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Application Instructions - Graduate Certificate

To be considered for admission to the online Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure, you must submit all of the following:

  1. Online UIC graduate application and application fee
  2. Unofficial transcripts or proof of degree
  3. Personal statement
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  5. For international applicants only

Complete details are provided below. Please follow each step in the application process carefully, as errors may delay the processing of your application.

Once your application materials are received and reviewed, your admissions advisor will notify you of any additional information that is required.

1. Online UIC Graduate Application

Visit the UIC Graduate Application page and select the Campus Certificate – Patient Safety, Error Science & Full Disclosure* program from the drop down menu under Graduate & Professional Programs. Click on Application and create a log in. Complete and submit the application along with the $70 non-refundable application fee.

2. Unofficial Transcripts or Proof of Degree

Approximately 2-3 days after you submit your application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application and instructing you to log in to the system to begin uploading your application materials.

Upload unofficial transcripts or proof of your bachelor's degree in PDF format. Note: If you have UIC transcripts, do not upload them; they will be added to your application materials by the UIC Office of Admissions.

An unofficial transcript is defined as an official transcript that has been sent to you, either on paper or electronically, by the Registrar’s Office of an institution. Online academic histories and advising/degree audit documents obtained through student web portals cannot be accepted.

Note: Do not have official transcripts sent to UIC during the application process.


3. Personal Statement

Your personal statement document should describe your interest and/or any related experience in the field of patient safety, and your goals related to patient safety leadership. Personal statements are typically two pages in length and should include no fewer than three references/citations. Email your personal statement to your admissions advisor.

4. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or CV should document your work history, including all full-time work and any substantive internships or part-time employment. Email your resume or CV to your admissions advisor.

5. For International Applicants Only

To view specific transcript/documentation requirements by country, visit the International Admission Requirements web page.


Minimum scores required for the TOEFL: Internet based test (IBT) total score of 80 with subsection minimum requirements of writing 21, speaking 20, listening 17, and reading 19; computer-based test score of 213; paper-based test score of 550.

Minimum scores required for IELTS: 6.5 total with subsection minimum requirements of listening 6; writing 6; reading 6; speaking 6.

TOEFL scores must be submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service to the UIC Office of Academic & Enrollment Services using institutional code 1851.

IELTS scores must be submitted directly from the International English Language Testing System to the UIC Office of Academic & Enrollment Services using institutional code 001851.

English Proficiency Requirement Exemptions

You do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if you can provide any of the following:

  • Evidence of attendance at a U.S. institution for at least 2 years of full-time study
  • A letter from a U.S. employer stating that you are proficient in the use of English and that you have been employed at the establishment full-time for at least 1 year
  • Evidence of 2 years of education or 1 year of employment in a country where English is the only official language, e.g. the United Kingdom, Australia, or Canada (excluding Quebec)