Prospective Graduate Students Admission Exams and Language proficiency Questions

What is your program code to make sure my GRE and TORFL scores reach you?

The school code for UIC is 1851.

What is your minimum GRE score requirement?

We do not have a minimum score requirement. GRE scores are a small part of the whole application, and other parts, including the personal statement, writing sample, recommendation letters, or GPA, can outweigh GRE scores. 

Is there any way to waive the GRE?

GRE scores are a good predictor of success in the first year of graduate studies at UIC. The Department requires virtually all students to have taken the GRE. Exceptions may be for an external fellowship (such as a Fulbright) or an exchange student entering under a department accord with a foreign university. The GRE requirement also applies to Ph.D. applicants whose master's program did not require the GRE.

Where can I find out more information about the GRE?

Most college counseling offices have information, and the Educational Testing Service provides full information on its GRE site.

How long are my GRE scores valid?

The Department requires students to have taken the GRE within 5 years of the date when you plan start the program at UIC.

Do you recommend taking a GRE preparation course?

Students who take a preparation course are more confident and may score higher. But be smart and weigh your options with care. Commercial GRE courses may be expensive, and online GRE courses may offer little more than an electronic version of a GRE prep book (available at bookstores). If you decide to take a prep course, look for low-cost GRE courses at community and undergraduate colleges, which provide textbooks, a live instructor, online options, practice exams, and feedback for a reasonable price.

Who has to take the TOEFL?

All international applicants must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language, unless they qualify for a TOEFL exemption.

Can I get a waiver for the English proficiency exam?

Some applicants are exempt from taking the TOEFL. See the International Admission Requirements page and the Admissions office FAQs page for details. 

Where can I learn more about the TOEFL?

More information about the TOEFL is available at

What is the minimum score I need on the TOEFL?

The minimum scores on the TOEFL are 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) and appear on the Graduate College application site. For more information on the TOEFL, go to the International Admissions page of the graduate college. 

How long are my TOEFL scores valid?

You must take the TOEFL within two years of the start date for the term you expect to begin your graduate work at UIC.