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Degree-seeking Checklist

Application
Application Fee
How to Upload Documents
Transcripts
Professional Statement
Resume (business applicants only)
Letter of Recommendation (optional)
GRE/GMAT Scores
TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores (if Required)
International Applicants Only—Financial Support Documents
International Applicants Only—Passport Identity Page
International Transfer Applicants Only—School Transfer Form

Application

Always check your email with important, detailed application status updates or in your online Application Portal.

When you being the application process in the online Application Portal, you will provide all information and documents at one time before submission (excluding test scores or letters of recommendation submitted via electronic invitation). You can monitor your application status in the Application Portal and with the App Tracker. You will receive detailed emails if we are missing any application documents or information as well as emails updating you on your overall application status. Be sure emails from gradstu@iit.edu do not go into your spam folder.

Application Fee (non-refundable)

The application fee can only be paid by credit card. We do not accept PayPal nor payments sent by mail.  The fee for graduate students is $60 or $75 for Stuart School of Business applications.  Current IIT students or alumni are eligible for application fee waivers; be sure to indicate IIT in the enrollment history section of your application if you are currently attending or have previously attended IIT to receive the waiver. Be sure to follow the instructions in the application once you indicate IIT as a school to ensure the application fee is applied properly.

How to Upload Documents

Please do not submit your official documents via post; all documents need to be uploaded electronically. Be sure all documents are in PDF format. If there are multiple pages of one document, merge all pages into one PDF file.

Instructions below for submission.

  • Scan a copy of your official and original paper transcripts, individual mark sheets, or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution's web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Please note attested copies are not acceptable and will delay processing time. You must include an official English translation if your official transcripts are not issued in English.

  • Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution's name, your name, and the names of your courses and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back (if there is information on the back) of your documents: we will need to be able to review the information provided on the back of your documents concerning credit hours, the institution's grading scale, etc.

  • All files MUST be in PDF format.

  • If the degree is completed, you MUST upload your original degree certificate or provisional certificate along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets.

Transcripts

  • During the application, you must indicate all institutions attended, regardless if a degree was earned or not, even if you received transfer credit from your next institution.

  • Scan a copy of your official and original paper transcripts, individual mark sheets, or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution's web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript (except for current Illinois Tech students). Please note attested copies are not acceptable and will delay processing time. You must include an official English translation if your official transcripts are not issued in English.

  • If you receive transcripts or mark sheets from the school, we allow you to break the seal of the envelope to then scan and upload your documents. Domestic applicants may have a stamp on their transcripts that say “Issued to Student.”

  • Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution's name, your name, and the names of your courses and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back (if there is information on the back) of your documents: we will need to be able to review the information provided on the back of your documents concerning credit hours, the institution's grading scale, etc.

  • If the degree is completed, you MUST upload your original degree certificate or provisional certificate along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets.

  • All files MUST be in PDF format.

International Applicants—Acceptable Credentials

The table below details the credentials accepted for admission to Illinois Tech's graduate programs.

Country Minimum Level Required Evaluation Required?
Australia Four-year bachelor's degree in any field; three-year bachelor's degrees must be accompanied by a two-year master's degree No
Canada Quebec: three-year bachelor's degree
All other provinces: four-year bachelor's degree
No
China Four-year university degree No
France* Diplome d'Ingenier from Grandes Ecoles; Maitrise from universities No
Germany Diplom, Magister Artium, or staatsexamen; three-year Bologna Bachelor's degree Yes
Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone Four-year university degree
Pre-2000s: three-year bachelor's degree after GCE A-Levels
No
India Four-year bachelor’s degree in any field; three-year bachelor’s degrees must be conferred in First Class with Distinction from an NAAC Grade “A” Indian institution (see IIT’s three-year degree policy here); other three-year bachelor’s degrees must be accompanied by a two-year master’s degree. (Note: profession qualifications and postgraduate diplomas completed after a bachelor’s degree are not considered sufficient for admission.) No
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal Four-year bachelor's degree in any field; three-year bachelor's degrees must be accompanied by a two-year master's degree. No
Latin America Four-year university degree No
Middle East Four-year university degree No
New Zealand Four-year bachelor's degree (Honours); three-year bachelor's degrees must be topped off by a two-year master's degree or one year of additional study for the award of the bachelor's degree (Honours). No
Other Asian Countries Four-year university degree No
Other European Countries* Four-year university degree or three-year Bologna Bachelor's degree Yes
Philippines Four-year university degree No
Russian Republics Four-year university diploma; three-year Bologna bachelor's degree Yes
United Kingdom Three-year bachelor's degree No

* Please note that applicants from Illinois Tech European partner schools must provide all transcripts in your original language and an official English translation as well as your 3-year bachelor’s degree equivalent certificate issued by your school.

