After You Apply

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.

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.

After a decision has been made

You’ll be notified of our decision on or before March 15. Very strong applicants may be notified in early January.

After we complete our review and make a decision on your application, we’ll communicate our decision to you via email. You’ll also receive an official letter from the Office of Admissions and we will update OTCAS. We do this throughout the application cycle, November through March 15.

If you've been admitted...

Congratulations! Access the Department of Occupational Therapy Admitted Student Checklist to follow up with next steps!

International students: If you’ll need a student visa, you should submit OIS financial documents through the application checklist for the Office of International Services. Contact the OIS concerning document requests and visa processing.

If you need to defer admission...

Admission cannot be deferred for students who are accepted for Fall 2021 due to the planned conversion to an entry-level OTD in Fall 2022. Students who choose to wait to enroll will need to apply to the entry-level OTD for Fall 2022.

If you've been waitlisted...

We create a ranked alternate list of those who were close to being admitted but slightly below the admission point cutoff. If admitted students decline our offer, we call the top alternate on the list to offer admission. We don’t anticipate calling any alternates before April 1. In late spring, we send out updates about how many alternates we’ve admitted. If you have another offer that you’re considering and need to know your status before making your decision, contact us.

If you've been denied...

Admission to our program is highly competitive. Unfortunately, we’re unable to respond to individual questions you may have about the reasons your application was denied. We hope the information provided in your letter can assist you in understanding the rationale for our decision.

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