Uic Mupp Personal Statement

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Application Deadlines


For the MUPP program: The number of students admitted is limited. Admissions are selective and competitive. Submit your application early in order to receive fullest consideration. Admission to fall the early deadline to be considered for merit-based assistantships and scholarships awarded by the department is January 15. Deadline for international applicants is February 15, and final deadline for fall admissions is March 15. Admission for Spring semester deadline is July 15 for international applicants and November 1 for domestic applicants. UPP does not grant admission for summer semester.


For the PhD program: The number of students admitted is limited. Admissions are selective and competitive. Submit your application early in order to receive fullest consideration. Students are admitted for fall semester only; deadline is December 15.

Admissions Procedure

Please review the admissions requirements for MUPP or PhD, which details the supplemental credentials required.

If applying for merit-based financial assistance from the department, you are required to submit the Application for Graduate Appointment.

The application is online and students must submit all credentials electronically. Please check this page for all details pertaining to application requirements, submitting the online application and supplemental credentials.

Important note about uploading credentials

After filing the online application, there will be a 3-5 day delay before supplemental credentials can be uploaded. If the online application is filed by the deadline date, your application will be considered. Please submit all other credentials as soon as possible.

Instructions for document upload are here.

International students can view an FAQ here.

Checking Application Status

Checking application status: Application materials submitted electronically and received before the deadline will not be acknowledged; the date and time of submission is contained in the email and it will be noted in your application file that the deadline was met. Directions for checking the status of your application are here.

Institution codes for standardized tests:

There is no department code, use the following institution codes.

GRE – 1851 GMAT – 1929 TOEFL – 1851.

Curriculum Codes

UIC Curriculum codes: Please carefully check that you have used the correct UIC curriculum code on your application. Using a wrong code may delay review of application and acceptance into UIC. Students admitted as non-degree seeking will not be eligible for any financial assistance, including loan programs.

MUPP Curriculum Code: 20FS1786
MUPP PHD Curriculum Code: 20FS1785
PHD Non-Degree in UPP Curriculum Code: 20FS1786NDEG
Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Campus Certificate

Program Codes
Program code: 20FS5209NDEG (NDEG:Geospat Anlys (Cert) -UIC); Major: 9994 (Campus Certificate Program); Concentration: 5209 (Geospatial Analysis & Visual); Degree: NDEG

What are some of your strengths? What are you passionate about and how have you demonstrated commitments to those causes?

These are some of the questions you are meant to think about when developing a personal statement for graduate and professional school applications. Some thoughts may immediately come to mind, but when it comes to translating those thoughts to the written word, it’s easy to get stuck.

Personal statement workshops, such as those hosted by LAS Pre-Health Advising, provide students with guidance as they struggle to find words to fill a blank Word document. Here are some tips that I gathered at the latest of such workshops.

  • Focus on describing how you have demonstrated the strengths you want the application committee to notice — don’t simply listing those skills.
  • Identify key experiences that serve as highlights for your college career. Then extract concrete examples from those experiences that add to the story-like quality of your statement.
  • It’s OK to write about your background, but make sure you use events that occurred prior to college to paint a picture of who you are today and what you’re doing now.
  • You need to be comfortable speaking about everything in your essay at a potential interview. So, if you’re considering describing a very personal event, make sure it is one that you would be willing to answer questions about.
  • Recognize that the personal statement is one component of your application and it’s unlikely that it will be the determining factor in your acceptance. However, it is still the only opportunity for you to introduce yourself on your terms and likely the component over which you have the most control. So, instead of viewing it as a burden, take advantage of it.

The next LAS Pre-Health Advising personal statement workshop will be held March 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. in 850 UH.


Hoda Fakhari is a senior studying biochemistry and English with a concentration in media, rhetoric and cultural studies. She is interested in making connections between subject areas that appear uncomplimentary in order to arrive at more diverse and relevant ways of understanding people and society.

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