Admissions and Programs

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UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development has long been a leader in disability research, scholarship and teaching. Our strength lies in the interdisciplinary nature of our department, with access to diverse faculty mentors and resources in the health fields, social sciences and humanities.

DHD graduates are finding careers ranging from academic appointments in the burgeoning field of disability studies, to leadership positions in social service and governmental agencies, to advocacy positions in countries around the world.

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Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience

Students with intellectual disabilities will attend classes at UIC in a two-year certificate program that prepares them for a career in their chosen field.

The UIC Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience, offered by the Department of Disability and Human Development, is funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Pilot admissions open for Spring 2022.

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Tuition and fees

Tuition is determined by the University of Illinois at Chicago, and does change every now and then. View the most up-to-date information on the UIC Office of the Registrar website.

Financial aid overview

Funding your education can be complex, but we believe that money shouldn’t be a barrier to reaching your goals. We’re committed to making college affordable by helping you through the financial aid process.

Loans, grants, scholarships and student jobs can make college more affordable and accessible. Familiarize yourself with the options available to you, and contact us whenever you need help.

Scholarships and awards

College-specific scholarships and awards

Students in good standing who demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply to college-specific scholarship and awards. For a full listing, visit the AHS tuition and aid page.

Program-specific scholarships and awards

Ann & Edward Page-El, M.D. Scholarship
The Ann and Edward Page-El Scholarship Award recognizes academic excellence and supports educational opportunities for graduate students interested in social or medical aspects of neurological disabilities.

Anne Hopkins Scholarship

The Anne Hopkins Scholarship supports educational opportunities for graduate students interested in any of the following topics: Disability and Sex, Relationships and Dating; Social Model of Disability; and Social Entrepreneurship.

Carlos Drazen Memorial Scholarship
The Carlos Drazen Memorial Scholarship supports educational opportunities for graduate students interested in the intersection of race and disability.

Charlotte A. Tate Award
The Charlotte A. Tate Award for Multidisciplinary Research is awarded to an outstanding student in the Department of Disability and Human Development that demonstrates a multidisciplinary approach across health, society and disability.

DHD/OT Black and Latinx Student Scholarship
The DHD/OT Black and Latinx Student Scholarship is awarded to students in DHD and OT who have financial need.  Preference is given to students who contribute to the diversity of each department, with further preference given to students that aim to serve or do research with Black and Latinx communities or that are involved in or interested in student organizations at UIC that promote Black and Latinx interests in society.

Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowed PhD Fellowship
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowed PhD Fellowship is awarded to a woman with physical disabilities on behalf of Margaret A. Staton, a disability advocate who has devoted her life to ensuring that no one will experience the disability prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion that she and her peers endured in the past.

Neal H. Gottlieb Memorial Scholarship
The Neal H. Gottlieb Memorial Scholarship award is awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate student in disability and human development who has a physical disability.

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Understanding the financial process can be overwhelming, but we’re here for you. Reach out when you need help and we’ll make sure you find the answers you need.

You can contact the DHD Office of Student Affairs: