Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to common questions about the Towson University Professional Occupational Therapy MS Program and Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate admission requirements and process. If you have additional questions, please reach out via phone or email.

Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Have any Admission Criteria Changed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Some of our admission criteria have been adjusted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes are highlighted on the Admission Requirements and Deadlines pages for the Occupational Therapy MS program and the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate, using this callout feature for easy identification.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust criteria as necessary. Please contact us if you are concerned about meeting any criteria due to the COVID-19 pandemic; we want to work with you so you can still apply if possible.

How do I apply?

You must submit a complete application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) by the deadline posted on each program's Admission Requirements & Deadlines page to be considered for admission.

We use OTCAS because it allows prospective OT applicants to apply to multiple participating programs using a single web-based application and one set of application materials.

When do I apply?

You should apply during the summer/fall of the year prior to when you would like to start the program. For example: you should apply during summer/fall of 2020 if you would like to start the program in 2021.

The application opens in mid-July and you must submit a complete application by the deadline posted on each program's Admission Requirements & Deadlines page. We will only include materials verified by our verification deadline in our review.

How do I know if my application was received?

OTCAS will notify you when your application is successfully and verified; once your application is verified, we have received it.

It is your responsibility to track your application's progress through OTCAS and correct any issues that delay or prohibit verification. TU will not send additional verification nor reminders.

How do I know if my application is complete?

It is your responsibility to understand the admission criteria posted on the Admission Requirements & Deadlins page(s) and review your application materials for completeness prior to submitting your application. If you have questions about our criteria, please feel welcome to contact the Admissions Counselor at or 410-704-2653.

Neither OTCAS nor TU will notify you if your application is incomplete, though OTCAS will notify you of verification issues.

Do you have an early admission option?

No - we no longer offer an early admission option.

Can I apply to start in a Spring term?

No – we only admit one time per year: The ELOTD starts in Summer and the OTMS starts in Fall.

Do I also need to apply to Towson University?

Not yet – you should not submit an application or any admission documents to TU Graduate Admissions until directed to do so by the department. Eligible applicants will be given instructions for applying to TU Graduate Admissions after our initial review is complete, usually around mid-to-late-November.

Can I apply before I have earned my undergraduate degree?

Yes, but you must provide official transcripts through OTCAS proving that you are enrolled to earn an undergraduate degree before you anticipate starting the program. If you are offered a position in the program, the offer will be contingent on your ability to provide additional official transcripts proving the conferral of your degree.

Can I apply before I have completed all of my prerequisite courses?

Yes – you must have completed at least 6 of the 10 prerequisite courses, one of which must be Human Anatomy & Physiology I, with the required grade by the application deadline. Please review the Prerequisite Coursework Completion portion of the Admission Requirements & Deadlines page(s) for full details.

Can I take prerequisite courses at a Community College?

Yes – prerequisite coursework can be taken at any regionally accredited institution (community college or university) so long as the courses meet our content requirements. Please review course content requirements in the Prerequisite Coursework Completion section of the Admission Requirements & Deadlines page(s) for full details.

If I take prerequisite courses after I earn my Undergraduate Degree, will they count toward my Last-60-Credit GPA?

No, most of the time – prerequisite courses are usually considered lower-level (1- or 200 level) so they do not extend your last-60-credit GPA calculation. The only post-bacc coursework that extends this calculation are courses taken at the upper level (3- or 400 level) or graduate level.

Do I have to meet the Human Service Hours requirement before I apply?

Partially – A portion of the Human Service Hours requirement must be satisfied at the time of application. Please review the 30 Human Service Hours (Observation Hours) portion of the Admission Requirement & Deadlines page(s) for full details.

Do you require the GREs?

Not at this time. Any GRE scores submitted will not be included in our review.

Do you accept online courses?

With the exception of science labs, we do accept online courses taken through a regionally accredited institution. Science labs must be taken in face-to-face format; this includes Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Physics. We have also mad an exception for the 2021 admission cycle, and are accepting online labs for courses taken in the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.

Do courses have an expiration date?

Anatomy & Physiology I & II must have been completed within five calendar years of the application deadline, with no exceptions. There is no expiration date for the other prerequisites.

Do you accept AP and CLEP scores?

Yes – AP scores of 4 or 5 and CLEP scores of 60 or higher can be used for non-science prerequisites only if documentation of the actual score is provided. Additional official documentation, such as College Board results, may be required if the score is not posted to a college transcript.

What makes a competitive applicant?

To be a highly competitive applicant, you should review all of the admission criteria and strive to reach the highest levels overall. We do not provide specific feedback to applicants to increase their competitiveness and do not provide application data (e.g., average GPA of applicants) as this can change based on each applicant pool. All applicants should consider that admission to the program is highly competitive; many highly qualified applicants are not offered a position.