Admissions

Admissions Timeline

Students admitted to our entry-level doctoral program begin study in the fall semester each year.  The application cycle for a fall 2021 start will open on July 18, 2020.  Application materials are accepted through OTCAS (Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service) www.otcas.org.

Marquette OTD admissions is rolling, which means that completed applications are reviewed once received and review is ongoing until the class is filled. 

  • Application Cycle Opens: July 18, 2020
  • Preferred Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: June 1, 2021

Virtual interviews for qualified applicants will be conducted from November 2020 through March 2021.

Eligibility

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree (any field) from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation into the OTD program.

Applications will be reviewed by the Marquette University OTD Admissions Committee upon successful completion of all requirements listed below.

Admissions Requirements

Verified OTCAS application.  A verified application status includes the following materials submitted directly to OTCAS:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
    • Minimum OTCAS calculated cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) required
  • GRE Score Report.
    • All three sections of the GRE General test are required. No subject tests are required.
    • Self-report your GRE scores on your OTCAS application. Official GRE reports must be submitted by ETS to OTCAS using Marquette OTCAS code 4553.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Suggested authors include:
    • Major adviser or professor who can comment on academic ability and preparation for graduate-level studies
    • Work supervisor or manager who can comment on work ethic and related behaviors such as reliability, timeliness, accountability
    • An individual (not a relative) who can speak to your nature, character, goals, etc.
  • Observation of an occupational therapist or experience(s) illustrating an understanding of and commitment to the occupational therapy profession.
    • NOTE: Exposure to occupational therapy can be gained in ONE of the following ways:
      • Through volunteering, observation and/or work experience within an organization or setting where occupational therapy services are provided.  While a set number of observation hours is not required, applicants should consider gaining experience in a variety of practice sites over time and across the lifespan. Observations must be completed at time of application; OR
      • By completing a series of online OT Exploration Modules. Applicants choosing this option may request access to the modules by sending an email to marquetteOT@marquette.edu
        • Applicants must complete and upload the “Assignment and Reflection Documentation Packet” to their CAS portal.
  • Prerequisite courses. Successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to matriculation into the OTD program.
    • Courses must be taken from a regionally accredited institution and completed within 7 years prior to application, with the exception of anatomy and physiology courses that MUST be completed within 5 years prior to application. 
    • Courses must be completed with a "C" grade or higher; a "C-" will not be accepted. 
      • Note: Pass/fail grades will be accepted as fulfillment of no more than two prerequisite courses taken in the spring/summer/fall 2020 terms. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology MUST be taken for a grade.
      • Pass/fail grades will be scored at a 2.0 value (4.0 scale) for internal admissions calculations.
    • No more than two prerequisite courses can be outstanding at the time of application. Note that outstanding prerequisites cannot include Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or test scores will not meet prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Semester Credits

Notes

Courses Taken At MU

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology 

6

Combined (A&P I, II) or separate courses,                 at least one w/ lab  

BISC 1035 and EXPH 2045; BISC 2015 and 2016; BISC 3135 and BISC 4145; or BISC 3135 and BIOL 4701 

Biological Science 

3

Course must cover cell function  

BIOL 1001 

Abnormal Psychology 

3

Acceptable alternatives are Psychopathology          or Clinical Psychology  

PSYC 3401, 3410, or 3501 

Developmental Psychology 

3

Course(s) must cover lifespan  

PSYC 2101 or 3101 and 3120 

Humanities 

3

 e.g. History, Literature, Religion, Language,     Ethics, Philosophy

Discovery Tier  Courses

Social Science 

3

e.g. Sociology, Public Health, Economics, Urban Studies, Social Welfare, Anthropology

Discovery Tier  Courses

Statistics  

3

Social science, educational, or mathematical; business statistics will not meet requirement  

MATH 1700; PSYC 2001 (preferred);      SOCI 2060 

 

Medical Terminology 

 

1

 

Can be completed online; and taken for credit or certificate

 

 

 

Accepted Students:

In addition to academic requirements, accepted students must be able to carry out the basic duties and essential functions of a generalist occupational therapist with or without reasonable accommodation(s). Accepted students must complete additional requisites for admission prior to matriculation, including, 

  • Health and immunization records, screens, forms completed
  • Drug test
  • Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check 
    • The State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services mandates that all persons who seek to be employed and/or licensed in the caregiver industry must fulfill the Caregiver and Background Check. Occupational therapy students are required to complete a background and criminal history check prior to matriculation and must abide by the university and state regulations pertaining to the findings. Background results may not prevent admission to the OTD program; however, some findings may limit options for placement in fieldwork rotations and/or restrict options for other experiential learning. Failure to complete this state-mandated requirement will render the student unable to fulfill requirements for graduation from the OTD program. 
  • Technical standards

2020 – 2021 Tuition and Fees

 

OTD Program Fall 2020

OTD Program Spring 2021

OTD Program Summer 2021

OTD Program 2020 – 2021 Academic Year

Tuition

$23, 144.00

$23, 144.00

N/A

$46, 288.00

Lab Fees

$300.00

$100.00

N/A

$400.00

Books & Supplies

$300.00 - $700.00

$300.00 - $700.00

$200.00 - $500.00

$900.00 - $1900.00

Loan Fees

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

N/A

$3,000.00

Distant Ed Fees

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Total Cost

$50,588 - $51,588

*Tuition costs dependent on board review.