by email or campus mail:

  • A resume or CV
  • An Applicant Statement
    • Should include your goals and background as it relates to your intended field of study. It is good to include any past work history, your interests, and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in your original field.
    • Your statement will be evaluated for your conciseness, research interests, leadership skills, and eloquence.
    • Generally the Applicant Statement is between one and two pages.
  • Research Statement
    • The Research Statement is designed to give you the opportunity of exploring a problem, question or issue that interests you, and that you might like to pursue in your doctoral work. Of course, we realize that your interests may change once you are in the doctoral program, but you should discuss a problem that is of sufficient importance to be considered suitable for doctoral level work. You should specifically address the question of why you have chosen the Informatics PhD program at Illinois in which to pursue your doctoral research. As you discuss the problem, question or issue, clearly describe it and why it is of interest to you. Why is it important? What fields, departments, or disciplines have contributed or might contribute to work in this area of research? Why do you think it has not been addressed sufficiently beforehand? Why should others be interested in it? How might you go about investigating it in order to come up with results that would further our understanding it? In evaluating your Research Statement, the committee will look for how well you have conceptualized the question or problem and explained its implications. They will also consider the appropriateness, rigor, and creativity associated with how you propose to go about finding answers or solutions. The Research Statement should be no more than two pages (about 800 words).
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (request your transcripts from the Office of the Registrar or go to Student Self-Service. We will accept an unofficial copy.)
  • Specify the Program Area(s) you are interested in.
  • Suggest up to three faculty members you might be interested in working with (see list by research area, or suggest other Illinois faculty). Please note that students are not accepted without having a faculty member willing to serve as their advisor, so it is in your best interest to contact prospective advisors prior to applying.

Send new or updated materials to:

Graduate Admissions

Informatics @ Illinois

616 E. Green St. Suite 210

Champaign, IL 61820