MS in Occupational Therapy

Admissions for the MS in OT program have been suspended as we  launched the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) degree program in August 2022.  The final cohort of MS students was admitted in Fall 2021 and will graduate in 2023.

UIC has transitioned to an entry-level OTD degree program in fall 2022. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has granted UIC’s entry-level OTD program Candidacy Status. The second admission cycle is open for the entry-level OTD program, which is two years and 9 months in length, with enrollment starting in August 2023.

Current MS in OT students have the option to apply to co-enroll in our post-professional OTD program (P-OTD).  The P-OTD is completed after completing the MS in OT degree program, and students can earn both degrees in about three years as a full-time student.  The P-OTD program will continue to be available after the entry-level OTD program is fully launched.

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The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE®’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

Program Outcomes

The following shows program outcomes for students enrolled in our Master of Science program leading to certification for the past three years. Students that complete the program typically graduate from the program in July following 23 months of full-time study. Occasionally students are delayed in completion of the program or delayed in taking the certification examination. Consequently, the number of students matriculating into the MS program in a given year may be different from the number of individuals graduating or taking the certification exam. Program outcomes for the Class of 2022 will be provided in early January 2023.

The total number of graduates for the University of Illinois Chicago Master of Science Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2019-2021 was 136, with an overall graduation rate of 99%.

Refer to the tables below for important program outcomes.

Graduation Year (Academic Year)Students Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate
202046 (# of students in the cohort that entered in 2018)/46100% to date

202146 (# of students in the cohort that entered in 2019)/4598%

One student who matriculated in 2019 left the program voluntarily.
202246 (# of students in the cohort that entered in 2020)/4598%

One student who matriculated in 2020 remains in progress.
TOTAL138/13699% to date
Reflects overall graduation rate for the three cohorts of students who entered the MS program in academic years 2018, 2019, 2020

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at 

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2022-2023 tuition & fee rates per semester and for the total program
Per SemesterEstimate for total 2 yr MS program (based on 4 full-time semesters and 2 summers that are one half as long as a fall/spring semester. Includes a 2% estimated increase in tuition and fees for year 2.)
Resident of IllinoisNon-residentResident of Illinois Non-resident
Graduate Base Tuition$6,083$12,678$31,088$64,792
OT Tuition Differential$2,483$2,483$12,690$12,690
Student Fees
(General, Health Service, Academic Facilities Maintenance, Library and Information Technology Assessment, Student to Student Fee, Sustainability)
Average cost of books, supplies, and lab fees, including Electronic Health Record (EHR) software (EHR Go)$300$300$1,200$1,200
*Note: This is an approximate per semester average cost for books and supplies. The cost of books and supplies vary per semester, with the first semester costs being greater and with very low supply costs in the last 6 months. The EHR Go software is a one-time $155 subscription purchased in Fall 1 and covers the duration of the program. There is a $25 lab fee for disposable supplies for the assistive technology course in Summer I.
Average of Exaat Profile Fee: covers review, validation and storage of all of your health documents and other forms $25$25$151$151
Note: Additional costs for doctor visit co-pays, any out-of-pocket costs for visits, tests, and immunizations may also apply. Also, students must pay co-pays for doctor visits and any out of pocket costs for health services, tests, or immunizations. Accepted students will be required to set up a personal account with Exaat, and all required documentation must be submitted before new student orientation in mid-August.
HMO Insurance
(This can be waived with proof of insurance)
CTA U Pass Transportation Fee
(provides free bus and el train rides)

Tuition and fee rates are posted on the UIC website at While the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has set these tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year, tuition and fees are subject to change without notice any time prior to the first day of instruction.

Additional Expenses for the 2 year MS program

Fieldwork: All students must be prepared to relocate for one fieldwork experience or have travel time of one hour or more to their site. Costs may include transportation to and from fieldwork site, travel, parking, housing, and meals. Costs may approximate $4,000, depending on where the site is located and if the student must pay for airfare and double rent during fieldwork.

Cost of Living: Housing costs vary greatly around the Chicago area and are hard to predict, as it depends on the kind of neighborhood a student lives in and whether they have roommates. An information packet is provided to accepted students about housing options and costs in a variety of neighborhoods.