Instructions & Materials, University of Illinois at Chicago


The OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service) is now available at All UIC OT applicants for Fall 2016 must apply through the OTCAS system.

A complete application to the MS program must include the following materials:

 The following materials are submitted to the OTCAS Application System:

Required Supplemental Material

An additional UIC-specific brief personal statement is required and should be uploaded under the Documents tab under the Program Materials section specific to UIC.  Please answer the questions below in one coherent essay of 400 words or less.

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.

To submit the UIC personal statement, applicants must scan and upload it as a pdf document to their OTCAS Application.  

Optional Supplemental Material

Please click here to view requirements for optional supplemental materials to be submitted to the department.

International Applicants only:

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test score cannot be more than two years old.  The Department of Occupational Therapy’s minimum total score is 93 with subscores of Writing 24, Speaking 22, Listening 25 and Reading 22 (Internet-based TOEFL). UIC’s Institutional Code for TOEFL is 1851.

A Declaration and Certification of Finances form (must be accompanied by an original or certified copy of a bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds in U.S. dollars) to the OT Department. Please email the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and bank statement as a pdf to 

International applicants must provide an original transcript in their 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 an ATA translator at their web site: Plain translations, notarized translations, and translations done by someone other than a certified translator are not acceptable. Applying by November 1 is highly recommended for students with transcripts that are not in English.

A Detailed International Academic Credential Report is also required for international applicants, in addition to original transcripts AND the ATA translation. The evaluation must be completed by one of the following companies. However, an ECE translation is strongly preferred. Make sure to get a course-by-course report. 

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470;
Phone 414-289-3400

World Education Services, Inc. (WES) P.O. Box 11623 Chicago, IL 60611-01623;
Phone: 312-222-0882


Send to the UIC Office of Graduate Admissions:

Send to OTCAS:

International applicants only:

Send to the UIC Office of Graduate Admissions:

Send to OT department:

Mail the above documents to:

UIC Department of Occupational Therapy

1919 W. Taylor St., 3rd floor (MC 811)

Chicago, IL  60612

Send to OTCAS: