How to Apply

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: December 13, 2019.*

*The application for our Professional Science Master's in Geography program remains open.

Please follow this process when applying to our graduate programs:

  1. Apply via the University of Illinois Graduate College online application. A checklist is available to help you with the application process.
  2. Effective for the Fall 2020 admission cycle, our Admissions Committee will no longer consider Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores when evaluating applicants to our graduate degree programs.
  3. 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.
  4. Upload your statement of purpose with your application. 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 Geography & GIS faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work. We do not have program specific questions.
  5. 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.
  6. Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College online application system.
  7. 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.
  8. International applicants who are approved for admission must submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances for the visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019) to be issued. All international applicants requesting visa eligibility are required to demonstrate 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 website for tuition and fees rates.
  9. The university's non-refundable 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 the web application. Information about application waivers for qualified applicants may be found on the Graduate College website.
  10. Submitting an application for admission by the required deadline places you in the candidate pool for consideration for departmental fellowships and assistantships. In addition, highly qualified students and students from underrepresented groups may be considered for fellowships administered by Geography & GIS and the Graduate College. Our department 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.
  11. We are accepting applications for the Geography PhD and Master's programs for the fall semester only; we do not conduct spring or summer admissions. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to apply by December 13, 2019.

Questions about the admissions process may be directed to Matt Cohn. For information about our Master's or PhD graduate programs in geography, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Brian Jefferson.

The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.