Letter of Recommendation
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
The best way to find answers regarding the status of your application is by logging in to the Applicant Portal. Please note that once you have uploaded all of your required application documents you must allow 1-2 weeks for your specialist to review and verify your credentials. If you meet the minimum standards to be considered for admission your application will be forwarded to the department for a decision. This may take 4-6 weeks.
We encourage you to ensure that emails sent from Graduate Admission are not sent to your spam folder. Additionally, please remember to check your status regularly by logging in to the Applicant Portal, as well as by checking your email (we send various notifications to the email address you have given us).
Please contact us if you have questions regarding the following
- Your application fee
- Your CWID (Campus Wide ID) number if it has been more than five days since you have submitted your application and still have not received it
- Your uploaded document(s), if you need to resubmit a document or documents because of a problem when uploading
If it has been more than six weeks since your application has been sent to the department for a decision, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the subject line "Application Processing Inquiry." (Our response to your inquiry may be delayed if you do not include the requested subject line.)
Due to the number of emails received by our office it is important to use the Applicant Portal to check the status of your application. It is updated in real time and is the same source used by our office to check the status of your application.
NOTE: application documents must be uploaded for each application you submit, each time you submit an application.
The application fee for graduate programs at IIT is $60. Please note that the application fee for Stuart School of Business is $75. The application fee may be paid (a) by credit card or PayPal account when prompted at the end of the online application process, (b) by credit card through the IIT Student Accounting Office payment website, or (c) by check or money order made payable to Illinois Institute of Technology and mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. For the most expedient processing, we recommend option (a). If you choose to pay by check or money order, please specify the fee amount in U.S. dollars (USD). Other currencies cannot be accepted.
The application fee is waived for applicants who have been enrolled at IIT in the past or who attend an IIT graduate open house event within a year of applying. IIT alums, please visit the MyIIT Portal to access a waiver code to have the application fee waived. The code is on the "Academics" tab in the "Graduate Admission - Student" channel. If you don't see the "Graduate Admission - Student" channel then you first need to add it to your "Academics" tab. To add the "Graduate Admission - Student" channel to your "Academics" tab, click on "Content Layout" in the upper left-hand corner of the MyIIT portal (after you've logged in). In the "Select a Category" dropdown select "Academics" and click "Go." In the "Select a Channel" selection box that appears select "Graduate Admissions - Student" and click the "Add Channel" button in the far right-hand corner of the page.
If you graduated from IIT before spring 2009, or if you don't have an active IIT email, please see the "Transcripts" section below for instructions on how to request an IIT email and portal account.
Uploading transcripts or individual mark sheets
Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email with your CWID and instructions on how to log on to the Applicant Portal. You will be required to upload one copy of your scanned transcript or individual mark sheets from each institution you attended regardless if a degree was earned or not. Please note that three-year degrees or diplomas, not issued in the United Kingdom or as part of the Bologna process, must be submitted with a completed master's program or top-up bachelor's degree program transcript.
Please do not submit your official documents via post. All documents must be uploaded via the applicant portal. Please follow the 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 through the Applicant Portal along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets.
For complete document upload instructions please visit the document upload instructions page.
International Applicants—Acceptable Credentials
The table below details the credentials accepted for admission to IIT'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
|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
|India, 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. (Note: profession qualifications and postgraduate diplomas completed after a bachelor's degree are not considered sufficient for admission.)||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|
For country-specific guidelines for transcript or mark sheet upload requirements
Transcripts From Institutions Within the United States
Official student copy transcript,paper or electronic, issued by the Registrar must be uploaded through the Applicant Portal.
We do not accept web-based copies, degree audit reports, or student generated transcripts.
Current or former IIT students
If you have transcripts from IIT please visit the MyIIT portal to obtain a copy of your transcripts. Once you've logged in using your MyIIT username and password proceed to the "Academics" tab and then the "Banner Student Self Service" channel. Click "Student Records" and on the following screen "View Unofficial Transcript." Choose your transcript level and transcript type and click "Submit." Your IIT transcript should appear. To obtain a PDF of your transcript you may either take a screen shot of the transcript and save it as a PDF or print out the transcript and scan it to create a PDF. Finally, before uploading your PDF please review it to make sure that all the course and grade information is visible.
If you graduated from IIT before spring 2009 and do not have an active myIIT email and portal account, please visit http://www.iit.edu/alumni/updates/infoupdate/new_email.php to request an email and portal account.
If you graduated from IIT in or after spring 2009 you have an IIT email and portal account. If your portal account is inactive (you must log in to the portal once every six months to keep it active) please contact Office of Technology Services (OTS) at email@example.com or 312.567.desk.
Once you have logged successfully into the portal follow the directions above to obtain a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
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 through the Applicant Portal along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets.
You must upload your original individual mark sheets from each institution from which you have earned or will earn a degree through the Applicant Portal.
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 by themselves are not considered adequate for graduate admission. 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 IIT 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 IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) institution. You must upload your original consolidated transcripts through the Applicant Portal.
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 through the Applicant Portal. 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 through the Applicant Portal along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets.
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.
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 through the Applicant Portal. 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.
Official, original transcripts issued by your institution must be uploaded through the Applicant Portal.
All graduation certificates or diplomas issued in the original language or English by the institutions attended must also be uploaded through the Applicant Portal along with your transcripts. If in the original language (non-English) please include a professional English translation.
NOTE: For English translation services we recommend consulting http://www.atanet.org
Official, original transcripts issued by your institution must be uploaded through the Applicant Portal. If in the original language (non-English) please include a professional English translation.
All graduation certificates or diplomas issued in original language or English by the institutions attended must be uploaded through the Applicant Portal along with your transcripts. If in original language please include a professional English translation.
NOTE: For English translation services we recommend consulting http://www.atanet.org.
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).
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, Serbia, South America, Spain, Switzerland, Yemen
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, or One Earth International Credential Evaluations. 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 IIT by the issuing service.
If you encounter issues with uploading your transcripts in your online application please contact your specialist.
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 must be submitted through the Applicant Portal and cannot be revised or resubmitted after you submit the application.
Applicants to IIT Stuart programs must submit a current resume via the Applicant Portal.
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.
Master's degree applicants must submit two letters; Ph.D. applicants must submit three. Please do not submit more letters than are required for your application. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the admission committee.
Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the Applicant Portal. Any letter of recommendation that is uploaded by the applicant must be on official letterhead and be signed by the recommender. If the recommender is not able to provide a letter that is signed on official letterhead the recommendation must be sent electronically through the online invitation in the applicant portal.
Please allow three days from the time your recommender submits an online recommendation for your status to update online.
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 IIT will delay or prevent IIT from properly obtaining scores. Be sure that the name you give the testing service matches exactly the name you provided on your application to IIT.
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 IIT 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 IIT will delay or prevent IIT from properly obtaining scores. Be sure that the name you give the testing service matches exactly the name you provided on your application to IIT.
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.
Please complete Graduate Admission's Financial Support Form (pdf). 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 through the Applicant Portal. 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.
A copy of your passport identity page must be submitted through the Applicant Portal.
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.
The School Transfer Form (pdf) must be submitted by any international student currently studying on an F-1 visa who intends to transfer to IIT from another institution in the United States. It indicates the release of your I-20 by your current institution, permitting IIT to create a new I-20 for you. This form should be submitted only after you officially have been admitted to IIT.