MS in Patient Safety Leadership – Apply Now

Thank you for your interest in applying to the UIC MS in Patient Safety Leadership online program. This section of the Web site provides all the necessary instructions to successfully complete an application for admission to the program. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, deadlines, requirements or the admissions process, we encourage you to contact the PSL Online Admissions Team via e-mail ( or by phone at (866) 772-2268, option 1.

Application Deadlines

SemesterApplication Deadline
Spring 2018Rolling Admissions

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the MS in Patient Safety Leadership online program, applicants must have a:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), as well as in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), if graduate coursework has been completed.
  • Strong commitment to the field of patient safety and interest in improving the quality of healthcare.

Application Instructions

You are required to submit the items below in order to be considered for admission to the MS in Patient Safety Leadership online program.

  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

Additional information on these items is provided below. Please follow each step in the application carefully as mistakes can delay the processing of your application.

Once your application is reviewed, you’ll be notified by your advisor of any additional documents that are 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 e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application and instructing you to log in to the system to begin uploading your materials.

Upload unofficial transcripts, in PDF format, from all institutions at which you took undergraduate and graduate coursework (with the exception of UIC transcripts, which will be added for you 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, which you then upload into the application system. 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 course or degree work completed. The university does not make exceptions to this requirement. These 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 $30 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

This document should describe your interest or any related experience in the field of patient safety and your goals related to patient safety leadership. Responses are typically two pages in length and should include no fewer than three references/citations. Email the personal statement to your Admissions Advisor at

5. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or CV should show your work history, including both full-time work and any substantive internships or part-time employment. Email your resume or CV to your Admissions Advisor at

6. Letters of Recommendation

These letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors and should address your academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Direct your recommenders to email their letter directly to your Admissions Advisor at

Suggested questions to forward to recommenders that can be addressed in letters of support:

  • 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?


International Applicants Only

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


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

  • 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.
  • Two years’ education or one year’s employment in a country where English is the only official language, e.g. the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada (excluding Quebec).