How to apply

Application checklist

All applicants

  1. Complete an Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application that includes:
    • A personal resume outlining your community or vocational activities, honors, employment, extracurricular and volunteer activities.
    • An experiential essay (Details and directions can be found on OTCAS where the essay will be completed.)
    • A personal statement (Details and directions can be found on OTCAS where the statement will be completed.)
    • Information about your non-science prerequisite coursework and general education requirements currently in progress or planned for Winter term via OTCAS.
    • Documentation of 20 contact hours under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) on the electronic form provided (print or copy forms and distribute as needed) and uploaded in OCTAS.
    • Two professional recommendations, which you will send electronically to the two individuals you want to complete them; these individuals must submit their completed recommendations electronically via OTCAS. If you are applying only to Wayne State University's Occupational Therapy program, OTCAS will require you to enter the names of three recommenders. You can enter your name and email address as the third recommender unless you would like to have someone else submit a third professional recommendation.
  2. Send transcripts from all colleges and universities, including WSU, you have attended to OTCAS and WSU Undergraduate Admissions.
  3. Complete a WSU undergraduate application
  4. Be sure to upload to WSU undergraduate Admissions all AP and CLEP scores. Unofficial copies can be sent to, ATT: Shauna Reevers.  Please include your OTCAS ID number.
  5. Successfully complete the admission requirements.

Additional application requirements for non-WSU and international students

International applicants

International applicants must send a course-by-course/detailed foreign transcript evaluation report to OTCAS from World Education Services, Inc

In addition to submitting the foreign transcript evaluation, Canadian applicants must send student copies of your transcripts from your Canadian college or university to the address below to ensure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner.

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Attn: Shauna Reevers
259 Mack Avenue, Suite 1600
Detroit, MI 48201

Applicants who native language is not English — regardless of immigration status or citizenship — must meet the university English proficiency requirements. If the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, you must submit copies to OTCAS.

To learn more, you may review a current version of the MOT Student Handbook, explore student resources, or contact:

Regina Parnell PhD, OTRL
Assistant Professor and Admissions Coordinator for the Master of Occupational Therapy Program
Department of Health Care Sciences
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202
313-577-1435 (Occupational Therapy program)
313-577-5822 Fax

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