Master of Science (MS) program

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Materials Engineering, or a degree in a related area with substantial coursework in Civil or Materials Engineering.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 hours of coursework.
  • A total score of 301 or above on the Revised GRE General Exam (1100 or above on prior). Scores must be submitted via ETS to institution code 1851, Scores are only valid up to 5 years from test date.
  • (Letters of Recommendation and Personal Statement are NOT required for MS applicants. Please DO NOT mail any physical documents to the university. If you wish to submit letters of recommendation or a personal statment please email sareva2@uic.edu to request upload links 2 weeks after you submit an application)
All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 80 IBT (213 CBT, 550 PBT) is required for admission. The minimum requirements for the four subsections on the IBT TOEFL, as well as the total score are: Reading 19, Speaking 20, Listening 17, Writing 21, and Total 80. For the IELTS exam, a minimum of 6.0 on every subscore and a minimum total score of 6.5 is required.

Students may request a TOEFL waiver provided they have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in a country where English is the primary language as well as the language of instruction, or worked full time in the United States for one year. Requests for a TOEFL score waiver must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions and included with your application materials. Employment related waiver requests must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor certifying that the applicant has English proficiency and verifying the length of employment.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD ) program

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Materials Engineering, or a degree in a related area with substantial coursework in Civil or Materials Engineering.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 hours of coursework.
  • A total score of 301 or above on the Revised GRE General Exam (1100 or above on prior). Scores must be submitted via ETS to institution code 1851, Scores are only valid up to 5 years from test date.
  • Three letters of recommendation (the admissions office will send an upload link ONLY AFTER the application is submitted. This usually takes a few days to send).
  • Personal Statement (the admissions office will send an upload link ONLY AFTER the application is submitted. This usually takes a few days to send).
  • Resume (the admissions office will send an upload link ONLY AFTER the application is submitted. This usually takes a few days to send)
  • ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED, DO NOT SEND ANY PHYSICAL DOCUMENTS TO THE CME DEPARTMENT.
All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 80 IBT (213 CBT, 550 PBT) is required for admission. The minimum requirements for the four subsections on the IBT TOEFL, as well as the total score are: Reading 19, Speaking 20, Listening 17, Writing 21, and Total 80. For the IELTS exam, a minimum of 6.0 on every subscore and a minimum total score of 6.5 is required.

Students may request a TOEFL waiver provided they have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in a country where English is the primary language as well as the language of instruction, or worked full time in the United States for one year. Requests for a TOEFL score waiver must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions and included with your application materials. Employment related waiver requests must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor certifying that the applicant has English proficiency and verifying the length of employment.

Limited standing admission

The Graduate committee may admit only competent applicants, who do not meet all of the above requirements, on a limited standing basis. Graduates of other engineering fields must show considerable evidence of their ability to complete the CME graduate program. This probationary status, depending on individual qualifications and the applicant’s academic history, may also require the student to complete deficiency courses. If the undergraduate preparation is inadequate, the student may first develop a background equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Civil and Materials Engineering to improve their chances of admissions.

Students must complete their deficiency courses within the specified time range indicated on their admissions letter and receive grades of A or B in these courses in order to continue in the graduate program. Substitutions for deficiency courses will not be permitted.

Once the limited standing requirements have been met, it is the student's responsibility to request a status change from limited to full. Requests are to be made in the CME Graduate Office as soon as the limited standing conditions have been satisfied.

Applicants who need to take a considerable number of undergraduate CME deficiency courses should consider applying to our undergraduate program in the College of Engineering towards a bachelors in Civil Engineering.

Non-degree Program

Non-degree status is designed for:

  • Those applicants who hold a bachelors degree and do not wish to pursue a degree but want to take courses for professional or scholarly reasons or personal enrichment.
  • Those applicants who do not hold a degree in Civil Engineering and wish to pursue an MS in Civil Engineering.
The Graduate College minimum requirements for non-degree admission are as follows:

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Prior Degrees: A baccalaureate or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Nondegree applicants must submit proof of the degree with their application.

Transcripts: Required by the CME department to calculate the last 60 hours of the students GPA (2.75 minimum).

Other Requirements: International students who require certification of admission (I-20 or IAP-66) sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service will not be admitted as nondegree students.

