Application Information

Process: To apply, submit an application to the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy Programs and then submit a general application via Temple’s online system.

You should have a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. 

Visit the program’s FAQ page

Application Components

Recommendations: You’ll need three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for graduate study. Recommenders can be faculty members or immediate work supervisors. Submit these here electronically.

Goals statement: This should reflect your aptitude for rigorous graduate study and practice in occupational therapy, including the mental flexibility, teamwork and service to others required for success.

Prerequisites: The program requires a number of prerequisite courses. For full details, see the department’s prerequisite document. Courses include

  • Anatomy and Physiology (2),
  • Developmental Psychology,
  • Abnormal Psychology,
  • Introduction to Psychology,
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology, and
  • Statistics.

GRE or MAT score: Your score should be in the top 50th percentile.

TOEFL score (if needed): Minimum 100 iBT or 600 PBT. See all international graduate applicant requirements.

Current résumé or CV

Phone interview: If selected, you’ll get a chance to interview with the program over the phone.

College-level transcripts

Observation hours: You’ll have to demonstrate 40 hours of observation in at least two different settings.

Additional: To start your required clinical/fieldwork placement, you’ll need to pass clearances including criminal background checks, drug screenings and DHS fingerprinting. You’ll also need proof of personal health insurance. For a full list of requirements see the Occupational Therapy MOT Bulletin

Admissions Deadlines

Applications are due and must be verified by  OTCAS Feb. 1.