Admission Requirements

OT Online Information Sessions (for prospective students interested in applying for the 2016-17 academic year):

Register for an upcoming online information session about the PhilaU Occupational Therapy Program (go to Graduate Admissions, Information Sessions, to register). The session begins with a 30-minute overview and is followed with live questions and answers. If you are unable to attend, these sessions will be recorded and can be viewed at any time.

2015 Sessions:

9/30 at 12:30

10/21 at 12:30

11/18 at 12:30

Click here to view the most recent recorded information session.


To Apply:
The graduate OT program subscribes to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Applicants for the 2016 entering class should apply online using the OTCAS application. For more information about OTCAS click here.

The PhilaU applicant deadline is January 15, though candidates are encouraged to apply early due to rolling admissions. Applications can be submitted to OTCAS after August 1. Applications received after the deadline date will be considered, subject to space availability in the entering class. Admission letters will be distributed beginning in December.

Please visit to create your OTCAS account.

All information is entered on OTCAS; no supplementary materials are required.
List of Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s degree: minimum overall 3.0 grade point average
      Upon matriculation, official transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate study must be provided to the PhilaU Graduate Admission’s Office.
    • Two letters of reference: one professional and one academic, preferred.
    • Documentation of work and volunteer experiences: highlight accomplishments and work and volunteer experiences in health care, community, social and/or human service.
    • Documentation of minimum 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist
    • Personal essay: 500 words or less
      Reviewed for written communication skills, knowledge of the OT profession, personal insight, and movitation for the profession.
    • Results of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (Philadelphia University codes: GRE code 2666; MAT code 1654).
      Candidates with GRE or MAT scores at the 50 percentile or greater will receive primary consideration. Candidates’ application packets will only be reviewed after the GRE or MAT scores are self-reported in OTCAS. If accepted to the OT Program, candidates must provide official score reports to the university prior to enrolling.
    • OT Program prerequisite courses: at least "B-" in each of the seven prerequisite courses.
      In order for the Admission Committee to review a candidate's application, final grades for at least 4 prerequisite courses (including a minimum of 2 science courses) must be completed.

      An average 3.0 GPA or higher in prerequisite courses is an admission requirement (minimum grades of "B-" in each course). Courses may be completed at any accredited institution. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in OT coursework.

    Prerequisite Courses
    (completed within 10 years of admission)


    Anatomy & Physiology I
    Anatomy & Physiology II
    Science (Physics recommended; Bio, Chem, Exercise Physiology, Neuroscience, Kinesiology accepted)


    Lifespan Human Development or equivalent
    Abnormal Psychology or equivalent


    Sociology/ Anthropology/ Cultural Studies or equivalent