Switching from Non-degree to Degree seeking:

Nondegree students who wish to be considered for a degree program must complete a Graduate Application and submit all missing credentials (GRE, supplementary materials, etc) by the deadline for degree applications. Admission to a degree program is not automatic nor guaranteed. Students admitted as nondegree may not change to degree status in their initial term of nondegree enrollment (for that same term). Only a total of 12 hours of non-degree graduate coursework (A or B only) will be transferable between non-degree to a degree seeking program.

Applying to the CME Graduate Program

Step 1: Applying to the UIC Graduate College

The UIC Office of Graduate Admissions is responsible for the initial evaluation of all graduate student applications. Your first step is to complete the Graduate College Application.

On-line Application.

The Civil and Materials Engineering curriculum code for M.S. Civil Engineering applicants is 20FS0106MS, 20FS0106PHD for PhD applicants and 20FS0106NDEG Non-Degree applicants; M.S. Materials Engineering applicants is 20FS1434MS and 20FS1434PhD for PhD applicants.

Official transcripts must be uploaded to the UIC system via the graduate upload application link provided by admissions when you complete your application.


Please note that the Civil and Materials Department cannot act on your application in any way until you have submitted your application, application fee, transcripts, certificates and official TOEFL and GRE scores to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Step 2: Declaration and Certification of Finances

International applicants only. If you are an International applicant, you must complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and mail it to the Office of Graduate Admissions. This form is not required for U.S. applicants. The university considers any student who currently holds a visa of any type or is seeking a visa to be international. Even if you do not require a student (F or J) visa to attend UIC, you are viewed as an international applicant. Most policies that apply to those seeking student visas will apply to holders of other types of visas.

For the university's purposes, this is anyone who currently holds a visa of any type or who is in need of an I-20 or DS-2019.

You may print a downloadable Declaration and Certification of Finances form, provide the requested information and documentation, and mail it directly to the UIC Office of International Services. (Note: Adobe Acrobat reader required. A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from Adobe's web site).

Step 3: Submitting supplementary materials to the Civil and Materials Department

A few days after you have submitted your application materials to the UIC Office of Graduate Admissions, links will be sent to you via email to upload the following if required by the program which you are applying for in CME:

  • Letters of Recommendation: The CME Department requires three letters of recommendation for applicants to the PhD program. These letters should be written by people who are familiar with your academic and/or professional work and are able to communicate your potential success in a competitive graduate program. Your recommender may attach a LORF here and sent it with their original letter downloadable Letter of Recommendation form, This recommendation form is not required, your recommenders may write their own letters.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Other materials: Additional information that you would like to provide regarding your candidacy for admission or consideration for financial aid can include research work/publications, etc. These materials are not required, but any materials sent will be used to evaluate your application.
  • Financial aid: Please see the section on Financial aid below.
  • TOEFL and GRE scores: should be sent to institution code 1851. We do not use a department code.
Please note that all correspondence with the UIC Department of Civil and Materials Engineering involving graduate admissions should use the following address:

The University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, Room 2095 ERF (M/C 246)
Attn: CME Graduate Coordinator
842 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607


All correspondence with the Office of Graduate Admissions should be mailed to the following address:

Basic Admission Credentials
Office of Graduate Admissions (MC 018)
University
of Illinois at Chicago, Box 7994
Chicago
, Illinois 60680-7994

Financial aid

There are several different forms of financial aid available to incoming graduate students.

1. Teaching Assistants are responsible for grading and staffing laboratory sections of undergraduate CME courses. Generally you should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale and must be admitted with full standing to be considered. An applicant will have a much reduced chance of getting a TA position with a total GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of less than 301 and a TOEFL (for international applicants) of less than 80 IBT.


Decisions regarding Teaching Assistant positions for new students for the Fall semester are typically made during mid April. For full consideration of a Teaching Assistant position, your application must have been processed by the end of February.