 

For country-specific guidelines for transcript or mark sheet upload requirements

United States
China
India
Iran
Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone
Other

 

Transcripts From Institutions Within the United States

Official student copy transcript, paper or electronic, issued by the Registrar must be uploaded through the the online Application Portal.

We do not accept web-based copies, degree audit reports, or student generated transcripts.

Current or former Illinois Tech students

If you are a current or former Illinois Tech student, you may upload unofficial Illinois Tech transcripts which you may access in your myIIT portal.

Transcripts From Institutions in China

You must present the original academic transcripts, and graduation and degree certificates with the stamp or seal of the university on each page. Transcripts must be submitted in the original language and in English. Translations must come from the institution or from a professional translation service.

If the degree is completed, you MUST upload your original degree certificate or provisional certificate along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets in both languages through the online Application Portal.

Individual Mark Sheets From Institutions in India

You must upload your original individual mark sheets from each institution from which you have earned or will earn a degree through the online Application Portal (Spring 2016).

If you have received a three-year degree, or are part of a sandwich program, you must upload any and all mark sheets from your prediploma courses or masters; three-year degrees, starting in Fall 2015, are now accepted for master’s programs in certain schools within Illinois Tech; please review our policy on acceptable three-year degrees to see if your institution and/or degree qualify you to apply. Postgraduate diplomas or professional programs completed after a three-year bachelor's degree are also considered insufficient for admission purposes. A master’s degree, or AIU-deemed master’s equivalent diploma, in addition to the three-year bachelor’s programs, are the minimum requirement for access to Illinois Tech graduate programs.

All mark sheets must contain all marks for all attempts at each examination. Any failures MUST be shown; consolidated transcripts cannot be accepted. If the statements of marks include abbreviated paper titles, or numbered papers without titles, please provide complete course titles. Please note we require a minimum of the first six semesters for admission consideration.

NOTE: Exceptions for consolidated transcripts are for any Indian Institute of Technology institution. You must upload your original consolidated transcripts through the online Application Portal.

Transcripts From Institutions in Iran

Original, official transcripts and degree certificates in Farsi, stamped and signed by the issuing institution and accompanied by word-for-word English translations, must be uploaded. If your original transcripts are issued by the institution in English a corresponding Farsi version is not required.

If the degree is completed, you MUST upload your original degree certificate or provisional certificate along with your academic transcripts.

Iranian applicants: please submit your application here.

NOTE: Translations must be made by a professional translator but may be stamped by the Ministry of Education. For English translation services we recommend consulting http://www.atanet.org.

Transcripts From Institutions in Pakistan

You must upload your original individual mark sheets or transcripts from all institutions attended and must contain all marks for each attempt at each examination. Any failures MUST be shown; consolidated transcripts cannot be accepted. If the statements of marks include abbreviated paper titles, or numbered papers without titles, please provide complete course titles.

If the degree is completed, you MUST upload your original degree certificate or provisional certificate through the online Application Portal.

Transcripts From Institutions in Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone

Official, original transcripts issued by your institution must be uploaded.

If you have completed your degree and have graduated, all graduation certificates or diplomas issued by the institutions attended MUST also be uploaded along with your transcripts through  the online Application Portal. If your transcripts (and/or certificates) are issued in the original language (non-English), please include a professional English translation of all documents and upload it in one file.

NOTE: For English translation services we recommend consulting http://www.atanet.org

Transcripts From Institutions in All Other Countries

Official, original transcripts issued by your institution must be uploaded.

If you have completed your degree and have graduated, all graduation certificates or diplomas issued by the institutions attended MUST also be uploaded along with your transcripts through the online Application Portal. If your transcripts (and/or certificates) are issued in the original language (non-English), please include a professional English translation of all documents and upload it in one file.

NOTE: For English translation services we recommend consulting http://www.atanet.org

Please note that professional evaluations are required for credentials from the following countries (students from IIT partner schools are exempt from this requirement):
Afghanistan, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, French West Africa, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South America, Spain, Switzerland, Yemen.

