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  • Admission Requirements

    • Evaluation Criteria - An applicant is evaluated for admission based on academic preparation; quality of references; insightful goals in personal statement; successful completion of observation hours and academic prerequisites; work and service activities; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score; and, personal interview.
    • Bachelor's Degree - A bachelor's degree must be completed at the time of application or completed by the time the program begins at the end of May/beginning of June.
    • GPA - At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as well as in the prerequisite courses. (Note: All completed courses will be used in the GPA calculated by OTCAS.
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Competitive applicants will score in at least the 35th percentile on the MAT and at least 152 on Verbal, 150 on Quantitative, and 4.0 on Analytical Writing on the GRE. (Test codes needed at time of test for scores to be submitted to OTCAS: MAT = 3112; GRE = 2366)
    • Quality References - Three references are required and can be from academic advisors, licensed occupational therapists, and/or work managers. At least one reference must be from a licensed OT.
    • Interview - By invitation.
    • Completion of Academic Prerequisites and Observation Hours - Competitive applicants will have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses, including courses in progress, at the time of application. Applicants with outstanding prerequisite courses that are not shown as "in progress" on the OTCAS application, must submit a Word document outlining the completion plan to All incomplete prerequisite courses and observation hours must be completed by the time the program begins. 
    • Background Check - Required of all matriculated students. Details and instructions will be given at Orientation. 

    Admission Requirements: International Students
    • In addition to the admission requirements above, international applicants must be a permanent resident or eligible for an F-1 visa.
    • Required English proficiency test - A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing Systems (IELTS) score report is required for non-native English speaking applicants in place of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The required scores are as follows:
      • 79-80 on the internet-based test (I.B.T.) TOEFL, or
      • 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or
      • 6.5 on the IELTS
    • International applicants must submit to OTCAS an official course-by-course transcript evaluation completed by World Educational Services (WES). The evaluation must show that a bachelor's degree equivalent to one in the United States has been earned. 


    • At least 40 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of a licensed OT in multiple settings with different clients.
    • Completion of the prerequisite courses (semesters or equivalent quarters) with a B or better. AP courses and CLEP credit are not accepted for prerequisites.
    • One semester of anatomy and physiology; neuroscience, cognition, or brain and behavior; and, lifespan or human development must be completed within the past five years.

    All new students must show proof of current CPR certification. This certification MUST include First Aid/CPR and AED training for both adults and children (pediatrics). Online courses will not be accepted.


    Course Credits
    * Anatomy & Physiology I with lab  4 cr
    * Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4 cr

    * Neuroscience, Cognition, or Brain &

    3 cr
    * Lifespan or Human Development 3 cr

    Cultural Ideas or
    Civilizations (i.e., world
    literature, world religions,
    history, American studies,
    women's studies, sociology

    3 cr
    Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
    Statistics (social science or
    educational statistics preferred)
    3 cr
    Medical Terminology 1 cr
    English composition or
    technical writing
    3 cr
    Humanities (i.e., ethics,
    theology, philosophy of mind)
    3 cr

    * Must be taken within the past five years. (Only one semester of anatomy and physiology with lab is necessary to complete in the past five years.)

    Download prerequisites checklist


    Applications must be submitted through and admission is on a rolling basis. The application deadline is March 15 with priority review of applications received by November 15. 

    Application Review Dates

    • OTCAS application deadline = Admission is on a rolling basis through the application deadline of March 15. Applications received by November 15 will receive priority review.
    • Interviews (by invitation) = Offered on a rolling basis and conducted by phone or video conference call.
    • Admission decision notification = Rolling
    • $500 deposit deadline = Rolling; due by date stated in admission notification letter.
    • Orientation and the start of classes = End of May/beginning of June.

    Tuition and Fees

    The OT program is full-time and 24 months in length (six semesters). Tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar's web page.

    Itemized tuition and fees for the two-year program.



    For questions concerning the application process and admission requirements, please contact:

    Office of Graduate Admission 
    Grewen Hall Room 322
    Phone: (315) 445-5444
    Fax: (315) 445-6092


    Join us for an Information Session Thursday, October 12 at 5pm
    Event will be held at the program’s downtown location in Hanover Square: 140 E Genesee Street at the corner of S. Warren Street
    Call (315) 445-5444 with questions  RSVP