Application Process for Current CS @ ILLINOIS Graduate Students

Current CS @ ILLINOIS graduate students should apply to the PhD degree program by submitting the Curriculum Change form

Applications must be submitted by the posted application deadline.

Along with the Curriculum Change form, students applying to the PhD program must submit the following items:

  • A detailed "Statement of Purpose" that includes your background and why you want to complete a CS graduate degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One of these letters should be from a CS faculty member willing to serve as your advisor and support your research.
  • Current CV or resume, including any publications.
  • Your CS research interests: Please attach a separate PDF file containing the following information.
    • From the list below, select a minimum of one area and a maximum of three areas that you might be interested in pursuing for research. Please rank your selections in the order of preference.
      • Artificial Intelligence; Bioinformatics and Computational biology; Computer Architecture; Compilers; CS Education; Database and Information Systems; Distributed Systems; Graphics; Human-Computer Interaction; Networking; Operating Systems; Parallel / High-performance Computing; Programming Languages / Formal Methods / Software Engineering; Real-time Systems; Scientific Computing; Security; Theory and Algorithms; Visualization
    • Select a maximum of three faculty members whom you might be interested in working with during your graduate studies. Information about the faculty within different research areas can be found at: If you are unsure, leave these choices empty. It will not affect the admission decision.
  • International students applying to the Ph.D. program are highly recommended to obtain a passing speak score on the TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or the University of Illinois EPI exam. This will strengthen your application.

Where to Submit Your Application

Application materials, including letters of recommendation, can be submitted electronically (as PDF files) to or delivered as paper copies to 1210 Siebel Center.