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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Admissions FAQ

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, contact LER-admissions@illinois.edu.

Which is bigger, the fall or the spring class?
Will entering in the spring delay my completion of the program?
What GPA is needed for admission?
How do you determine GPA?
How should I submit my letters of reference?
Are there any program specific questions for the application?
I have applied online. What materials do I send to the department?
Should I wait for my GRE scores before I apply?
What GRE score is needed for admission?
Do I need a subject test for the GRE?
Can the GRE be waived?
What GMAT score is needed for admission?
If I am an undergraduate in the U.S., do I still need to submit my TOEFL score?
Do I need work experience?
Is it possible for international students to find an internship?
I have been out of school for a while. Who can I get to write a recommendation letter?
What are the department program codes?


Which is bigger, the fall or the spring class?

Typically, our spring class is about one third the size of the fall class (25 vs. 75 students).

Will entering in the spring delay my completion of the program?
Entering in the spring will not impede normal progress of the master’s degree.

What GPA is needed for admission?
Entering students at LER have an average GPA of 3.5, but our admission process is not formula driven. We have students with a wide range of undergraduate GPAs.

How do you determine GPA?
Your last two years of undergraduate work at the time of application is used to determine your GPA. If you take more than four years to graduate, all coursework beyond the second year is used in the GPA determination.

How should I submit my letters of reference?
The letters of reference should be submitted electronically through the Apply Yourself online application through the Graduate College at the University of Illinois. The names of references are entered into the system with email addresses, and they will receive further instructions for completion.

Are there any program specific questions for the application?
There are no program specific questions. We require a resume and personal statement to be submitted with the application along with all other required materials.

I have applied online. What materials do I send to the department?
All materials should be  submitted electronically with the application, including official transcripts. If you have already submitted the application, you may go back and upload transcripts through the “Post-submission Upload Credentials” page.

Once admitted to LER, you will need to provide a paper copy of an official transcript showing the degree and date awarded in a sealed envelope mailed directly from the institution to:

School of Labor & Employment Relations
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
504 E. Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820 U.S.A.

*International Students need to submit official transcripts through the electronic application system. If instruction at the undergrad university was completed in a language other than English, applicants need to include a copy of the transcripts in English as well as the native language. If degree has already been completed, the applicant must submit the Certificate of Degree, a copy in English and a copy in the native language (if appropriate). Please make sure there is a transcript legend included with all Official transcripts, explaining the grading scale.

GRE (and TOEFL for international applicants only) should be sent electronically to institution Code 1836. GMAT scores for master’s applicants should be submitted to code VKR-TK-05; doctoral applicants submit to code VKR-TK-83. (Note: It is correct that these code numbers are affiliated with the College of Business. They will be routed to LER.) International applicants should also complete and upload the Declaration & Certification of Finance form with supporting financial documents through the application site. The financial documents may be submitted after admission decisions are made, but preferred the information be uploaded with the initial application. Complete details can be found on the application website: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=uiuc-grad.

Should I wait for my GRE scores before I apply?
No. Once you provide the code for Illinois, your GRE scores will automatically be uploaded into your application. Do not wait for the deadline to submit your application.

What GRE score is needed for admission?
Admitted students receive an average of 55-65% on the three different sections of the GRE. This equates to 152-154 on the verbal section, 153-156 on the quantitative section, and a 4.5/5 on the analytical section.

Do I need a subject test for the GRE?
No, we only require the general test.

Can the GRE be waived?
No. An official GRE or GMAT score is required by the University of Illinois regardless of any advanced or professional degree that you may already have.

What GMAT score is needed for admission?
Admitted students who take the GMAT receive an average composite score between a 580-650.

If I am an undergraduate in the U.S., do I still need to submit my TOEFL score?
If an international student has completed at least two years of post-secondary full-time study (four consecutive semesters) or if they have a four-year degree at a U.S. institution, as defined by the home institution, or completed a degree in a country where English is the primary language and this degree is from an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the TOEFL/IELTS may be waived. If it has been longer than five years, new test scores are required.

Do I need work experience?
Prior work experience is helpful and valued, but not required. We encourage students to seek out an internship in the summer prior to enrolling.

Is it possible for international students to find an internship?
It is possible for international students to obtain an internship. However, not all of companies that recruit at LER hire international students. Additionally, international students who enroll in the spring need a J-1 visa to be eligible for employment in the summer immediately following their first semester at LER. Students will an F-1 visa that enter in the spring will not be eligible for the curriculum practical training (CPT) until the following January. In order to be eligible for the curriculum practical training (CPT), you are required to spend 9 months of full time study at a US institution immediately prior to your requested CPT. Those entering in the fall are eligible that summer.  Those entering in the spring will be eligible the next January.

I have been out of school for a while. Who can I get to write a recommendation letter?
If you have recently been in the work force, recommendation letters from professionals in your organization are acceptable. If you are coming straight from your undergraduate career, it is best to have at least two faculty references that attest to your ability to do graduate level work.

What are the department program codes?
MHRIR program code 10KS0364MHRI, Dept. 1568
Online MHRIR program code 10KS0364MHRU, Dept. 1568
PHD program code 10KS0364PHD, Dept. 1568
Joint Law degree JD/MHRIR program code 10KS8104NONE, Dept. 1568
Joint MBA degree MBA/MHRIR program code 10KS3922NONE, Dept. 1568