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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 2022 application will be available through OTCAS​ starting July 22, 2021.  The priority application deadline will be February 1, 2022 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 verified your credentials and should be contacted.​ Applications will be reviewed after the deadline until the fall cohort is filled.​  


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 an accredited institution. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is required.  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. 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
    • Recommended prerequisites (not required):
      • Kinesiology
      • Neuroscience
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.