2. Research Assistants assist faculty in funded research projects. Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty members based on their needs and available research funding. Generally these assistantships are awarded to continuing students whom faculty members have come to know through their courses and work on campus. However, a growing number of research assistantships are awarded to incoming students based on their prior work. If you are an especially strong candidate with research experience, you should email individual faculty and inform them of your interest and experience, but only after you have been admitted. (Prior to admission, faculty do not have access to your application materials and credentials.) Please be selective and email only the faculty whose research interests match your own; faculty are generally non-responsive to "broadcast" appeals for financial aid, particularly from students whose background and interests do not match the research of the faculty members. Please also be aware that our faculty receive a large volume of emails, please do not send repeat emails. Faculty will respond to your email request if they are interested in considering you for an RA position. The yearly contract term runs for 9 months.

3. Tuition and Fee waivers - A limited number are available on a competitive basis for graduate students. These cover the cost of UIC tuition (including non-resident tuition) and certain fees per term only. Selection is based on the students file and academic performance. These waivers are usually not awarded until the semester begins. If interested and wish to be put on the waiver list, please contact Sara Arevalo at sareva2@uic.edu.

Application Procedure

After you have completed the application process described in the section titled Applying for admission to our graduate program above, you may apply for financial aid by completing the downloadable Application for Graduate Appointment form and e-mail it directly to the UIC Civil and Materials Department. You will automatically be considered for fellowships and teaching assistantships.

Application and Credentials Deadlines

NO SUMMER APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED FOR THE SUMMER WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

Student Type

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Final deadline for international students

JULY 15th 2014

CLOSED

NO EXCEPTIONS

Final deadline for domestic students

NOVEMBER 1st 2014

CLOSED

NO EXCEPTIONS

Final deadline for non-degree seeking students

NOVEMBER 15th 2014 AUGUST 1st, 2014

Classes Begin

January 12, 2015

AUGUST 25, 2014

Frequently asked questions

Q: Am I eligible for admission to your program?
  Please go over the " Admissions Requirements" section of our web site for our admission requirements. Due to high volume of such requests, we do not prescreen applicants to help them determine if they are qualified to apply to our program.
 
Q: If I meet your qualifications for a TA, am I guaranteed an assistantship?
  No. Teaching Assistantships are very competitive and we have a limited number of assistantships available. You will be judged among the group of admitted students for that year/semester. TA’s will be offered to the top candidates in the group based on the number of openings available. You will be notified if you are offered a Teaching Assistantship.
 
Q: I received my undergraduate degree from UIC, do I still need to take the GRE?
  The GRE is mandatory for all students seeking admissions including UIC graduates.
 
Q: I am ready to apply, where do I send the materials?
  All application materials are now submitted online. After you have submitted your application to the Graduate Admissions office, links to upload your documents and supplementary materials will be sent to you via email. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder for these links. MS applicants who wish to submit Letters, CV or Personal Statement must request upload links from the Graduate Coordinator via email.
 
Q: I am an international student; should I send the bank and financial statement now?
  No, it is not necessary to submit these materials until you are admitted. They are needed for official admission if the department admits you. However, the Office of Graduate Admissions will continue to send reminder notifications that these documents are missing, you can ignore them. If you receive admission, they need to be turned in to the Office of Graduate Admissions immediately if you plan to attend the university.
 
Q: What happens after I send my application?
  Once the Office of Graduate Admissions receives the application, it takes them approximately 2 weeks to process and log your application into the system.
  • If you are an international applicant, an international admissions officer will review your application for completeness. If the file is complete (application, fee, transcripts, and ETS scores) it will be forwarded to the department for admission consideration.
  • Once the file reaches the department, our admission committee will take approximately 4-5 weeks to make a decision on the file (longer if there is a high number of applications or for Fall applicants). Once a decision is made, a letter is mailed to your current address and the Graduate Admissions Office reviews the decision for further processing.
  • If you are denied, you will get a letter from the department informing you of this fact; Graduate Admissions may/may not send another letter as well. Your file will be closed by Graduate Admissions at this point.
  • If you are admitted, Graduate Admissions will review the file for further completeness. If you are not seeking a F1 visa and have submitted proof of your legal status in US, you will be formally admitted and information will be sent to your current mailing address regarding registration. This information will be sent close to the start of the semester. If you are seeking an F1 Visa, Graduate Admissions will check for an original bank statement and notarized "Declaration and Certification of Finances" forms, and process your formal admittance to the university after they receive those documents.
  • With the increased security concerns in the US, admitted international applicants whose file is incomplete will be closed by May 1st for Fall applicants, and October 1st for Spring applicants. No I-20s will be processed after these deadlines.
 
