The application cycle for a Fall 2020 start will open mid-July of 2019. Application materials will be accepted through OTCAS (Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service)

The 2019-2020 admissions cycle will be rolling, with offers pending notification of candidacy status by ACOTE in early April 2020. Application deadline (“Verified” status by OTCAS) is March 13, 2020.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to matriculation into the O.T.D. program. 
  2. Verified OTCAS application (see details below).
  3. OTCAS calculated Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA minimum of 3.00 (4.0 scale).
  4. GRE Score Report sent to Marquette University (via Marquette OTCAS code 4553). GRE must have been scored within the 5 years prior to application.
  5. Marquette University O.T.D. Program Supplemental Application and fee.

Verified OTCAS Application. The OTCAS verification process can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete, therefore early application is highly recommended. A verified application includes the following materials submitted directly to OTCAS:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation - suggested authors include major advisor or professor, a work supervisor and an occupational therapy practitioner
  • Observation of an occupational therapist or experience(s) illustrating an understanding of and commitment to the occupational therapy profession. Exposure to occupational therapy can be in the form of 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. Observation hours must be completed at time of application.
  • Personal Statement

International applicants and/or non-US graduates may have additional requirements. Visit the Office of International Education for more information.

In addition to academic requirements, 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 prior to matriculation.


Competitive applicants will be invited to an on-site interview which will include a series of program interactions, individual interviews and a writing sample.

Prerequisite Coursework (see table below). Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or test scores will not meet prerequisite requirements. Anatomy must be completed in a classroom setting and within 3 years (preferred) prior to application. All other prerequisite courses must have been completed within the 5 years prior to application. OTCAS calculated Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA minimum of 3.00 (4.0 scale). Prerequisite courses must be completed with a "C" grade or higher. Note that a "C-" will not be accepted.


Prerequisite Courses

Semester Credits





Human Anatomy and Human Physiology


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 3701

Biological Science


Course must cover cell function

BIOL 1001

Abnormal Psychology


Acceptable alternatives are psychopathology or clinical psychology

PSYC 3401, 3410, or 3501

Developmental Psychology


Course(s) must cover lifespan

PSYC 2101 or 3101 and 3120




Discovery Tier

Social Science



Discovery Tier



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

MATH 1700, PSYC 2001 (preferred) or SOCI 2060

Medical Terminology