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. International applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible to practice as an occupational therapist in their home country. We also welcome  applicants who can provide a National Government Recognition documentation of their occupational therapy program.

Specific PP-OTD admission requirements include:

  • Completion of an entry-level Bachelor’s or Master’s occupational therapy program
  • 3.0 GPA, with no grade below a C
  • Two professional references
  • 3 essay questions
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official Transcripts (graduate and undergraduate level)
  • GRE: Applicants who have graduated from a ACOTE or WFOT-accredited degree program or who can provide a National Government Recognition documentation of their program in occupational therapy and who obtained a GPA of 3.0 or better on the US 4-point scale in that OT program are exempt from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who do not fulfill both of these criteria are required to submit scores from the GRE taken within the last five years. Minimum scores that have typically been achieved by admitted students include: Verbal 153, Quantitative 144, Analytical Writing 4.5.
  • 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]). Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 110 and minimum scores of 22 in each section.
  • If a U.S. applicant, documentation of NBCOT certification and state licensure are required

    Applicants who believe that their prior education has encompassed any of the courses that form part of the required PP-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 Scholarships.

    How to apply

    Applicants must apply online using the BU Online Application for Graduate Admissions. The PP-OTD has rolling admissions and matriculates students in September, January, and May. Your application must be submitted a minimum of one month prior to your intended matriculation in order to be reviewed for your preferred start date. Applicants looking to begin the program in September should submit their application by August 1, January start date by December 1, and May start date by April 1.

    OTD questions

    • For questions about the PP-OTD program or the application process, please contact Program Director Karen Jacobs.
    • 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.