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Requirements to Apply

TTIC, in admissions, employment and access to programs, considers all faculty, staff and students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.

TOEFL/IELTS: All applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL code for TTIC is 8503. For the IELTS, the test center should send your results directly to:

TTIC Admissions Office
6045 S. Kenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 U.S.A.

Some exceptions apply for students from some English speaking nations, or those who have studied there. For more details, visit Additional Information for Foreign Applicants found here.

GRE: Reporting GRE scores is not required, but you submit scores as part of your application. The GRE Computer Science Test was discontinued following the April 2013 test administration. Scores will continue to be reportable for five years. In any case, if you report GRE scores in this web-form you must also have ETS (who administers the GRE) officially report your scores to TTIC. The GRE code for TTIC is 8503.

Transcripts: All applicants must submit official academic transcripts for each year of post-secondary education (college or university.) If the transcript does not have degrees awarded listed, you must send official copies of degrees awarded. Please upload a PDF copy of transcripts (unofficial transcripts in electronic form; a detailed list of courses and grades). Additionally, you MUST also arrange for official copies of all transcripts to be sent to us directly by mail (We cannot consider admission without also receiving official transcripts in the mail).
For more details about transcripts or translation of transcripts, visit Additional Information for Foreign Applicants found here.

APPLICATION TIMELINE:

It is strongly recommended to begin your studies at TTIC in September. It is also possible to apply for admission for January or April. On the application, please indicate the quarter for which you are requesting admission.

Applications may be submitted at any time of the year. However, for September admission, applications received after January 15 are not guaranteed to receive full consideration. Applications received by January 15 will generally be notified of the admissions decision by about the beginning of April. Applications for January or April admission, or applications for September admission received after January 15, will generally be notified of the admissions decision within approximately three months.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material, including reference letters, grade reports and transcripts sent directly to us, arrive at TTIC in a timely manner. Material mailed from outside the US should be sent via air mail. The application is considered complete, and evaluation can generally begin, only after all such material is received. An application might be rejected if all material is not received within two months. Please contact admissions@ttic.edu if difficulties arise in getting the material to TTIC.

STEP 1: Apply online. (No application fee)

STEP 2: Have your official transcripts, TOEFL or IELTSscores (if an International student), and GRE report (optional) sent directly to:

Admissions Office, TTIC
6045 S. Kenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
U.S.A.

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The U.S. grade point average is on a scale of 1 to 4. If you are noting a GPA on another scale- please note the scale maximum. (Example- 13.77 of 20).

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Please report your TOEFL/IELTS score below (the score you report here MUST match an official score report sent directly to TTIC).
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Please list the institution(s) that TTIC should expect to receive transcripts from. On this application form, please upload a scanned PDF(s) of your transcript(s). At least one transcript PDF is required on this application form. In any case, all transcripts from institutions you have attended/ are attending MUST be submitted to TTIC Admissions Office.

Valid transcripts: Shall be in a sealed envelope from the Registrar of that Institute. If work is in progress, you should submit a supplementary transcript at the end of the term. If transcripts show degrees awarded, diploma certificates need not be submitted. Any copies of credentials must be validated with an original and legible seal or stamp by a school administrative officer such as a Registrar or an official of the issuing body. If institutional policies require submission of official transcripts directly to the Institute they may be mailed to TTIC. (See Step 2 listed above)
Not acceptable as official transcripts: Copies prepared and signed by faculty members, city or government officials, notaries public, the Fulbright Commission or any other agency are not considered official. Photocopies of transcripts are not acceptable and records sent by fax are not acceptable as official transcripts. You may submit scanned copied of such transcripts below, but TTIC MUST receive a valid official transcript(s) by mail.
Call or email Admissions for any questions you may have on this or any section of the application. (773) 834-2216 or admissions@ttic.edu.
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List Post Secondary Institutions Attended:
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Please list references (minimum three; maximum six). On submission of this form an email will be generated requesting each reference to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

References should be individuals qualified to evaluate your academic achievements and potential for graduate study. Recommendations from college/ university instructors are preferred; if that proves difficult, you may also request letters from employers, supervisors, or professional associates. Recommenders should electronically submit letters to TTIC as instructed in the automated mail they receive. If it is absolutely necessary to send it in the mail, they may be sent to:

Admissions Office of TTIC
6045 S. Kenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

NOTE: In some instances, these emailed requests may be tagged as "spam" by your reference's email program. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that letter writers recognize and reply to reference letter requests. You may have your reference letter sent to recruiting@ttic.edu if your reference could not locate the email request from TTIC.


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Please note that any deliberate falsification or omission of application data may result in rescinding of admission, denial of permission to enroll, or dismissal from courses. Through online application submissions, all applicants affirm acceptance of these terms and conditions.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

All students who gain acceptance to TTIC with full-time status receive a full tuition scholarship and financial support either in the form of a scholarship or through working as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. This support is dependent upon maintaining full-time status and meeting academic requirements and standards set by the Institute.


Retention of credentials: Credentials of non-matriculates and applicants not admitted are retained for one year; If the applicant does not request re-application by the end of that period- all materials are removed from our files.

Questions regarding this form should be sent to the webmaster


Additional Information for Foreign Applicants

Important Information for Foreign Applicants

TTIC academic programs normally begin in the autumn quarter each year - it is not recommended to begin the program mid-year.

Foreign transcripts and documents should be issued in their original language AND be accompanied by official English translations of those documents. If your school does not issue official transcripts in English, you should send the original transcript AND and an English translation. The translation should be prepared or verified by a school official or faculty member proficient in both the original language and English, or an official translation service or notary.

Additional documents may be requested by TTIC upon review of your original application and document submittal.

If detailed transcripts are not available, the certificates must be accompanied by official statements showing the class or quality of degrees or diplomas, and marks received on degree examinations as compared with the maximum marks obtainable. If the schools that you attended are no longer in existence, or if it is impossible to obtain official documents from any schools, please ask the Ministry of Education in your home country to furnish an official statement testifying to the impossibility of obtaining records. The Ministry should also be requested to supply TTIC with a list of courses ordinarily followed in the school or university.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who are international students and have not studied for at least one academic year within the last five years in a school in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or an English-medium university in Canada or South Africa, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

To be successful in the academic program, it is essential that each graduate student is competent in understanding and communicating in English. The assessment of English competency will be made based on two factors: 1) the TOEFL or IELTS score, and 2) applicant interviews.

The minimum TOEFL score to be considered for admission is 92 on the internet-based test (iBT) and 580 on the paper-based test (PBT). Please note that the computer-based test results are no longer valid (see the TOEFL website for more information).

The minimum IELTS score allowed is 7. Minimum required scores in the IELTS are an overall score of 7, with sub scores of 7 each. (Note: students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test).

English competence, evaluated based on the test scores and an interview with a TTIC representative, is factored into the final admissions decision.

An applicant may be admitted with an English proficiency test score lower than that listed above.  The score must still fall within the range listed below:

In such cases, and as terms of acceptance, the applicant must enroll in and complete an English enhancement course from the University of Chicago International House’s English Language Institute in the Language Skills or Pronunciation and Conversation Skills course list. This must be completed in the first quarter after enrolling at TTIC. All course expenses and material fees will be covered by TTIC, and a note of attendance/completion must be submitted from the English Language Institute and kept on file in the TTIC Registrar’s Office.

If you have further questions, please contact the Admission Office of TTIC, 6045 S. Kenwood Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637. Telephone: 773.834.2216. Email: admissions@ttic.edu