Admission and eligibility requirements

Application Timeframe: August 1 through December 1

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. The admission process is very competitive, and therefore qualified applicants may not be invited to join KU's OT program.

The application process is fully online and requires two separate steps. Like many entry-level programs across the country, KU uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) as the first step. In the second step, supplemental materials are submitted to the Office of the Registrar at KU Medical Center through CollegeNet. The department no longer accepts hard copies of application materials.

Please note:
The application window is closed for the next class (students entering the program summer 2014). Information on this page is provided as a guide for future applicants. The next application window opens August 1, 2014.


PART ONE: OTCAS

Begin the application process by going to the OTCAS website at www.otcas.org. The OTCAS will require payment of a fee with the total amount due dependent on the total number of schools selected for application. The following items will be submitted electronically to OTCAS.

  1. Academic Transcripts – An official copy of transcripts from each college and university that you have 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 share why he or she has chosen occupational therapy 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 a profession, advisor, supervisor, pastor, coach or other adult contact that can attest to the applicant’s potential success in the MOT program and future contributions to the occupational therapy profession. At least one recommendation must be an academic reference.

PART TWO: COLLEGE NET

Once all OTCAS materials have been received and verified, applicants will receive email correspondence from the Office of the Registrar and instructions to begin the final step of the application. Supplemental application materials will be submitted through the CollegeNet link provided in the Registrar’s email. Please prepare to submit the following:

  1. KU School of Health Professions Undergraduate Application for Admission – This application form and the $60 application fee will be submitted online through CollegeNet.

  2. Prerequisite Coursework and Plan for Completion – The online application includes a section for the applicant to outline completed prerequisite coursework as well as a plan to complete any remaining course requirements prior to beginning the OT program at KU. Download this helpful worksheet PDF document to get started. Applicants will be asked to transfer this information into the online application.

    All prerequisite coursework must be completed before students can officially begin the program. Additionally, general electives must combine with the required coursework to total at least ninety (90) credit hours for admission into the program.

    Grade requirements include an overall 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average and a 3.0 admitting GPA, on a 4.0 scale. The admitting GPA is comprised of the grades earned in the prerequisite courses only. Information documented on student transcripts will be used to calculate all grade point averages. Consistent with University of Kansas policy, the admissions committee will replace grades of classes that have been repeated. Applicants must earn a C or above in all required courses.

  3. 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 five years. Applicants can acquire the required 40 hours across multiple settings.

  4. KU MOT Program Statement of Interest – In less than 500 words, applicants provide information about specific interest in the entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy 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.

See: See Additional Information for Applicants


International Students:
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.


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: Dec 12, 2013
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