Prospective Students

Master of Science Degree

The Howard University Occupational Therapy admissions standards are in accordance with the University, College/Division admissions criteria as approved by the Board of Trustee as a professional level graduate program. Admission consideration may be granted to applicants who satisfy all admissions criteria. Criteria for admissions to the OT entry-level master’s degree program includes:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college;
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses;
  • Verification of 40 hours of volunteer experience in an Occupational Therapy setting;
  • Completion of the OTCAS Application and the Department Supplemental Application;
  • Participation in a personal interview  
  • GRE Score (recent five years)

All applicants must complete the following prerequisites prior to admission to the OT Entry-Level Master’s Program:

Entry-Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)


 Developmental Psychology

 3 Credits

 Abnormal Psychology

 3 Credits

 Gross Anatomy

 4 Credits


 4 Credits


 3 Credits


 3 Credits


 3 Credits

 Medical Terminology

 2 Credits

 CPR Certificate


*Applicants must also verify computer literacy upon entering into the program. Any pending prerequisites must be complete upon entry to the program.

High school and undergraduate students wishing to enroll in the program must complete an undergraduate degree at an accredited university with required prerequisites. Students can pursue a BS degree in Health Sciences at Howard University and complete the prerequisites for entry to the Master of Science program. All students seeking a Masters degree (MSOT) must apply for Graduate admissions consideration to the entry-level Master of Science program.

Application Process and Deadline

Howard OT program subscribes to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. All applicants need to apply online using the OTCAS application. Our application deadline is January 15, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be considered subject to space availability in the entering class. To learn more about the OTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the OTCAS website at Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application.

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