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NOTE: MAJOR CHANGE in application process. See new process below.

OTD Admissions & Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the UTMB School of Health Professions, applicants must meet the following minimum acceptable standards of admission:

  1. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university
  2. Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 from prior course work
  3. Current (within 5 years) GRE scores if applying with a bachelor’s degree (The GRE is not required if applying with a master’s degree.)
  4. Three or more years of relevant occupational therapy experience post-graduation
  5. Be working in an occupational therapy practice setting (clinical, community, or education)
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. A personal statement
  8. Complete an interview with Admissions Committee
  9. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $200.00 that is applied to the student’s tuition

Application Procedures

OTD applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application along with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee and a letter of application. View the BS/OTD and MS/OTD application timelines below:
    • Applications Open
      February 1
    • Applications Close
      June 1
    • Interviews and Decisions
    • Classes Begin
    • Applications Open
      June 1
    • Applications Close
      September 1
    • Interviews and Decisions
    • Classes Begin
  2. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral study. Letters of recommendation should be from an academic advisor, professor or supervisor. One letter must be from an occupational therapist.
  3. A personal statement addressing goals and reasons for wanting to pursue doctoral work.
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae
  5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended sent directly to UTMB enrollment services.
  6. Confirmation of initial certification for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
  7. Confirmation of current licensure in state of residence.


Apply: UTMB Online Application

Applicants are to request to have their transcripts sent ELECTRONICALLY to UTMB. This greatly expedites processing and improves the accuracy of transcript evaluation. The accepted standard for this process in Texas goes by the name: SPEEDE.

For more information, please visit the UTMB Enrollment Services.