Q: It has been 4 weeks since I sent the application to Office of Graduate Admissions and I have not heard anything from them. What is going on with my application?
  Due to high volume of applications and credentials, the Office of Admissions and Records cannot contact you when documents arrive. However, you can track the status of your application on-line for updates as they occur.

You may log into http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/grad/apply_online_grad.html using the ID and password you created during the on-line application process and choose "Edit your incomplete application/View your application." Any documents that we are currently requesting will be posted under the Requirements section. Updates made to your account will be reflected immediately.

Once a decision has been made on your application, it will be viewable on-line next to "Decisions" and an official letter of admission will be mailed to you. A decision of "Pending - Manual Review Required" means that your file has been sent to your department and is awaiting a decision. The Office of Admissions and Records cannot give you any further information on a deferred application.

E-mail the department cmegrad@uic.edu with your University ID number (UIN-a nine digit number issued with your application), your first name, last name, and date of birth. We will be able to check the status of your application and provide you an update via email. If you do not have, or are unsure of your UIN number, we must have your first, last name and date of birth. Emails sent without UIN numbers will take an extra 2 days to process as we must manually look up your information. Please include your UIN number in all subsequent correspondence with the department.

*All email requests must be received from the email account listed on your application. We will not provide application information or status to any person other than the applicant. There are no exceptions to this policy.
 
Q: I sent an e-mail to cmegrad@uic.edu two days back and have not heard anything back. What do I do?
  Be patient. We respond to all e-mail, and there are hundreds of other applicants like you looking for information. Sometimes it will take 2-3 working days before we can get to your e-mail.
 
Q: I received my admissions letter. When will I know about Teaching Assistantship?
  If you were selected for a Teaching Assistantship, you will be contacted some time in April. We will only contact individuals who are offered assistantships.
 
Q: How about research assistantships?
  Once admitted you can email faculty in your area of research interests to see if they have any openings. If the faculty are hiring RA's and are interested in you, they will email you back. Please do not send repeat e-mail requests to the faculty. If they are really interested in discussing a possible RA position with you, they will contact you.
 
Q: When will I get my I-20?
  The I-20 will be processed about 3 weeks after all the documents required by Office of Graduate Admissions are received. They are sent by regular mail to your current address. The department does not express mail the I-20s. If you would like a friend or family member to collect it for you, contact the Office of International Services to make special arrangements.
 
Q: If I am counting on getting an assistantship from the department, should I still submit a bank and financial statements?
  If you are counting on an assistantship from the department, you can ignore the notices from Office of Graduate Admissions regarding these documents. It is their obligation to warn you periodically. If you are awarded a TA or RA, the department will send a copy of the award letter to Graduate Admissions and they will then go ahead and process the I-20.
Q: I did not attend UIC in the term I originally applied for, can I skip this term and begin the next?
| | If you do not attend in the term you applied for, you cannot register the following term unless you previously deferred your admissions to that specific term. If you did not defer, you will need to RE-APPLY for admissions. Please note that deferring is NOT an option for Non-Degree admitted students.
 
Q: I have received an automated message stating my documents have NOT been received when I have already submitted them, what should I do?
  Please ONLY contact the CME department with the following missing documents that are listed as not received: GRE, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose and Resume. All other missing documents should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Records. The CME department will NOT respond to inquiries about issues with un-updated transcripts, degrees and TOEFL scores.
 
Q: I am an International student currently residing or attending another college in the United States, do I complete the international application if I plan to transfer to UIC or do I apply as domestic ?
  All applicants who hold a VISA regardless of attending another US school or living in the US, must apply and meet the International Deadlines for the admissions application process (Feb. 15th for the Fall term and July 15th for the Spring) There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
 
Q: I have had no response from the Office of International Services (OIS) and I eagerly need my I-20, can the CME department help Expedite the issuance of it?
  Unfortunately, the CME department has NO authority to expedite any government documents issued by the Office of International Services. During the month of May/June, OIS is the busiest. Please be patient as many International students have the same concerns as you. Again, CME cannot expedite the issuance of I-20’s. Any concerns should be strictly directed to OIS.
 
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