Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are admitted and how many typically apply?

The Combined BS/MS program is a screened program. Being admitted to Towson University does not guarantee acceptance into the Combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program. We accept approximately 40 students in the fall semester only. On average 100-120 students apply.

Is there an early admissions option?

No, we do not have an early admissions option.

I am currently a high school senior; can I apply directly into the occupational therapy program?

No, students must first apply to Towson University. You can list pre-occupation and well-being as your major on the TU application. In-coming freshman students do not apply to the Combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program until the second semester of their freshman year in college.

Once a newly admitted student pays their Towson University enrollment deposit, he or she will receive further instructions regarding a “To Do” list. Students must complete an online “Academic Interest” form which is linked to from the To Do List. Once the form is received, the Academic Advising Center will register students for the necessary prerequisites to apply to the program. Please be sure to list “pre-ot” as your intended major and submit the form in a timely manner.

All first year students will receive a First-Year Experience advisor who will guide students through the application process.

If I already applied to Towson University do I need to apply separately to the Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science department?

Yes, there is a separate application process. Applicants must review and complete the information and supplemental application that can be downloaded from the Admission/Application Requirements page.

When does the Combined BS/MS program begin?

The program does not begin until a student has completed a minimum of 23 units of college level course work that includes the prerequisite course work. Once admitted, the program can be completed in 4 years. Students earn a baccalaureate degree in Occupation and Well Being and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Can I apply to the program if I received a C in one of the prerequisites?

All prerequisite course work must have a grade of a B or higher. If you received a prerequisite course work grade below a B you need to repeat the course, and could not apply to the occupational therapy program until the course is repeated successfully and the grade is posted to the transcript before the application deadline. The cumulative GPA (includes course work from all colleges attended) must be a minimum of a 3.0 or higher. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions. The program is highly competitive.

Is there any advantage for Towson students versus transfer students?

Currently enrolled Towson University students do not have any more or less of an advantage than transfer students. To ensure equal access to the program, applicants are admitted according to the admissions criteria that are indicated on the website.

If I submitted my official transcripts when I applied to Towson University do I need to submit transcripts with my supplemental application?

If you are not a Towson University student, you must include official transcripts from each college you have attended with your supplemental application. If you are a current Towson student and Towson University is the only college you have attended, you do not need to include transcripts with your supplemental application.

Do I need to complete the human service activity hours before I submit the application?

Yes, all 30 hours of the human service activity must be completed by the time of the application deadline.

Does shadowing an occupational therapist fulfill the human service activity hours requirement?

No, simply observing an occupational therapist would not fulfill this requirement. You must have direct interaction with someone with a disability, illness or disadvantage. We strongly encourage you to go to the American Occupational Therapy Association to gain a broader perspective of the field. It also will benefit you when writing your essay statement.

Where can I go to obtain my human service activity hours?

You are responsible for finding your own placement to fulfill the hours. Your hours do not need to be with an occupational therapist. Examples may be: working at a camp for children with disabilities, volunteering at a nursing home or homeless shelter, volunteering at Special Olympics, etc

Can I apply to this program if I already completed a baccalaureate degree in another discipline?

No, this program is only for students who have not yet completed a baccalaureate degree. If you have a previous degree you are eligible to apply to our entry level Professional Master’s occupational therapy program.

Can I still apply to this program if I am a sophomore or junior?

Yes, you can apply to this program as long as you have completed the required prerequisites and meet the admissions criteria. However, the program is 4 years long to complete regardless of how many prior credits you have already completed.

If I already completed the required prerequisite courses, what other classes can I take before being accepted to the program?

First and foremost, you should take Towson University core curriculum courses. Other courses you can consider taking include the following: Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with lab, Physics with lab, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics and Healthcare in the US. You might also consider taking classes towards a minor as discussed in question below.

What are my options if I do not get accepted into the program?

Many students chose to reapply for the following year. We encourage students to think about choosing a minor that they could turn into a major if they do not get admitted. Some common majors at Towson include: health science, gerontology, psychology, family studies and exercise science. Many students receive a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and then go on to apply to an entry level Master’s program.