The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students engage in faculty-led research, with degree programs that include student-selected field of specialization and elective courses. LAS contains over 40 different programs, giving students the opportunity to engage in the courses that will best prepare them for career success.

  • The largest of the UIC colleges
  • LAS hosts 26 departments and programs

Focusing on economic theory and statistical analysis, the Applied Economics program is accessible to students with less preparation in mathematics than is required for enrollment in an Economics Ph.D. program.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSMath: Calculus I, Statistics

Three Letters of Recommendation

Personal statement of professional goals and academic interests

Resume/CV

Encouraged but not required: Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses; Intermediate Microeconomics course

Optional: Writing sample

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYSummer Only

Click to see Math Self-Evaluation for Calc 1 and Self-Declaration of Math Proficiency Form.

SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Mathematical Methods for Economics (4 credits)
  • Probability and Statistics for Economics (4 credits)
  • Applied Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • Applied Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
  • Reading, Writing and Speaking Economics (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 40

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS8
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSSuccessful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 40

Graduates are prepared for careers analyzing and producing research about communication; the program focuses in media studies and intercultural diversity. Coursework includes Introduction to Communication Research, Seminar in Intercultural Communication and Operationalizing Communication Research.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM7.0 (no sub score lower than 6.5)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSLetters of Recommendation: Three required

Personal statement: Professional goals and academic interests

Resume

Writing Sample: 5-10 page writing sample, recommended but not required

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Introduction to Communication Research (4 credits)
  • Operationalizing Communication Research (4 credits)
  • Seminar in Media Studies OR Seminar in Intercultural Communication (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSSuccessful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32

The history and contemporary social issues of Latin Americans and Latinos are explored through courses including Anthropology, Hispanic Studies and Political Science.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSLetters of Recommendation: Three required

Personal statement: Professional goals and academic interests

Resume

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Latin American and Latinx Critical Thought (4 credits)
  • Latinos and Latin American in Transnational Context (4 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Latin American and Latino Studies (4 credits)
  • Professional Seminar in LALS

Total credit hours required for degree: 34

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS13
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 34

Seminars in topics such as Urban Politics, International Relations and Comparative Politics make this degree relevant to today’s local and global issues. Graduates are prepared for careers in government and advocacy jobs, as well as a business, law, education and other fields.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSLetters of Recommendation: Three required

Personal statement: Professional goals and academic interests

Resume

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Data Analysis I (4 credits)
  • Theories of Democracy and Representation (4 credits)
  • Elective, depends on course availability (4 credits)
  • Comparative Politics (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32