Admission and eligibility requirements

Application materials are accepted August 1–December 1 for the class entering the program the following summer.

The application process is entirely online and requires 2 separate parts to be completed. 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 Office of the Registrar at KU Medical Center through CollegeNet. The department no longer accepts hard copies of application materials.

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 a professional, advisor, supervisor, pastor, coach or other 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 $60 application fee is required. Please prepare to submit the following:

  1. important notice exclamation point in red triangleSPECIAL UPDATE:
    A recent message in this space referenced an outdated section in the online application. Clarification has been received that these fields are, in fact, valid for this application cycle. Students will enter prerequisite course information directly into the online application. The plan for completion work sheet available on this page is to be used by students to prepare for the application; it will NOT be uploaded.

    Current KU students should contact his/her advisor for clear guidance on whether to opt into or opt out of the KU Core. Transfer students that will enter this program in the summer 2015 term should opt-out of the KU Core.

    We apologize for the confusion and hope this correction will pave the way for a smooth, consistent, and less anxious application process. Good luck to all of you!

    Prerequisite course work and plan for completion – applicants will outline completed prerequisite course work as well as a plan to complete any remaining course requirements prior to beginning the program at KU using the course worksheet PDF document. Please save this file, complete the fields, and upload it with the application.

    All prerequisite course work meeting minimum GPA requirements 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.

  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 five 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.

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).

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Aug 19, 2014

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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.

Program overview
Why choose KU?
Admission/eligibility requirements
Additional information for applicants
KU Core Courses PDF document
Technical standards