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Admission Requirements

​​​​​​​How to apply

Online applications must be submitted through OTCAS. OTCAS is the online, centralized application service for Occupational Therapy graduate programs nationwide. Visit the OTCAS Applicant Help Center for detailed application instructions.  There is no supplemental application through DePaul's website- you will only apply via OTCAS​.

Application Deadline

The fall 2023 application cycle is closed.  The fall 2024 application cycle will open in OTCAS on July 21, 2023.  The 2024 application deadline will be January 16, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST.   We recommend submitting your application via OTCAS 4-6 weeks ahead of the deadline to allow time to verify your application credentials. We will only review applications complete or verified by the deadline. After submitting in OTCAS if you do not receive a confirmation email from DePaul University, OTCAS has not yet verifie​d your credentials and should be contacted.​ 


The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is designed as a full-time course of study. Students must complete and fulfill the following requirements upon application:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred​.  You can apply while you are still enrolled in undergraduate degree program or while you are completing prerequisite coursework.​
  • Prerequisites:  All prerequisite courses must be completed for college credit with a grade of “C” or better and within the last 10 years. Prerequisites must be completed at regionally-accredited colleges or universities. Only 3 prerequisites may be in progress when you submit your application.
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (or Human Anatomy)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (or Human Physiology)
    • Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
    • General/Intro to Psychology (AP credit accepted with score of 3+)
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology (covering the lifespan; can be one course or a combination)
    • Statistics (AP credit accepted with score of 3+)
    • Medical Terminology​
    • ​If you have questions about whether a course you have taken or plan to take will meet a prerequisite, please email with the school and course number/name for review.
  • Personal Statement/Essay: Limit answers to 500 words (about 2 pages double spaced) per prompt.
    • Why do you want to study occupational therapy at DePaul University?
    • Describe what you observed during your observation hours and what you learned about occupational therapy practice through your observation.
    • Occupational therapists work with a wide variety of people from all different backgrounds.  Share what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and why they are important.
    • If your academic record does NOT accurately reflect your capabilities, please describe why it does not. Present any inform​ation that may assist the admissions committee in interpreting and evaluating your academic history or credentials.​
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation (e.g. professor, supervisor, or employer), on professional letterhead (recommended), who can comment on the academic, clinical and professional experiences of the applicant should be submitted via OTCAS.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework will be submitted directly to OTCAS.
  • Observation Hours: A minimum of 25 observation hours completed with an OTR/L is required upon application. Observation hours may be fulfilled by taking Introduction to Occupational Therapy or by viewing online modules and submitting a reflection paper.

Regarding transfer credit

The occupational therapy program at DePaul University does not accept transfer credits or experiential learning credits toward fulfillment of graduate-level coursework required to complete the MSOT degree.

International Students 

Applicants with international undergraduate degrees who do not require a student visa to participate in University courses and/or degrees can be considered for admission.  All instruction in the MSOT program is conducted in English. To be considered, a candidate must submit:
  • Course -by-course credential evaluation report (including transcripts). Applicants can send an official WES evaluation directly to OTCAS.  DePaul also accepts evaluations from: One Earth, Educational Perspectives or ECE which would need to be sent directly to DePaul (not OTCAS). We will not accept credential evaluations from any other service.
  • Official English proficiency exam scores- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test are accepted for applicants whose education was completed in a language other than English or their native language is not English.

Take the next step

Learn more about Graduate Admission.

If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have q​uestions, contact the CSH Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or