OTD Program Director:

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA617-353-7516

Boston University’s post-professional OTD program is open to graduates from any ACOTE-accredited entry-level occupational therapy program, or (for international applicants) graduates of a WFOT-approved program:

  • Graduates of US programs must have passed the NBCOT certification examination.
  • International applicants must have met all requirements for practice in their own country and must have graduated from an accredited (or WFOT-approved) occupational therapy program. International applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible to practice as an occupational therapist in their home country.

Specific OTD admission requirements include:

    • Completion of an entry-level occupational therapy program. If the entry-level program was not at the master’s level (MSOT, MOT, MA, MS), subsequent completion of a master’s degree program in occupational therapy or a related field (e.g., psychology).
    • A 3.0 GPA in the master’s level degree program, with no grade below a C
    • Two professional references attesting to the applicant’s clinical experience, job responsibilities, verbal and written skills, and leadership potential
    • Evidence of good-to-excellent writing skills in English, as documented through professional essays
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Formal transcripts from master’s level education
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years. Minimum scores are: Verbal 153 (500 on the prior 200–800 scale); Quantitative 144 (500 on the prior 200–800 scale); Analytical Writing 4.5.
    • A minimum of two years of clinical practice as an occupational therapist, at least one of which must be in the area of specialization in which the student intends to focus for the doctoral project. The program involves several practicum courses that are designed to support immediate application of didactic courses to practice contexts. Therefore, students must be employed at least part-time in a health, rehabilitation, or human services field at the time of matriculation. Documentation of employment must be submitted prior to registering for the first course.
    • Students for whom English is not their first language must take the iBT (the Internet-based version of the TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language]). The following minimum scores must be achieved: Writing: 22; Speaking: 23; Reading: 25; and Listening: 21.
    • Documentation of NBCOT certification
    • $100 application fee

      Applicants who believe that their prior education has encompassed any of the courses that form part of the required OTD curriculum will need to submit documentation of their knowledge and skills in the relevant area for review. The decision to waive any course will be individualized, and might require substitution of an appropriate alternative. For the most current information on tuition and fees, see tuition and financial assistance.

      How to apply

      The OTD has rolling admissions (no application deadline), and matriculates students in September, January, and May.  Please submit the required Application for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy.  Also, you may reference the Curriculum Vitae (CV) Template to assist with preparing the CV to accompany your application.

      OTD questions

      • For questions about the OTD program or the application process, please contact the OTD Program Director Karen Jacobs at kjacobs@bu.edu (email preferred) or 617-353-7516.
      • For current students who have registration questions, please contact the BU Sargent College Academic Services Center in room SAR-207 (635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215), sargrad@bu.edu, or 617-353-2713.