Admissions and Financial Aid

Candidates to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have all prerequisite coursework outlined below. The last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework must meet a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Applicants applying to the OTD program can do so using either the University’s application system or the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Either application portal will have specific admissions requirements including: 

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement demonstrating a commitment to contribute to and complete the program
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for candidates whose bachelor's degrees were earned at a non-English-speaking institution)
    • Minimum TOEFL score on tests taken within the last two years: 100 (internet-based test)
    • Minimum IELTS score on tests taken within the last two years: 7

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we have revised these additional admission requirements for 2020-2021 only:

  • Three (3) reference letters: We still require a total of three recommendation letters. In lieu of two (2) occupational therapists, you can have references from faculty who are most familiar with your former or current studies, research interests, or work. You may also provide professional recommendations from an employer or supervisor, particularly if you have been out of school for over 5 years. Friends and family are not appropriate.
  • Verification of 40+ volunteer or observation hours: In lieu of the observation hours, candidates should come to the interview prepared to speak about their experience and connection to OT.

There is a qualitative admissions interview with program faculty. We will reach out to you to schedule this interview if you pass the initial application screening. Applicants should be ready to discuss their understanding of OT and why it is a good fit.

Admitted applicants will be required to sign an enrollment agreement, complete a background check, and submit physical examination and immunization forms.

If you have questions about your qualifications, make an appointment with an admissions director. We can discuss your background and do a preliminary transcript review.

For up-to-date application deadlines, visit the Graduate Admissions page: https://www.yu.edu/katz/admissions/grad-admissions/deadlines-notifications.

  • Two (2) courses in the humanities or social sciences (Anthropology; Philosophy; Religion; Ethics; Cultural studies; Group dynamics) (3 credits each)
  • One (1) Statistics course (3 credits)
  • One (1) courses in Human Anatomy plus lab (3 credits)
  • One (1) course in Physiology plus lab (3 credits)
  • One (1) course in Human Development or Lifespan (3 credits)
  • One (1) course in Abnormal or Behavioral Psychology (3 credits)
  • One (1) course in Medical Terminology (1-2 credits)

Applicants must have obtained an overall 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) of program prerequisite courses (from accredited universities) within the last ten years. Applications may be submitted during enrollment in an undergraduate degree program or during completion of prerequisite coursework. The last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework must meet a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships. You do not need to submit any additional information. Awards are determined during the application review process.

Please schedule an appointment with an admissions director if you have questions about financial aid opportunities and financing your graduate degree. We can do a preliminary transcript review and discuss your admissions and financing options with the Katz School.

The Office of Student Finance maintains current tuition and fees for all graduate programs: https://www.yu.edu/office-student-finance/otd-occupational-therapy.

Jennifer Niebling (Prospects)
Graduate Advisor
Office: 646-592-4712
WhatsApp: 646-397-5257
Email: jennifer.niebling@yu.edu

Jared Hakimi (Started Applicants + Admitted Students)
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Office: 646-592-4722
Cell: 646-899-1811
Email: jared.hakimi@yu.edu