After You Apply

Admissions for the MS Program have been suspended as we are preparing for the launch of the Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program pending approval from (ACOTE (R)).  Please check back in June for updated information.  

You’ve applied and submitted your application. Now what?

What's next?

Attend an Applicant Visit Day

We encourage applicants to visit us virtually to learn more about our department and degree programs.  We will be hosting applicant visit days between December and March.  The schedule for Fall 2022 applicant visit days will be posted in November.

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Check your status

You can check your status of your application materials by logging into your OTCAS application at any time. This will show you a checklist of all your items and if they’re all correct and complete.

Departmental review

Admission is selective and quite competitive. Completion of requirements does not guarantee admission. The admissions committee, composed of four faculty, considers many factors including:

  • GPA for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate or graduate degree
  • GPA for the six required prerequisites that have been completed by the time of application (including fall courses)
  • GRE scores
  • OTCAS and UIC-specific personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Community service
  • Other relevant experience and expertise
  • TOEFL scores (for applicants whose native language is not English)

Refer to our FAQs for more detailed information on your chances.

Graduate college review

In some specific cases, applications we recommend for admission may need to also be reviewed by the Graduate College. The Graduate College may decide to uphold our recommendation or deny the application.

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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