Master of Occupational Therapy Admissions

Program Requirements

We take great pride in the rigor of our curriculum and our students' thirst for success. Setting the bar high in our program admissions requirements helps maintain those standards from the get-go. All are outlined below for you to begin your application.

Prerequisite courses

Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs)
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Medical Terminology
Four credits of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry with lab

If you already have a Bachelor's degree but are missing some prerequisites, Post-baccalaureate courses are available. Being admitted for Post-Baccalaureate studies does not guarantee admission into the program. Learn more about Post-baccalaureate Studies →

Computer Proficiency

Computer proficiency is necessary for online learning.

NBCOT Background Check

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and various state licensing agencies require disclosure of all felony convictions. The results of this background check may impact eligibility for certification and licensure. Eligibility should be determined in advance of beginning an educational program. Felony convictions may be resolved by the NBCOT’s Qualifications Review Committee. Mental health intervention may also affect the individual’s ability to obtain state licensure.

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  • Graduate Application
    Please submit applications through The Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). We do not accept applications through our website.
  • Official Transcripts

    Please provide transcripts from each regionally accredited institution attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to OTCAS. We do not accept transcripts delivered directly to our campus. Coursework (prerequisite and the completion of a bachelor’s degree) can be outstanding at the time of application but both must be completed before the program begins each Fall.

    OTCAS transcript policies →

  • International Transcripts

    We require course-by-course transcript evaluations of college work that has been done outside of the United States. Transcript evaluations must be done by World Education Services (WES) and sent to OTCAS.

    OTCAS Foreign Transcript policies →

  • Minimum GPA

    We require at minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.00.

  • Recommendation Forms

    Three recommendations are required. These forms will need to be submitted through OTCAS.

    OTCAS Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions →

  • Personal Statement

    Please submit a personal statement through OTCAS. Your personal essay should address the reasoning for selecting occupational therapy as a career and how an occupational therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals. Do not make this essay institution specific as the same essay will be sent to each institution that you apply to.

    OTCAS Personal Statement →

  • Supplemental Application Fee

    In addition to OTCAS application fee, AHU also requires a $50 supplemental application fee, which can be paid online, by check, or over the phone at (407)303-1631.

    Already have a student ID with AHU? Pay Supplemental Application Fee Here →

    Don't have a student ID? Pay Supplemental Application Fee Here →

  • GRE Scores

    Submit an official copy of a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination. Your GRE must have been completed within the last 5 years. Scores must be sent to OTCAS using the code 1998.

    Average Admitted GRE Score: 300 combined score, 4.0 writing.

  • Supplemental Essay

    Author an essay outlining the reason for choosing to attend a faith-based institution and why AHU is a primary choice. This will be submitted through the Program Materials section in OTCAS.

  • Resume

    Please upload an updated resume through the Program Materials section in OTCAS.

  • English Proficiency

    Applicants for whom English is not his or her primary language or have graduated from a non-English speaking school must demonstrate English proficiency.

    English Proficiency Policy →

  • Interview

    If selected as a top applicant, an interview here on the AHU campus in Orlando, FL, will be required.

  • Deposit

    If you're accepted to our program, you will need to submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit to reserve your spot in our program. An acceptance letter will outline a deposit amount and deadline indicating when the deposit must be received. Once enrolled in the program, these funds will be applied to your student account. If you pay the deposit but decline to enroll in the program, you will forfeit the deposit. If you are admitted to the same program at a later date, we will require another full deposit. If you are admitted to a program with prerequisites in progress and become ineligible for admission due to grades, however, a full refund will be provided. A professional program deposit is not transferable to another department.


Not ready quite to apply? Here are some more details about the Occupational Therapy Program to help guide you.

Additional Details →