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History and Overview

The University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area with 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Through its 15 colleges and professional schools, UIC offers 75 undergraduate, 85 master’s, and 61 doctoral programs in architecture, art, applied health sciences, business administration, dentistry, education, engineering, humanities, mathematics, medicine, movement sciences, nursing, performing arts, pharmacy, public administration, public health, sciences, social sciences, social work, and urban planning. The University’s programs are enhanced by a variety of research centers and institutes that cover areas such as community improvement, developmental disabilities, energy, gerontology, robotics, urban economic development, and urban transportation. UIC consistently ranks among the top 50 out of more than 637 national universities in federal research funding.

In 1946, an undergraduate division of the University of Illinois was established at Navy Pier. This facility, renamed the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, moved to its present location in 1965, when it opened its doors as a four-year university. By 1982, it had grown to include eight academic colleges offering degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University of Illinois at Chicago was formed by the consolidation, in the fall of 1982, of the two Chicago campuses (formerly known as the University of Illinois at the Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle) into a single institution of higher learning. The University’s facilities for medical instruction date back to 1894, when the Chicago College of Pharmacy became the School of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois. In 1897, the independent College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago became the ‘‘Department of Medicine’’ of the University; in 1901, the Columbian Dental College became the University School of Dentistry; and in 1925 the University Hospital opened. Programs in nursing education under University auspices began in the 1940s, becoming the School of Nursing in 1951 and, in 1959, the College of Nursing. Other health sciences units of the University of Illinois at Chicago include the College of Applied Health Sciences, the School of Public Health, and over 50 clinics and research facilities. A new $60 million University of Illinois Hospital was completed in 1981.

To learn about UIC's leadership and role as one of three campuses of the University of Illinois, please consult the following Web pages: Chancellor and Leadership and the University of Illinois Web site


The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, (312) 263-0456, (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). In 2007, HLC voted to continue accreditation of UIC for the maximum period of 10 years. The next comprehensive evaluation of UIC is scheduled for 2016–2017. Verification of accreditation status is available in the Office of the Chancellor (312) 413-3350.

The graduate academic degree programs described in this catalog have been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams, Second Floor, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404, (217) 782-2551, (888) 261-2881 (TTY).

In addition to institutional accreditation, certain individual programs are accredited by the following organizations:

College of Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Visualization (MS)
Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

Health Informatics (MS)
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)
233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor

Chicago, IL 60601-5800

Human Nutrition – Coordinated Program (MS)
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly: Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education)
American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600
(312) 899-0400

Occupational Therapy—Professional (MS)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane
PO Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
(301) 652-2682
(800) 377-8555 (TDD)

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 706-3245

College of Architecture and the Arts

Architecture (MArch)

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2007

Graphic Design (MFA)

Industrial Design (MFA)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-52448
(703) 437-0700

College of Business Administration

Accounting (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Business Administration (PhD)
Management Information Systems (MS)
Management Information Systems (PhD)

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

College of Dentistry

Dental Medicine (DMD) (formerly: Dental Surgery (DDS))
Commission on Dental Association (CODA)
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-4653

College of Education

n Education Leadership (EdD)
Instructional Leadership (MEd)
Special Education (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 certification.

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)

College of Medicine

Medicine (MD)

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 828-0596
American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 464-4933

College of Nursing

Nursing Science (MS)
Nursing Practice (DNP)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-6930

College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy (PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
(312) 664-3575

School of Public Health (SPH)

Public Health (DrPH)
Public Health (MPH)
Public Health (MS)
Public Health (PhD)
Public Health (MS-MD)
Healthcare Administration (MHA)

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20001-3710
(202) 789-1050   

Public Health—Industrial Hygiene (MS, MPH)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
(410) 347-7700

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8080

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Public Administration (MPA)

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
1029 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005-3517
(202) 628-8965

Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP)

Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1315
Chicago, IL  60603
(312) 662-1440