When applying to the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS), please follow this process:
- Apply via the University of Illinois Online Application site. A checklist is available to help you with the application process.
- Send your official General GRE exam scores to institution code 1836. The department requires that all applicants submit an official record of
their scores for the GRE. GGIS does not have a
minimum required score. For admission purposes, scores are only valid
for five years prior to the proposed term of entry.
- English Requirements: The TOEFL or IELTS is required of applicants whose native language is not
English, regardless of U.S. citizenship. For more information, please check English proficiency requirements. International students who would like to be considered for teaching assistantships must submit a TOEFL taken within the last two years and meet the requirements for International Teaching Assistants set by the Graduate College.
- Upload your statement of purpose to the application system. We recommend that you note in your statement of purpose the graduate program that interests you the most, your career goals, and the name(s) of the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work. GGIS does not have program specific questions.
- Upload your transcripts and certification of degree directly to the application system. The uploaded documents must include your name and the name of the institution. Include a copy of the transcript legend or university key (back page in most cases) for each institution. Please view all uploaded documents to be sure the scanned copies are clearly legible and can be printed on letter size paper - 8.5 by 11 (21.5 by 30 cm). Do not mail a copy to the department.
- GGIS requires three letters of recommendation. Directions are included on the application system to submit these letters electronically.
- Once your application is complete (steps 1-6), the department's admission committee will carefully evaluate your application. Applicants who are recommended for admissions will need to submit an official final transcript (which shows completion of all course and degree awarded) upon final review by the Graduate College. All admission decisions will be communicated via email to the email address provided in your application.
- International applicants who are approved for admission must submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances in order for the visa eligibility documents (I20 or DS-2019) to be issued. All international applicants requesting visa eligibility are required to demonstrate that they have adequate financial resources to cover the cost of their education at the University of Illinois. Graduate student assistantships and their accompanying tuition waivers provide graduate students with financial resources that help defray the
expenses associated with completing their graduate degrees. Please see the Office of the Registrar web site for tuition and fees rates.
- The university's application fee is $70 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $90 for all other applicants. The fee must accompany the application by credit card payment with a web application. Application fees are non-refundable. Information about application waivers for qualified applicants may be found on the Graduate College website.
Submitting an application for admission by the required deadline places you in the candidate pool for consideration for fellowships and assistantships offered within the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. In addition, highly qualified students, and students from underrepresented groups, may be considered for some fellowships administered by GGIS and the Graduate College. The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science is committed to encouraging a diverse and supportive environment for every student who pursues a degree in geography. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
- The department has several admissions-related deadlines of which you should be aware. Applications are accepted for students to begin their degrees in the fall semester; the department does not admit students to begin their degrees in spring or summer semesters. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to apply by January 10, 2014; students who do not need financial support should submit their application by January 31, 2014.
If you have any questions about the admissions process please feel free to contact Susan Etter by email or by telephone at (217) 244-3488; for information about our graduate programs, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Ashwini Chhatre.
Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Computing Applications Building
605 East Springfield Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820
email: Susan Etter
Telephone: (217) 244-3488
Fax: (217) 244-1785
The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.