Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional Program: OTD)

Admission Requirements

  • Prior Degrees The OTD is a post-professional degree and therefore all students must have either an earned entry-level occupational therapy credential (bachelor’s or master’s level) or be currently enrolled in the UIC Professional Master of Science degree in the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Proof of certification or eligibility for certification in occupational therapy in the U.S., or have an occupational therapy degree from a WFOT approved program outside of the United States.
    • This will be waived for students applying to co-enroll in the MS and P-OTD programs. These students must complete Fieldwork II and all MS coursework in order to continue on in the P-OTD program.
  • Grade Point Averagea Minimum of 3.00/4.00 for all work beyond the baccalaureate level and at least 3.00a for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Test Required GRE General Test. Recommended minimum score of 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections. Scores below 150 are acceptable if the GPA is sufficiently high to demonstrate academic potential.a There is no minimum score for the writing section.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score (for international applicants)
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • UIC Application and P-OTD Application Required.
  • Transcripts Required. See OT Department website for specific requirements related to unofficial and official documents.
  • Personal Statement Required. Three-to-four-page statement. See OT Department website for specific requirements.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required. See OT Department website for specific requirements.
  • Curriculum Vitae Required. See OT Department website for specific requirements.
  • Other Requirements for International Applicants

Applicants who do not meet the GPA or GRE expectations, but who demonstrate other strengths, may be considered.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 68 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate. Credit may be awarded for other relevant graduate work completed at UIC or another accredited institution. Any credit will be determined on an individual basis by the OTD Admissions Committee. All students are required to earn a minimum of 36 semester hours in formal coursework in the program, or 32 semester hours minimum with transfer credit of 4 hours not applied to a previous degree.
  • Coursework
Core Courses
Theories of Occupational Therapy
Research in Occupational Therapy
Advanced Field Experience: Clinical Specialization in Occupational Therapy
Advanced Field Experience in Occupational Therapy Leadership
Advanced Field Experience: Occupational Therapy Education
Advanced Field Experience: Occupational Therapy Scholarship
Proseminar in Occupational Therapy
Doctoral Project Research
Seminar in Occupational Therapy
Exact number elective credits will depend on the student's entry status (i.e. entering the program with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or co-enrolling with the MS program). OT electives are listed below. Many students take courses in other departments, such as Education, Special Education, Disability and Human Development, Psychology, Neuroscience, Community Health Sciences, Health Policy, Urban Planning, and Sociology.
Race, Culture, and Health Disparities
Program Evaluation: Documenting the Impact of Human Services
Writing for Professional Publications in Occupational Therapy
Disability and Community Participation: Policy, Systems Change, and Action Research
Disability and Global Health
Learning, Teaching, Curriculum Design, Delivery and Evaluation
Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation
Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
Independent Study
  • Fieldwork Advanced practica required. Students take a minimum of 4 and up to 12 hours of OT 530OT 531OT 532, or OT 533.
  • Field Examination Required.
  • Project Required. Students must complete at least 12 hours of OT 592.