UIC Background and Accreditation

Mission, History, and Leadership

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Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as “institutional”, and one referred to as “specialized” or “programmatic”.  Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution’s parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution’s objectives. Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college or school within a university, or as small as a curriculum within a discipline. Most of the specialized accrediting agencies review units within a postsecondary institution, which is accredited by one of the institutional accrediting commissions.  

The University of Illinois Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the institutional accrediting commissions in the United States. HLC is located at:

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440

The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The next comprehensive evaluation of UIC is scheduled for 2023-2024. Verification of accreditation status is available in the Office of the Chancellor (312) 413-3350 and at the HLC website.

The graduate academic degree programs described in this catalog have been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, located at:

1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
(217) 782-2551, (888) 261-2881 (TTY)
General Information: info@ibhe.org, http://www.ibhe.org
Institutional Complaint Hotline: (217) 557-7359, http://complaints.ibhe.org

In addition to institutional accreditation, certain individual programs offered at UIC's main campus, branch campuses, and additional locations are accredited by the following specialized accrediting agencies:

College of Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Visualization (MS)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI)
25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

Health Informatics (MS)
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
(312) 235-3255
Email: info@cahiim.org

Occupational Therapy—Professional (MS)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-6611
Email: accred@aota.org

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program—Professional (DPT)
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 684-2782, (800) 999-2782
Email: accreditation@apta.org

Candidacy StatusOccupational Therapy—Professional (Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-6611
Email: accred@aota.org

Consistent with ACOTE policy, the program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an onsite evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

UIC will learn ACOTE’s decision regarding accreditation of the entry-level-OTD program in December 2024, in advance of the graduation of the first entry-level OTD cohort in May 2025.

College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Architecture (MArch)
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2007
Email: info@naab.org, accreditation@naab.org

College of Business Administration

Accounting (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Business Administration (PhD)

Business Analytics (MS)
Finance (MS)
Management Information Systems (MS)
Management Information Systems (PhD)
Marketing (MS)
Supply Chain and Operations Management (MS)

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602-5730
(813) 769-6500

College of Dentistry

Dental Medicine (DMD) (formerly: Dental Surgery (DDS))
Advanced Certificate in Endodontics
Advanced Certificate in Orthodontics
Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
Advanced Certificate in Periodontics
Advanced Certificate in Prosthodontics
Advanced Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
American Dental Association (ADA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2637
(800) 621-8099
(312) 440-8099

College of Education

Education-Urban Education Leadership (EdD)
Instructional Leadership (MEd)
Special Education (MEd)

Science Education (MEd)
Early Childhood Education (MEd)
Language, Literacies, and Learning (MEd)

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
(866) 262-6663
(217) 782-4321
Note: The ISBE approves programs for licensure.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Psychology (PhD)
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(800) 374-2721
(202) 336-5500
(202) 336-6123 (TDD/TTY)

Teaching of English (MA)
Teaching of History (MA)
Teaching of Mathematics (MST)
Teaching of Spanish (MAT)

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
(866) 262-6663, (217) 782-4321
Note: The ISBE approves programs for licensure.

University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

Juris Doctor (JD)
Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association

321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-6738
Email: legaled@americanbar.org

College of Medicine

Medicine (MD)
Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA)
Association of American Medical Colleges
655 K Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2399
(202) 828-0596
American Medical Association
330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 39300
Chicago, IL 60611-5885
(312) 464-4933

College of Nursing

Nursing Science (MS)
Nursing Practice (DNP, Post-DNP Certificate)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 463-6930

Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Program (MS, DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate)
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374
(240) 485-1802

School Nurse Certificate  
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
(866) 262-6663, (217) 782-4321
Note: The ISBE approves programs for licensure.

College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy (PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy)
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
190 S. La Salle Street, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
(312) 664-3575

Forensic Science (MS)
Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)
410 North 21st Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
(719) 636-1100
Email: membship@aafs.org

School of Public Health (SPH)

Public Health (DrPH)
Public Health (MPH)
Public Health (MS)
Public Health (PhD)
Healthcare Administration (MHA/EMHA)

Clinical and Translational Science (MS)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(202) 789-1050

Healthcare Administration (MHA/EMHA)
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
P.O. Box 911
Spring House, PA 19477
(301) 298-1820
Email: info@cahme.org

Public Health—Industrial Hygiene (MS, MPH)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 347-7700

Public Health – Occupational and EnvironmentalMedicine (MPH)
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 755-5000
Fax: (312) 755-7498

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8080
Email: info@cswe.org

School Social Work Endorsement and Post-MSW PEL 
llinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
(866) 262-6663, (217) 782-4321
Note: The ISBE approves programs for licensure.

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Public Administration (MPA)
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
1029 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005-3517
(202) 628-8965
Email: naspaa@naspaa.org

Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP)
Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
2334 West Laurence Avenue, Suite 209
Chicago, IL  60625
(773) 334-7200


Tutorium in Intensive English (Nondegree)
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Email: info@cea-accredit.org

State Authorization for Online Programs and Courses

UIC must comply with state regulations concerning the delivery of online courses and programs to out-of-state students. UIC was approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which is intended to ease the workload of institutions seeking authorization to deliver online programs and courses in other states.

While students from most states may enroll in online programs at UIC, there are some important limitations.  Out-of-state students interested in enrolling in a UIC online program or online courses should check the State Authorization webpage for more information about the states in which UIC is approved to offer distance education programs.

Students interested in online programs may contact UIC Extended Campus at onlineinfo@uic.edu or (312) 355-0423 for more program information.