Illinois Institute of Technology reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission if any discrepancies are found between your uploaded and official transcript(s).

All Applicants Please Note

If your prior institution does not issue transcripts in English, both the original and a professional English translation are required. We recommend an ATA translator (http://www.atanet.org/). If your prior institution does not use the 4.0 scale grading system, your admission specialist in the Office of Graduate Admission will evaluate your grades with respect to that system upon review of your transcripts. In the case we are unable to evaluate and interpret credentials applicants will be required to have their documents professionally evaluated. Applicants must use Educational Credential Evaluators, One Earth International Credential Evaluations, or Educational Perspectives. Professional evaluations along with official, original documents should be uploaded with the application. If you are admitted you will be required to have the official evaluation submitted to Illinois Tech by the issuing service.

If you encounter issues with uploading your transcripts in your online application please contact your specialist.

Professional Statement

Your professional statement should be written in essay format and should include discussion of your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your academic background, your research interests (if applicable), relevant professional experience or related accomplishments to date, and your career goals. A typical statement is between 500-2000 words in length.

Your professional statement is a required application document to be submitted and it cannot be revised or resubmitted after you submit the application.

Resume

Only applicants to the IIT Stuart School of Business must submit a current resume as a required application document. No other departments or schools allow or require a resume as a supplemental application document.

Letters of Recommendation

Beginning with applications for the spring 2016 semester and all future terms, the Office of Graduate Admission permits letters of recommendation to be optional for all master's and Ph.D. programs. Master's and Ph.D. applicants may submit up to two letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who are able to assess your academic and/or career achievements and potential. Recommenders may include professors or employers, but may not include family members or personal friends. Please ask your recommenders ahead of time if they are willing to write you a letter of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online Application Portal; you will input the recommendor’s name and email address, and they will receive an electronic invitation to their email and then type in their recommendation, not upload a document. You will not see this document as they will upload it themselves and it will go immediately into your application.

Please do not submit more letters than are allowed for your application. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the admission committee.

GRE/GMAT Scores

We require official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (IIT Stuart applicants only) scores sent directly to IIT by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Please ask ETS to send your scores to institution code 1318; no department code is required. For GMAT scores please select Ilinois Institute of Technology and the correct college/program. Read complete GRE/GMAT score requirements.

NOTE: Any difference between an applicant's name in the score report and in the application to Illinois Tech will delay or prevent Illinois Tech from properly obtaining scores. Be sure that the name you give the testing service matches exactly the name you provided on your application to Illinois Tech.

TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores (if Required)

Any applicant whose undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where the primary language of instruction is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Read complete English proficiency requirements.

We require official TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores sent directly to Illinois Tech by the testing service. Please request that your scores be set to institution code 1318; no department code is required.

NOTE: any difference between an applicant's name in the score report and in the application to Illinois Tech will delay or prevent Illinois Tech from properly obtaining scores. Be sure that the name you give the testing service matches exactly the name you provided on your application to Illinois Tech.

IIT Stuart Applicants: Please note that Stuart students are required to participate in an English assessment and possibly take courses in the Professional Communication Advancement Program even if they are not required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores for admission. 

International Applicants Only—Financial Support Documents

Please complete Graduate Admission's Financial Support Form. Please read all instructions carefully to ensure that each required section of the form is complete.

You must upload the form along with all supporting documentation in your App Tracker. Your unique App Tracker is provided in all application emails. Please note, submission of this form is not required for review of your application.

You may submit your financial support documents after being notified of admission, if you wish; however, an I-20 cannot be issued to any admitted student until valid documents have been received and approved by the Office of Graduate Admission. For this reason, we encourage you to submit them as early as possible.

International Applicants Only—Passport Identity Page

A copy of your passport identity page must be submitted through your App Tracker.

The copy of your passport identity page is not required for purposes of application review and admission decision, although applicants are strongly encouraged to submit it prior to admission, if possible. This documentation aids in efficient processing of your I-20, if you are admitted.

International Transfer Applicants Only—School Transfer Form

The School Transfer Form must be submitted by any international student currently studying on an F-1 visa who intends to transfer to Illinois Tech from another institution in the United States. It indicates the release of your I-20 by your current institution, permitting Illinois Tech to create a new I-20 for you. This form should be submitted only after you officially have been admitted to Illinois Tech.