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Before you start, check out our admission criteria on the Before You Apply page to make sure you meet all the requirements.
Applications are due December 1 by 11pm CST. The recommended international deadline is October 1.
- UIC graduate application
- Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) application
- GRE scores
- Observation hours
- OTCAS personal statement
- UIC-specific personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Supplemental statement (optional)
UIC graduate application
Submit your application online via the UIC Website—just follow the instructions listed there. There is a non-refundable application fee of $70 for all applicants.
You may leave the section of the application requesting that you compute your grade point average blank. We’ll do that calculation.
Submit original transcripts from each U.S. institutions you have attended directly to OTCAS.
International students: Submit original transcripts from non U.S. institutions, transcript evaluations and translations to OTCAS and the UIC OT Department.
GRE scores are required for all applicants.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be sent directly from Education Testing Service to UIC. If you have taken the GRE within the past five years, you must request that scores be sent from ETS to UIC. UIC Institution Code: R1851.
The minimum recommended score on the GRE Exam is 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections, which is around the 40th-45th percentile. Scores below 150 are acceptable if the your GPA is sufficiently high to demonstrate adequate academic potential. The typical mean for accepted applicants on the verbal section is 157, which is approximately the 50th percentile. For the quantitative section, the typical mean is 153-154, which is approximately the 50th percentile..
There is no minimum score for the writing assessment, although most accepted applicants earn at least a 4 out of 6 and the mean is typically 4.3-4.4.
Retake scores will be accepted until January 15.
Enter all of your paid or volunteer experiences into the OTCAS application. Refer to the OTCAS website for detailed instructions on reporting.
OTCAS personal statement
Submit a personal essay that address why you selected OT as a career and how an OT degree relates to your professional goals. Refer to the OTCAS website for requirements.
UIC-specific personal statement
Submit a 400-word max UIC-specific essay answering the questions below.
Why is the UIC OT program a good match for you and why are you a good match for UIC? Think about the kind of OT you want to be, and how UIC will provide a means to get there. Answer the question by explaining how the UIC OT program links with your career plans and your prior experiences, interests, values or background.
Scan and upload your essay as a pdf document to the OTCAS Application under the Documents tab under the Program Materials section specific to UIC.
Letters of recommendation
Submit three letters of recommendation in support of your application. Personal references are not acceptable. Recommenders are typically faculty, academic advisors, teaching assistants, or work or volunteer supervisors. Refer to the OTCAS website for submission requirements.
Supplemental statement (optional)
If either of the below conditions apply, you may submit a second 400-word max statement as part of your application.
- You had at least one semester of lower grades due to a personal situation such as a serious problem with your health, family or finances. “Lower grades” is defined as at least one grade point below your overall GPA. (Example: A student with a 3.8 GPA had a semester at 2.8 or below.) Your statement should indicate what the situation was and how it affected your grades during a specific time period. If applicable, include the steps you took to prevent it from continuing to have a negative effect on your academic performance.
Email the statement as an attachment to email@example.com with the subject line “Supplemental Statement from (your name).” It must be submitted at the same time as your OTCAS application or it will not be considered.
If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Scores must be submitted to UIC directly using the institutional code 1851.
Our program has higher minimum score requirements than the Graduate College. Our minimum score for the internet-based TOEFL is 93, with subscores of Reading 22, Listening 25, Speaking 22, and Writing 24.
Declaration and Certification of Finances
The Declaration and Certification of Finances form must be signed by both the student and the sponsor.
It must be accompanied by an original or certified copy of a bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds in U.S. dollars. Please email the form and bank statement as a pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide an original transcript in the native language AND a translated copy in English. Translations should be on a translator’s letterhead and should be literal (not an interpretation).
UIC only accepts translations from ATA certified translators, court-appointed translators, or from the consulate. You can find a translator on the ATA website. Plain translations, notarized translations, and translations done by someone other than a certified translator are not acceptable.
We highly recommend applying by November 1 if you have transcripts that are not in English.
Detailed International Academic Credential Report
A Detailed International Academic Credential Report is also required. Make sure to get a course-by-course report.
The evaluation must be completed by one of the companies listed below. An ECE translation is strongly preferred.
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 11623
Chicago, IL 60611-01623
Where to send materials
Send to OT department:
- Original transcript in the native language
- ATA transcript translations on official letterhead
- Declaration and Certification of Finances form
- Copy of bank statement
Mail the above documents to:
UIC Department of Occupational Therapy
1919 W. Taylor St., 3rd floor (MC 811)
Chicago, IL 60612
Send to OTCAS:
- Original transcript in the native language
- Detailed international academic credential report from ECE or WES