Admission and eligibility requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. 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, but course work must have included the specific MOT prerequisites: abnormal psychology, human development, statistics, ethics, anatomy with lab, and physiology.

  2. Grade Point Average
    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 specific MOT prerequisite courses listed above 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.

  3. Passing Grades
    A passing grade of "C" or higher is required in all prerequisite courses. A “D” is not considered a passing grade.

  4. Background Check
    The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to provide information and make the payment once officially accepted into the program. A drug screening may also be required. More information: School of Health Professions background check and drug screening policy.

How to Apply

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

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Effective for class starting the program summer 2016 (Aug. 1-Dec. 1, 2015, application cycle), all three years of this program are now at the graduate level. As this transition takes place in 2015, some details found on OTCAS, CollegeNet, or other KU websites may not yet reflect the most current information.

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. 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. Note: some information about the KU program in OTCAS will not reflect recent changes in the MOT admission requirements until June, 2015.

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. Prerequisite course work and plan for completion – applicants will use the course worksheet to outline completed prerequisite course work as well as a plan to complete any remaining requirements prior to beginning the program. 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.

  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: 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: Apr 02, 2015

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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
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Admission/eligibility requirements
Additional information for applicants
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Note: all three years of this program are now at the graduate level. As this transition takes place in 2015, some details found on OTCAS, CollegeNet, or other KU websites may not yet reflect the most current information.