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Application Deadlines

  • Early application deadline is Oct. 1, 2019 to be considered for an early interview on Nov. 8, 2019.
  • General admission deadline is Dec. 2, 2019 to be considered for an interview either Feb. 13 or 14, 2020.
  • Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Dec. 2, 2019.
  • Academic Updates must be submitted in OTCAS by 11:59 pm on January 2, 2020.


OTCAS Web-Based Application

Create an account with the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:
Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471
Phone: 617-612-2860

OTCAS must receive the application, references and transcripts by the above deadline date. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to USD. We cannot process unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system. OTCAS does not accept paper references. 

USD Graduate School Application Fee

In addition to the OTCAS online application, all applicants are required to apply to the Graduate school by paying a $35 application fee. You must submit the application and fee by Dec. 2, 2019, but we recommend submission at the same time as the OTCAS application. OTCAS applications may not be reviewed until the USD Graduate School fee is received. In order to submit the application fee, please go to and select USD Graduate Application Fee ($35.00)

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

We require that the following prerequisite coursework be completed prior to entering the program:

  • A minimum of seven of the nine prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which you are applying.
  • A minimum of two of the three science prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which you are applying.
  • Grades below a "C" in prerequisite coursework will not be accepted.
  • When calculating prerequisite and science prerequisite GPA: if a course has been taken twice, the highest grade will be applied to the GPA; if taken more than twice, the average will be calculated and applied to the GPA.
  • Acceptance of Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be considered by the admissions committee. A minimum score of 4/5 must be met for any prerequisite coursework. An official score report must be sent to us to verify qualification of AP coursework and must be received by the academic update deadline. Credit must appear on the official college transcript and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework in order to be considered.
  • CLEP credits will be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pass/Fail coursework will not be accepted in fulfillment of prerequisite requirements with the exception of Medical Terminology.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by June 1 prior to entrance.
  • All prerequisites must be taken within 10 years of the program start date.

GPA requirements

  • Minimum cumulative, prerequisite, and science prerequisite GPAs of 3.0 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale are required. Transcripts using a +/- grading system will be graded without acknowledgement of the +/- points. For example, grades of B+, B, and B- will all be calculated as a B within the OTCAS system.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may submit their application for review. Applicants are encouraged to provide rationale in their application as to why they feel their GPA is not indicative of their academic capabilities. Merit of the application will be determined by reviewing grades for the most recent 64 semester hours, which must meet the 3.0 GPA requirement. 
  • In the event the cumulative or science prerequisite GPA is below 3.0, the committee may review applications as long as the GPA falls between 2.85-3.0 and all other application requirements are satisfied.  

Baccalaureate or master's/graduate degree

  • Required completion no later than June 1 of the year of admission.
  • No preference is given to any specific major.


The GRE is a required component of the application. Plan to take the GRE well in advance of submitting your application so that the scores are received prior to the application deadline.

  • Report unofficial scores on the OTCAS application and have official scores sent to OTCAS using code 1216. Scores sent to any other code will not be accepted.
  • Either the GRE General Test or the GRE Revised General Test will be accepted.
  • Recommended GRE scores: 40th percentile rank Verbal and 45th percentile rank Quantitative, and a minimum writing score of 4.0 (on either the General Test or the Revised General Test).
  • GRE scores may not be more than five years old

Personal Interview

A personal interview is a required step of the application process to our program. Invitations to interview will be offered to select applicants based on review of the written application materials.

2019-2020 Interview Dates

  • Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 (early)
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 - Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 (general)

Early Admission Requirements

To be considered for an early interview the following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum science prerequisite GPA of 3.2 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale.
  • No grade below "B-" in prerequisite coursework.
  • Six of nine prerequisites completed by the application deadline.
  • Two of three science prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

Two of the following three criteria must also be met:

  • Minimum GRE percentile of 40 for verbal on the revised General Test.
  • Minimum GRE percentile of 45 for quantitative on the revised General Test.
  • Minimum GRE analytical writing score of 4.0.

Additional Requirements

Upon provisional acceptance to the occupational therapy program, you will be asked to pay a $400 seat deposit, submit and pay for a criminal background check and attest, in writing, that you are able to perform the tasks outlined in the Essential Functions document.

General questions about your application or application status may be directed to or 605-658-6356.

For specific questions concerning prerequisite courses or decision processes, contact or 605-658-6397.