Please see the Future Students section of our website for specific application requirements, deadlines, and forms.
All applications are assessed by the Doctoral Studies Committee. The DSC then invites promising candidates for a telephone interview. The interview gives the applicant and the committee an opportunity to explore in more depths various aspects of the application. It is also used to assess a candidate's ability to think analytically and communicate ideas effectively.
Applicants will know by the end of February if they will be invited to interview for the program.
The School is generally able to offer support for four years. Support usually takes the form of 50% (20 hrs/wk) teaching assistantships, 50% research assistantships, and/or fellowships, which typically are awarded throughout a student's course of study in the following way:
a) RAs and TAs for the first two years;
b) RA or teaching one's own course in the 3rd year;
c) The Fellowship is tied to the dissertation process and students may submit an application for the 4th yr; fellowships are only available to students who have passed the dissertation proposal exam.
These forms of financial aid generally include full or partial tuition and fee waivers. Some additional fees are assessed by the University of Illinois and will not be covered (see the Graduate College Handbook for details on tuition waivers). Financial aid is awarded at the time of admission. Information about the support awarded will be included in the admissions letter. Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress (minimum GPA 3.25 on a 4.0 scale) in order to be eligible for continued support.
Students holding fellowships must register as full-time students (12 hours in Fall and Spring and 6 hours in Summer Session II). Those holding 50% assistantships awarded and/or administered by the School must be registered for at least 10 hours each semester during the academic year. Students with assistantships in the library or elsewhere on campus must follow the enrollment requirements of the units employing them.