Admission Submission Deadline Extended to 3/15/2023
Eligibility for Admission

All students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session.  Your eligibility for admission will be determined during an information session.


  • Students with a bachelor's degree must have completed the defined 28 credit hours of prerequisite courses.
  • Students grade point average for the required prerequisites must be above 3.0 for consideration.
  • Students may retake prerequisites to improve their grade point average, but you cannot take or repeat any OT prerequisite course more than twice to obtain a passing grade.
  • Conditional admission can be granted for students completing prerequisite courses; however, at least ONE of the science courses must be completed by the time of applying. 
  • All courses must be completed by the summer semester of the year applying.

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • Introduction to Anthropology or Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to OT
  • Human Anatomy *
  • Human Physiology *
  • Cadaver Lab (30 hours)**

    * The Anatomy and Physiology courses must be taken within 5 years of admission to the professional program.

   ** Cadaver lab is only required for undergraduate combined BS/MOT students. Students applying as graduate MOT students do not need to take it.


GPA Requirements

  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for their last 60 hours of coursework.
  • A limited number of students with a GPA of 2.9 to 2.99 may qualify for conditional admission.
  • Conditional admission status is removed when a student achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the first semester of the professional Occupational Therapy program.

Recommendations Each applicant must submit 2 recommendations.

  1. One recommendation must be from an upper-division teacher (courses above the 2OO level)
  2. The other may be from another instructor or from an employer, work supervisor or community service supervisor.

No recommendations will be accepted from relatives.

Human Service Experience Each applicant must complete 40 hours of human service experience and submit the Human Service Experience Form which describes the applicant's experience and duties. A supervisor who is directly aware of the applicant's duties and duration of experience completes the bottom of the form.

Essay Each applicant must submit a typed essay with his or her application. This 1000- word essay should explain the applicant's reason for pursuing a career in occupational therapy and how the applicant's human service experience has enhanced their interpersonal skills. The essay should provide specific examples that demonstrate the applicant's compassion, sensitivity to others, interpersonal skills and how the human service experience has impacted personal growth.

Interview Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview session with members of the Occupational Therapy Admission Committee. Students whose application does not meet the admission requirements may be invited to meet with the program director to discuss options for strengthening their application.

If there are any questions regarding the application process for the Master of Occupational Therapy program, please feel free to contact the department at (773) 995-2366. Prerequisite Requirements for MOT Students 


How to Apply


Undergraduate Combined BS/MOT

Combined BS/MOT Students: Students who are already enrolled as Health Sciences students with a Pre-Occupational therapy major need to apply directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy for admission to the professional phase of the program.


Pre-OT students need to meet with their Pre-OT advisors every semester to make sure they are on track to meet the requirements. Pre-OT students typically apply in Spring of their junior year and enter the combined program in their senior year.

Pre-OT Advisors

Combined BS/MOT Application
Application for Admission
Human Service Form
Recommendation Form


MOT Students: You must complete and submit your application online.  All official transcripts should be sent to the graduate school.