Application Process

Application Deadlines:

Deadline to apply is June 15th.

Application Fees:

  • Domestic applicants and green card holders: $50
  • International applicants: $60

Application Requirements

All applications must be submitted through the UAB Graduate School. The deadline for applications is June 15. Applications MUST include all of the requirements above or they will not be considered for admission.

All Applicants

All OTD applicants must have:

  • Current master’s or bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program (this includes applicants who have an OTA degree and a BS degree in a related field).
  • Applicants must be currently or have been previously employed as an occupational therapist or OTA with at least one year of clinical experience.
  • The ability to complete essential tasks, with or without reasonable accommodation, associated with performing as an occupational therapy student. View the list of essential tasks and reasonable accommodations.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) / Resume.
  • GPA of 3.0 in their most recent degree.
  • A Letter of Intent (minimum of two double‐spaced pages and maximum of four pages in length to be submitted before interview) providing a description of how the program aligns with the applicant’s intended career goals.
  • Three letters of reference from professionals you have worked with.
  • Interview (online or in-person).
  • Computer skills.

*No GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required.

**Students planning to take the Low Vision Graduate Certificate track must also submit a copy of their US license. This does not apply to international students.

International Applicants

All international applicants must have:

  • Must have graduated from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) approved school.
  • International applicants from non-English-speaking countries only must have official copies of the applicant's scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 550 on the paper test, 213 on the computer version, or 80 on the internet based test of the TOEFL or a minimum score of 6.0 - 6.5 on the IELTS test is recommended.
  • The UAB Graduate School may require confirmation of degree equivalency. A transcript evaluation from World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators may be required.

Transfer of Credit Policy

The Department adheres to the credit transfer policy established by the UAB Graduate School.

“Previously earned graduate credit that has not been applied toward another degree (either at UAB or elsewhere) is eligible for transfer into the student's current degree program. Ordinarily no more than 12 semester hours of transfer credit can be applied to a degree program. Acceptance of more than 12 hours will require approval by the program director, department chair, and Graduate School Dean. All credit transfer requests must be initiated by the student and require the approval of the graduate program director and the Graduate School Dean. Transfers of Credit forms are available online. An application for transfer of credit will not be considered until the student has completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate credit in their current UAB program and is in good academic standing. Once transfer credit has been accepted, it will be included in the calculation of the grade point average in the student's current UAB program.

Doctoral graduate credit earned with a grade of B or above while a doctoral graduate student in another regionally accredited graduate school may be considered for transfer. In programs offered jointly by UAB and other universities, all graduate credits earned in the program at a cooperating university are eligible for transfer to UAB. If a student earns credit in one UAB doctoral graduate program and is later admitted to another program, unused credits from the previous program, if applicable, are eligible for consideration for transfer into the current program.”

In keeping with this University policy, requests for transfer of doctoral graduate credit from another doctoral 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/credential/certification submitted for review will be evaluated for equivalence by the faculty 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. For those requesting course credit for certifications such as the American Occupational Therapy Association board and specialty certifications, proof of certification and certification criteria will need to be submitted.

To apply for a credit transfer, fill out the transfer request form.