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Application Instructions - Master of Science

To be considered for admission to the online MS in Patient Safety Leadership program, you must submit all of the following:

  1. Online UIC graduate application and application fee
  2. Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  3. International credential evaluation fee, if applicable
  4. Personal statement
  5. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. 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 MS Patient Safety Leadership* 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

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 in PDF format, from all institutions where you took undergraduate and graduate courses, except UIC. 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.

Unofficial transcripts must be submitted for each institution attended, regardless of the age or nature of the coursework or degree work completed. UIC does not make exceptions to this requirement. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted all at once, or as you gather them, in any order.

Note: Do not have official transcripts sent to UIC during the application process. You will be requested to submit official transcripts once you are admitted.

3. International Credential Evaluation Fee

If you are an international applicant or have taken foreign coursework, please refer to the foreign credential guidelines on the International Admission Requirements web pageAn international credential evaluation fee of $50 is assessed to any applicant presenting coursework taken outside the United States. The evaluation fee must be paid after submission of the application.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Letters of Recommendation

These letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors and should speak to your academic qualifications, research capabilities/experience, and ability to succeed in advanced degree studies. Direct your recommenders to email their letters directly to your admissions advisor.

Suggested questions to forward to your recommenders, which they can address in their letters of recommendation:

  • What is the student’s motivation for graduate study?
  • What is the student’s conceptual/analytical ability?
  • What is the student’s initiative and potential for research?
  • How would you describe the student’s integrity?
  • What is the student’s ability to work with others?
  • What is the student’s effectiveness in speaking and writing?

7. 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)