Admission/Application Requirements

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Combined B.S./M.S. program is competitive. Prospective students should review the documents and content on this page for full Admission & Application Requirements. There is one admission cycle per year; admission to Towson University does not guarantee admission into the OT BS/MS program.

Important Announcement

Please carefully review our Occupational Therapy Announcement for Fall 2017 TU Freshmen (PDF) for important information about the Occupational Therapy Combined BS/MS Program.

Supplemental Application

Combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy Supplemental Application 2018 (PDF)

Submission Deadline

A full application packet as detailed in the supplimental applcation must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the OT&OS Admissions Counselor no later than March 1. Applications postmarked or hand-delivered after the March 1 deadline will not be considered.

Completed applications must be addressed to:

Admissions Counselor
Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Hand-delivered applications must be submitted at Enrollment Services room 245.

Admission Criteria

Towson University Student Status

Applicants who are not already current Towson University students by the Spring semester of the application cycle must have applied to TU for fall admission by January 15. Applicants must be a matriculated TU student prior to program entry.

Official Transcripts

The applicant must submit with their application packet an official transcript for any course work completed prior to the application deadline at a college or university other than TU that is not posted to the applicant's official TU record by the application deadline.

Applicants must also submit to the Admissions Counselor by June 1 official transcripts including any course work completed at a college or university other than TU during the spring semester of the application cycle.

We encourage applicants to personally mail or hand-deliver these transcripts to our office to avoid them re-routing to University Admissions, where we may not have access to them by the indicated deadlines.

Official transcripts are not needed for any course work already posted to the applicant's official TU record by these deadlines, including course work completed at TU.

Minimum Course Completion

The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 units of college-level course work, excluding developmental course work, by the end of the fall term preceding screening. Applicants admitted to the program must earn a minimum total of 23 units of college-level course work counting toward University Core or OT Major requirements prior to the first term of the combined BS/MS OT program to maintain their position in the program.

Minimum GPA

The applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher based on all college-level course work and any relevant AP scores. All course work must be posted to the student's TU record or official transcripts must be on file in the department by the following deadlines to be considered:
March 1 - Course work through the fall term preceding screening
June 1 - Course work completed in the spring term concurrent with screening

*Applicants with college-level course work more than 10 years old may petition to have it excluded from the GPA calculation if they meet the following criteria. This petion must be submitted in writing with the application packet due March 1. If a petition is not submitted with the application packet, all course work more than 10 years old will be included in the GPA calculation.

Criteria: The applicant must have successfully complete 13 or more units of college-level course work within the two calendar years preceding the application deadline. These 13 or more units must include either Introductory Biology (BIOL 191+191L or equivalent) or Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 221+221L or equivalent). When this option is approved, all units more than 10 years old are excluded from the GPA calculation, with the exception of any other prerequisite course work that has not been repeated within the past 10 years.

Prerequisite Course Work

The applicant must complete the equivalent of the following four prerequisites at a regionally accredited college or university by the end of the spring term concurrent with screening. The applicant must earn a minimum grade equivalent of 3.0 (B) in each prerequisite to be considered.

  1. BIOL 191+191L  Introductory Biology for the Health Professions or BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Genetics. These courses may not be re-taken after a grade of F(0.0), D (1.0), or withdrawal.
    BIOL 221+221L Anatomy & Physiology I. This course must have been taken within 5 calendar years of the application deadline to satisfy program requirements.
  2. SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  3. PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  4. ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education

Please also note, qualifying AP and IB scores may be used in lieu of course grades if the course is posted to the applicant's official TU record or an official record of the score is provided with the application packet. Applicants with AP or IB scores that do not qualify must take the college-level course and earn a grade equivalent of 3.0 (B) or higher.

Qualifying AP scores are 4 and 5. A score of 4 will calculate into the GPA as an A- and a score of 5 will calculate into the GPA as an A.

Qualifying IB scores are 5, 6, 7, and 8. Scores will calculate into the GPA as follows: 5 as a B, 6 as a B+, 7 as an A-, 8 as an A.

CLEP does not qualify for any prerequisite course work.

30 Human Service Hours

The applicant must complete and provide supporting documentation of 30 Human Service Hours from a minimum of one and no more than three qualifying experiences. To qualify, each work or volunteer experience must have involved direct interaction with one or more individuals with diabilities, illness, or other disadvantages, must have involved a minimum of 10 hours, and must have been completed within two years of the application cycle. The full 30 hours must be satsified by the application deadline and documentend by the applicant on the Human Service Activity Verification Form found in the supplemental application.

Examples of appropriate experiences include work/volunteer with clients in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, senior centers, drug rehabilitation programs, programs for the homeless, camps, and babysitting or in-home care for a qualifying population.

Supporting Documentation

The applicant must also submit supporting documentation of their Human Service Activity hours. This documentation must be signed by the Human Service Activity supervisors and should include the following information: applicant's name, supervisor's name and contact information, date range hours were completed, total number of hours completed, population, and setting. Popular forms of documentation include letters and hours logs. The department reserves the right to randomly contact supervisors to verify hours.


The applicant must submit three appropriate references, completed and submitted following the instructions found in the supplemental application.

Admission Essay

The applicant must submit an original admission essay following the prompt and instructions found in the supplemental application.

Screening Process

Starting June 1, the department will screen applicants with complete applications. The department's Admissions Committee will evaluate applicants based on a full review of the admission materials and create an applicant ranking. The department will notify applicants of their status by June 11.

For additional information about our screening process, please review the supplemental application.

Contact Us

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