Applicant information

Anticipated Application Cycle (upon ACOTE approval): August-November 15 for WSU Occupational Therapy class beginning the following January.

Prior to applying to the WSU OT program, we suggest that you attend a  WSU Applebaum Information Meeting held the first Tuesday evening of each month at 6 p.m. at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences building to learn about the Occupational Therapy program and have your questions addressed directly. Visit the WSU Applebaum Information Meeting page to obtain more details. Meetings are held every month of the year for your convenience.

All MOT information was relevant through the 2023-24 academic year. We are no longer accepting applicants for the MOT program.*

*This program is planning to transition to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree upon approval in August 2024 with a start date of January 2025. Upon approval, admissions will be mid- to late August-November 15, 2024. Related message to prospective applicants from Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Admission requirements summary

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution before the start of WSU OT program in May
  • 3.0 minimum GPA in the last 60 undergraduate credit hours
  • 3.0 minimum science prerequisite GPA
  • 20 observation hours (within the last two years) with a registered occupational therapist (OTR) completed by the December 1 application deadline. 
  • TOEFL score, if applicable, must be taken by September 30 the year of application year and the results must be submitted with the Graduate Admissions Application. More information on the university TOEFL requirements can be found on the WSU Graduate Admissions website.
  • Completed (submitted by November 15) OTCAS application. Verification can take up to 6 weeks, so it is mandatory that you submit the application at least 6 weeks in advance.
  • Completed online (at time of interview offer) WSU Graduate Application, including submission of all required supplemental documents (The application will be available in Fall; apply for Winter term)
  • Successful completion of an interview (if selected)

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

The occupational therapy program at Wayne State University participates in the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. We anticipate the application will be available August of each year. The deadline for applying is November 15. Students applying through OTCAS should submit their application 6 weeks in advance of deadlines listed, as it can take OTCAS several weeks to verify your application. Unverified OTCAS applications are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. NOTE: PLEASE CHECK WITH OTCAS PERIODICALLY UNTIL YOU CONFIRM THAT (1) ALL DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND (2) YOUR APPLICATION STATUS IS VERIFIED.

OTCAS has a team dedicated to helping applicants with the application process. Applicants are to direct all questions about the OTCAS application to the OTCAS Customer Service Team. The Customer Service information is listed below.

Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service contact information

Hours of operation
Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time)

Phone number

When contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, CAS ID number and a detailed question.

Mailing address
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471