Admission and eligibility requirements

Important note for applicants: Some admission requirements have changed effective August 1, 2017. This page contains the most up-to-date information.

Prerequisite Courses
(minimum credits required)

Abnormal Psychology (3)

Ethics (3)
Introductory ethics or bioethics (medical ethics) will fulfill this requirement.

Human Development (3)
Child or adult development coursework will be accepted for this requirement; lifespan development is recommended.

Human Physiology (3)
Physiology can be taken as a stand alone course or in combination with Anatomy (with lab) for a minimum of five credit hours.

Human Anatomy (3)
Anatomy (with lab) can be taken as a stand alone course or in combination with Physiology for a minimum of five credit hours. Courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be completed within the last 5 years.

Statistics (3)
An introductory statistics course may be obtained from a math, psychology or other department.

Admission Requirements

Applications may be submitted with course work still in progress but must indicate the student's plan for completion prior to entering the program. Students cannot complete prerequisite courses while concurrently enrolled in MOT program course work.

  • Undergraduate Degree
    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed prior to start of program classes. The degree can be in any field.

  • Required Prerequisite Course work
    The following courses are required: Abnormal psychology, human development, statistics, ethics, human physiology, and human anatomy with a lab. Each course must be a minimum of three credit hours.

  • Grade Point Average
    Minimum GPA = 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA in cumulative undergraduate course work. In addition, a minimum 3.2 GPA average is required for the specific prerequisite courses (see right). A passing grade of "C"or higher is required in all prerequisite courses; courses resulting in pass/fail or credit/no-credit are not accepted. Information documented on student transcripts will be used to calculate all grade point averages.

How to Apply

The application process is entirely online and requires two parts to be completed separately. Like many entry-level programs across the country, KU uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) as the first part. In the second, supplemental materials are submitted to the KU Medical Center through CollegeNet. Application materials are accepted August 1-December 1 for the class entering the program the following summer.

Applications are evaluated once they are verified and deemed “complete and qualified” for review by meeting minimum requirements and criteria. All application materials from both parts below must be RECEIVED by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review. The admission process is very competitive, and therefore qualified applicants may not be invited to join KU's program.

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Begin the application process at OTCAS will require payment of a fee with the total amount due dependent on the total number of schools selected for application. Prepare the following items to be submitted electronically to OTCAS:

  1. Academic transcripts – an official copy of transcripts from each college and university attended must be submitted for evaluation. International transcript analysis is the responsibility of the applicant and will take additional time to complete the process. International students: please see additional notes at the end of this page.

  2. Personal statement – applicants will write why occupational therapy was chosen as a career and how a degree in OT will support his/her personal and professional goals. Students are encouraged to explain how personal, professional and educational background/experience has prepared them for this career decision and a future in occupational therapy. This is your opportunity to present yourself to the selection committee!

  3. Letters of recommendation – three letters of recommendation must be obtained from an adult contact that can attest to the applicant’s potential success in the program and future contributions to the occupational therapy profession. At least one recommendation must be from an academic reference.


Once all OTCAS materials have been received and verified, applicants will receive email correspondence from KU with instructions to begin the final step of the application. Supplemental application materials will be submitted through the CollegeNet link provided in the email. A supplemental KU application fee is required. Please prepare to submit the following:

  1. Prerequisite course work and plan for completion – Student may apply to the program while completing prerequisite course work. All prerequisite course work meeting minimum GPA requirements must be completed before students can officially begin the program.

  2. Paid work or volunteer experience with individuals with special needs MS Word document (graphic) – this form will be completed by a supervisor or designated contact person as verification of the student's completed experience. The applicant will upload the completed form as part of the online application.

    Applicants must complete forty (40) hours of paid work or volunteer work that involves at least 50% of that time committed to working directly with individuals or populations with special needs. Hours must be accumulated over the last three years. Applicants can acquire the required 40 hours across multiple settings.

  3. KU program statement of interest – in less than 500 words, applicants provide information about specific interest in the occupational therapy degree program at the University of Kansas. Unlike the personal/professional statement submitted to the OTCAS, this statement should be specific about the KU program. A text field will be provided for the response in the online application.

About background checks, the selection process, certification, and other requirements: Review important additional Information for applicants

Please contact the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education for the most up-to-date information and guidance by e-mail or by calling 913-588-7195. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Central time zone).

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Last modified: Jul 31, 2017

Application window:
Application materials are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

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