Section 1

Application Materials & Deadlines

The MSPE Program begins in August of each year. The program will begin to accept applications on or about September 15, 2017, for fall 2018 admission consideration. The application deadline is April 1, 2018. All required materials must be received before an application will be reviewed by the program's admission officer.

The online application consists of several items. Please carefully read all of the admission application instructions before you start the online application.

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Application Checklist

Unless specified otherwise, please upload all application checklist items as part of the online application.

Online Application

When applying to the MSPE Program, please carefully read and follow the online application instructions. If you have any questions as you proceed through the application process, refer to the Graduate Admission FAQs or contact the MSPE office.

Deadline for Application

Deadline for application is April 1

Official Transcripts and Degree Certificates

Applicants must submit original transcripts and degree certificates (when applicable) along with certified English translations if the records are in a language other than English. Credentials must be certified by an officer of the educational institution issuing the documents. These credentials must be uploaded in to the "Upload Credentials Here" section of your online application.

For documents not available at time of submission of online application, send them as an email attachment to

Do not mail (through postal system or currier service) any transcripts or degree certificates to the MSPE Program, as they will not be accepted.

If granted admission, the Graduate College may require that final, official academic credentials be shown. The required documents will be detailed in the Graduate College official notice of admission letter. It is highly recommended that you bring the required credentials with you to campus; we will inform you where you are to take the documentation.

Personal Statement

Your statement should describe your reasons for pursuing this degree as well as your personal and professional goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation (accessed by clicking the "Recommendations" tab in the online application) from academic and/or business sources. Academic references should be from professors whose course(s) you have taken. Professional references should come from your work supervisor. Personal references and references from co-workers are not accepted.

TOEFL/IELTS Score Reports: Institution Code - 1836 (International Students Only)

All international students must take the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. For information on the university’s English proficiency requirement, click here.

Your official TOEFL (or IELTS) scores must be sent directly to the University of Illinois (use Institution Code 1836).

GRE Score Reports: Institution Code - 1836

While GRE is not strictly required (except for students who want to be considered for the Ph.D. track), we do recommend that you take it and submit your score. Not submitting a GRE score will not harm your possibilities for admission, but submitting a good GRE score can help solidify your chances.

If you chose to submit a GRE score, you can:

  1. request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send the score to the University of Illinois (use Institution Code 1836); or
  2. upload a copy in the "Upload IELTS Score Report" section of your online application; or
  3. send a copy as an email attachment to

Declaration & Certification of Finances (International Students Only)

The Declaration & Certificate of Finances Form and Official Bank Statement should be uploaded into the "Upload Credentials Here" section of your online application in order for your file to be complete and reviewed by the MSPE admissions committee.

For SEVIS/Visa-related questions, visit the Graduate College International Applicants website section or the International Student and Scholar Services website for additional information and resources for international students.