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Accelerate your career with a proven education from UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business

Accelerate your career with a proven education from UIC Liautaud

Welcome from the Liautaud Admissions Team and thank you for your interest in the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business!

Our business program is the perfect blend of a relevant real-word curriculum and outstanding professional development. The goal of our program is that upon graduation, all students will have developed the skills needed to take the next step in their careers.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our graduate offerings. Whether you are looking to start a new career or enhance your current area of expertise, we have the faculty and staff to help you succeed.

Also, please take the opportunity to visit campus and see what the classroom experience is like as well as meet the faculty, students and staff that will be part of your UIC experience.


Important Dates

International Applicants

Domestic Applicants

Visit a Class to Experience Liautaud in Action

When determining which graduate business school is right for you, there can be many things to consider. While aspects like cost and accreditation may be the first to come to mind, the culture and experience of a school are just as important. That’s why the admissions team at UIC’s Liautaud Graduate School of Business are excited to invite you to sit in on one of our current Liautaud courses.

Visiting a class will give you an unscripted look at the interactions between students and faculty, a feel for what Liautaud students and faculty are like, the culture of our campus, as well as what to expect in a typical day in class 

In order to participate in a class visit, please view the available classes on our calendar and click on a class that interests you. You will be asked to provide your contact information and a Liautaud team member will confirm your visit by email. We will accompany you to the class and answer any questions you may have.

**We will contact you to confirm your class visit as some dates may be restricted due to exams or presentations.**

Kaushik Kompella, Master of Science in Finance, 2018

In today's world, no matter which field we belong to, innovation by incorporating technology is the key to succeed and propel forward. Likewise, UIC's MSF program has followed a similar approach in developing an innovative curriculum! The MSF program at UIC is an enriching experience. The great part is that it's a STEM program where most of the courses are quantitative and analytics driven. The coursework is designed in such a way that there is a good blend of conceptual and practical learning. This includes usage of state of the art tools which are currently employed in the industry. I would highly recommend this program to any individual focussing to build a career in Fin/FinTech domains.

Kaushik Kompella, Senior Associate, PwC
MSF '18

The Application


The application consists of:

  • Test Scores: GMAT or GRE scores are accepted by all programs. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. Please contact the testing companies for full details.*
  • Academic Record: Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.  A business-related undergraduate degree is not required to be admitted to our master's programs. 
  • Letters of Recommendation: We require two letters of recommendation from references who know you in a professional manner and can attest to your professional abilities. Specialized master's degree programs also accept letters from previous professors who can speak to your academic abilities. You will submit the recommenders’ names and contact information, and we will contact them for the recommendation.
  • Personal Statement: The personal statement provides you with the opportunity to discuss your career goals and why you think the UIC Liautaud program is a good fit. Guidelines are provided in the online application.
  • $70 application fee
  • Interview: MBA applicants only. All completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.
  • International Applicants: For more information for international applicants, click here.

*Circumstantial waivers apply for MBA applicants only. Applicants must submit a formal petition for consideration. View petition instructions here.

Helpful Hints

As you start the admissions process, here are a few hints to help make the process go smoothly:

  • The application process is paperless. Hard copy paper documents or mail documents are not accepted.
  • Please make sure you have your first and last name on all application materials so that we can match those documents to your file. If you have nicknames or have several names that you use, please be consistent and use only one name throughout the entire application process. It can be helpful to reference your date of birth date on documents.
  • Once you have begun the application, you can log back in at any time to check the status of your application.


Graduate Assistantships

Students who enrolled for eight or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. These on-campus job opportunities provide students with a partial tuition waiver and a stipend that varies in amount according to the time worked. They also provide valuable work experience in areas related to their degree program. Students are responsible for finding their own assistantships, just as one would find a job.

Partial Tuition Waivers

A number of partial tuition and fee waivers are available for incoming UIC Liautaud students. Funding awards are based on academic merit. Students do not need to apply separately for a waiver. You will be notified during the admissions process if you are being considered for a scholarship or a partial tuition and service fee waiver.

We also offer the Liautaud Scholars program for highly qualified full-time MBA students, a program that includes merit-based scholarships providing tuition remission. Ask an admissions representative to learn more about the program.

Federal Funding

You may be eligible for up to $20,500 per year of federal loan funding whether you plan to study on a part-time or full-time basis and regardless of your economic status. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps students begin the process of determining how to pay for their program. The funds are government loans and are made available to domestic students who are interested in pursuing a degree from an accredited institution who are not in default of past student loans and have correctly submitted the FAFSA form. UIC Federal School Code: 001776

Veterans Benefits

The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business eagerly welcomes veterans and participates in a number of programs designed specifically for U.S. Military Veterans.

The Illinois Veteran Grant pays tuition and fees for either undergraduate or graduate study at all Illinois public colleges and universities. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units. The IVG covers resident tuition and mandatory fees (this excludes refundable fees). The IVG does not cover University housing costs. Important: Students must submit a copy of their eligibility letter to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) prior to the term deadline established by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in order for the funds to be applied to their student account.

Illinois National Guard Grant supports enlisted officers or company grade officers of Illinois National Guard Units with one or more years of service may be eligible for payment of tuition at state universities and colleges in Illinois through the Illinois National Guard Grant (INGG). Other grants administered by Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) may be used in conjunction with the INGG, but may not replace the INGG. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units. Applications must be submitted annually and is available from ISAC.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 was signed into law in early January 2011. Depending on a veteran's eligibility level, benefits include: Payment up to 100% public in-state tuition & fees; A monthly basic allowance for housing (BAH) at the E-5 with dependents level; An annual books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year

Veterans can estimate the benefits they may be entitled to using the New GI Bill website's Benefits Calculator. The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business encourages veterans to contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for an official determination of their eligibility. For full details, visit the Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill website.

The MIA/POW Scholarship is available to dependents of Illinois veterans who are/were prisoners of war, declared missing in action, deceased, or have 100% service connected disability. You may request more eligibility information or an application from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year consecutive in state waiver at the University of Illinois to natural or legally adopted children of service members who are veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The following are limitations to the Child of Veterans Waiver: One tuition wavier will be given per county, per war; A candidate must be a permanent resident of the Illinois County from which he/she applies; The tuition waiver covers in state tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of Illinois.

Students must complete the application by March 1 proceeding the academic year for which they are applying.

Applications will become available each December 1. Applicants will be notified by April 1. Please be aware all application materials for UIC are all reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Aid in Urbana-Champaign and materials must be submitted accordingly.