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Admission Deadlines

Upcoming application deadlines for domestic and international applicants:

  • Spring 2018: December 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018: May 15, 2018
  • Fall 2018: August 1, 2018

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university is the minimum requirement for admission to the EMCP certificate. Application to the University of Illinois at Chicago is required for admission to the EMCP certificate program. While a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required, a GPA close to 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended.

1. Online UIC Graduate Application

Visit the UIC Graduate Application page and select the CAMPUS CERTIFICATE - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & CONTINUITY PLANNING (EMCP)* program from the drop down menu under Graduate & Professional Programs. Click on Application and create a log in. Complete and submit the application along with the $70 non-refundable application fee.

2. Unofficial Transcripts or Proof of Degree

Approximately 2-3 days after you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application and instructing you to log in to the system to begin uploading your materials.

Upload unofficial transcripts or proof of your bachelor’s degree, in PDF format, (with the exception of UIC transcripts, which will be added for you by the UIC Office of Admissions). An unofficial transcript is defined as an official transcript that has been sent to you, either on paper or electronically, by the Registrar’s Office of an institution, which you then upload into the application system. Online academic histories and advising/degree audit documents obtained through student web portals cannot be accepted.

Note: Do not have official transcripts sent to UIC during the application process. 

3. International Credential Evaluation Fee

If you are an international applicant or have taken foreign coursework, please refer to the foreign credential guidelines on the International Admission Requirements Web pageAn international credential evaluation fee of $30 is assessed to any applicant presenting coursework taken outside the United States. The evaluation fee must be paid after submission of the application. Note: in Fall 2018, the international credential evaluation fee will increase to $100.

4. Personal Statement

A concise typed statement of the student's reason for seeking education in emergency management and continuity planning. Please be sure to include your full name at the top of your personal statement. Email your personal statement to an EMCP Admissions Advisor.

5. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Email the Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae to an EMCP Admissions Advisor.


  1. International academic documents that are evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service that holds membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), in lieu of transcripts, are also acceptable.
  2. TOEFL SCORES - International applicants must present evidence of English competency. Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540, must be sent to UIC. UIC's institution code for the TOEFL is 1851. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Minimum scores required: paper-based TOEFL = 550, computer based TOEFL = 213, IBT total score = 80. The USMLE and ECFMG will not be considered in lieu of the TOEFL or as evidence of English competency.