The information below is for our M.S. in Occupational Therapy program.

*Each of our other programs has it's own Admissions page, simply click the name of the program you are interested in to be redirected: Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science, B.S. & M.S. Fast Track.

This program participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applicants should send all application materials directly to OTCAS. OTCAS will verify the application information and send completed applications to the program.


Application Deadline is December 31st

Interviews are typically held in February following the deadline. If you would like to see an example of our full curriculum, please click here.


OTCAS Contact

Phone: 617-612-2860 (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00 CT)
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OTCAS Address

OTCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471


Admission Requirements

  1. You must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a field other than occupational therapy or receive a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy by June 1st of the admission year.
  2. Complete the OTCAS application.
  3. GRE scores must be from within the last 5 years.
  4. You must have earned a "B" (A = 4.0) or better in each *prerequisite course.
  5. GPA from the last 60 hours of coursework must be a 3.0 or better. (A=4.0).
  6. If invited, you must participate in an interview with faculty of the Department of Occupational Therapy. The interview is scheduled once the application is received and all steps in the process completed.

Acceptance will be based on your academic ability, aptitude for a career as an occupational therapist and an interview.


Once Accepted

You must send a signed Letter of Intent, plus a $300 non-refundable tuition deposit to reserve a seat in the program (deposit will be applied to tuition) to the Department of Occupational Therapy. You must meet UAB medical clearance requirements ( You must apply to and be accepted by the UAB Graduate School (


Prerequisite Courses

You are required to have completed the following courses, or an equivalent, within the last eight years with a grade of B or better:

  • Biology with Lab:
    • 4 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is BY 123/L
  • Human Anatomy:
    • 4 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is BY 115/L
  • Human Physiology:
    • 4 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is BY 116/L
  • Physics:
    • 3 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is PH 201
  • Abnormal Psychology:
    • 3 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is PY 218
  • Developmental Psychology:
    • 3 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is PY 212
    • Course must cover birth through death
  • Statistics:
    • 3 credit hours
    • UAB Equivalent is PY 214, PY 216, MA 180
  • Sociology or Anthropology Elective:
    • 3 credit hours

Please click on the UAB Transfer Equivalency webpage to see which courses will be accepted. If you still have questions after visiting the Transfer Equivalency webpage, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Transfer of Credit Policy

We adhere to the credit transfer policy established by the UAB Graduate School, presented in the Graduate School Policy and Procedures Section 9 Policy 4. You will also find specific wording in the 2015 - 2016 OT Student Handbook on page 51.

In keeping with this University policy, requests for transfer of graduate credit from another entry level occupational therapy program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), will be considered on an individual case basis and will require approval from the program director and the department chair before it is submitted for approval to the Graduate School Dean. Each course submitted for review will be evaluated for equivalence to the required department course by the faculty member currently teaching the course, and the program director. Course syllabi must be provided for equivalence review, and a competency test may be administered at the program director’s discretion.