An applicant to the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program must have completed a master's degree from an accredited college or university.
An applicant to the post-professional specialty Certificate Programs must have completed a bachelor’s degree in an occupational therapy program, or a bachelor's degree in a related profession, from an accredited undergraduate college or university.*
*Applicants in the Low Vision Rehabilitation specialty track must have completed a bachelor’s degree in an occupational therapy program from an accredited undergraduate college or university.
To be considered, an applicant must:
Submit an online application, along with a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 (USD), to the Office of Admissions. The application can be started and saved. You will be provided a key number to allow you to retrieve the application and your responses will be saved until you are ready to submit. Please save this key. It is the only way you can access your saved application. Please provide an email address so key number can be forwarded to you if needed. It is recommended that you also print a copy of the completed application for your records.
Submit official transcripts from all colleges (undergraduate, graduate, professional) attended. Partial transcripts should be submitted if courses are still in progress. Official transcripts must be issued directly to the Office of Admissions from each institution, not to the student. A transcript marked "issued to student" is not acceptable, even when delivered in a sealed envelope.
- OTD Applicants: Submit copies of OT Licensure and NBCOT certification to the Office of Admissions (may be sent via email to email@example.com):
- Proof of occupational therapy certification or eligibility for certification in the U.S. (copy of NBCOT certification, state license, or application for same)
- Proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- Specialty Track Certificate Applicants: Submit copies of your professional licensure to the Office of Admissions (may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Educational Resume/Curriculum Vitae – the document should list, in chronological order, an applicant's education and work experiences, publications, honors and achievements to date.
- Specialty Track Essay – Identify which specialty track you are interested in and why.
- Explain in detail how this specialty track intersects with your clinical experience and your professional goals.
- Why are you pursuing doctoral or certificate education?
- Personal and Professional Attributes - Describe what personal and academic strengths you have that you think make you a good candidate:
- Please be specific, and consider accomplishments you are most proud of, examples of perseverance and taking initiative, and the organizational and learning strategies you will utilize as an adult learner to be successful in this program.
- Please share anything else you think is important for us to know that would enhance your application for this program or would help us know you better.
- Arrange for two letters of evaluation to be submitted on your behalf. When completing the online application, applicants must supply the name and email address of two people who are not related to the applicant and who will provide the University with a reference. References will be contacted by the Office of Admissions and provided with an evaluation form.
- One letter must be written from a teaching faculty member (at the undergraduate level or above) or research/clinical supervisor assessing your ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
- One letter must be written from a person with authority (i.e. work supervisor, OT professional, etc.) regarding your work and/or assessing your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
- The references should be from persons familiar with the applicant's academic work, employment record, and/or personal characteristics.
- All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
Please note: It will be necessary for any OTD degree or certificate student to belong to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
in order to access certain library resources.*
*This requirement may be waived for the specialty-track Certificate programs only, as determined on a case by case basis.