Prospective Graduate Applicants
Frequently Asked Questions
This page lists Frequently Asked Questions relevant to prospective graduate students in the Departments and Programs in or associated with the School of Integrative Biology. Other FAQs on the SIB web site can be found here.
Graduate students must apply through the The Graduate College, indicating the department or program for which they are applying. Information about the application process may be found by following the "Apply" link on the Graduate College web page (under Prospective Students) or by clicking here. Information about and links to the SIB departments and programs may be found in the menus at left or here.
The questions below are some asked by graduate students in all programs. For more specific information about the program you are interested in, go to the web page describing that department or program.
To begin, go to the web page for the Graduate College at the University of Illinois and click on the "Apply" link (under Prospective Students), or click here. The Graduate College web pages give you a great deal of useful information and complete instructions for applying. You will need to know the name of the graduate program to which you wish to apply and its program code (see question 3, below, for program codes). In addition, if you are from outside the USA, you should be aware that international students may be required to supply credentials in addition to those required of domestic students.
In general, apply in the fall of one year for admission starting for the fall of the next year. Most programs have admission deadlines around or just after the first of the year. In addition, most programs will accept students starting only in the fall, though there are exceptions. Check with the particular program you are interested in.
The program code on your application identifies the specific program to which you are applying.
Use these program codes for doctoral programs:
- Animal Biology (program code: 10KS0315PHD)
- Entomology (program code: 10KS0324PHD)
- Plant Biology (program code: 10KS0320PHD)
- Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (program code: 10KS05107PHD)
- Neuroscience (program code: 10KS0323PHD)
Use these program codes for master's programs:
- Animal Biology (program code: 10KS0315MS)
- Entomology (program code: 10KS0324MS)
- Plant Biology (program code: 10KS0320MS)
- Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (program code: 10KS5107MS)
- Online Master of Science Teaching Biology Program (program code: 10KS5278MSU)
You will most likely hear about the status of your application within 2-3 months of the application deadline.
All Ph.D. programs require a GRE test score or equivalent. The Neuroscience Program will accept a score on the MCAT test in lieu of the GRE for students applying for the MD-Ph.D. program. The masters programs may or may not require a GRE score. Scores must be reported via official transcripts, not just by a communication from you. Some programs require that the exam be taken within a minimum of years. Check with the specific program you are interested in for exact requirements.
No. None of our programs require you to take the advanced GRE examination.
For Ph.D. programs, financial support in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or tuition & fee (T&F) waivers are available. The first three usually include a T&F waiver as part of the package. Some masters programs offer support, but some do not. Check your particular program.