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Application Deadlines for Fall Enrollment

If applying through OTCAS, please allow two months for the Graduate Admissions Office to receive your verified application.

Sacred Heart University Students Applying

All SHU students apply by June 30 following the sophomore year for 3 + 2 students and following the junior year for 4 + 2 students

Students who were admitted into the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program as freshman must meet ALL of the Program’s admission standards as a condition for keeping their seat and enrolling in the graduate occupational therapy program. Students admitted into the Program as freshman who do not meet all of the following criteria will forfeit their seat and admission status in the Occupational Therapy Program and will be ineligible for continued enrollment into the graduate Occupational Therapy Program.

Sacred Heart University students who were not directly admitted into the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program as freshman may apply competitively to the program Early Decision. Applicants must meet ALL of the Program’s admission standards at the time of application.

Sacred Heart University students applying by the June 30 deadline do not require an interview. An interview is required for Sacred Heart University students applying competitively early or regular decision upon invitation.

Admission Standards

  • Students must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate work and complete the SHU online graduate application by JUNE 30 following the junior year for 4 + 2 students and following the sophomore year for 3 + 2 students. These materials and application are used to verify the student’s continued eligibility for enrollment in the occupational therapy program and the online application becomes the student’s OT program file. The application fee is waived for SHU students.
  • All of the following prerequisite courses must be completed with grades entered with the University Registrar by the June 30 deadline to determine continued admission status and eligibility for enrollment in the Program: Psychology, Statistics, all three of the science prerequisites (Biology with lab, Human Anatomy I with lab, Human Anatomy II with lab), and one additional prerequisite. Only official transcript grades submitted by the June 30 deadline can be considered in determining whether or not a student maintains his or her admission status, seat in the program, and eligibility for enrollment. The Program cannot hold seats beyond the June 30 deadline waiting for students to take or re-take any of the above listed required prerequisite courses. (Students who have additional outstanding prerequisites will be considered provisional pending successful completion of all prerequisite courses.)
  • Students must successfully complete their baccalaureate degree in an undergraduate major of their choice prior to enrolling in the Occupational Therapy Program. Students must request an official transcripts be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions documenting completion of the baccalaureate degree, maintenance of all admission standards, prerequisite, and GPA requirements following graduation.
  • Students must maintain a 3.2 prerequisite course GPA and receive no individual prerequisite course grade below a “C”. Required prerequisite courses are: *Statistics, Biology with lab; *Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab, *Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab, a Psychology course, Abnormal Psychology, Life Span Development–with content covering the entire life span, and Sociology or Anthropology. (* Must have been taken within the last 5 years.)
  • Students must maintain a 3.2 undergraduate cumulative GPA.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score report with Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or better is required and combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores of 300 or better are desired.

Students who do not continue to meet all the above standards through their completed baccalaureate degree and/or completion of prerequisites, will forfeit their admission status and seat in the Occupational Therapy Program and will lose eligibility for enrollment in the graduate Occupational Therapy Program.

External Students Applying Early Decision

Students external to SHU may apply Early Decision by October 31

Students external to Sacred Heart University may apply to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program Early Decision by October 31. The completed online OT CAS application and all required materials must be verified through the OT CAS system by October 31st. Applicants must meet ALL of the Program’s admission standards to be considered for admission into the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program.

Admission Standards

  • Students must complete the online OT CAS application as appropriate and submit official transcripts for all undergraduate work, letters of recommendation, and all required application materials by October 31 prior to the next fall enrollment.
  • All of the following prerequisite courses must be completed with grades entered with the University Registrar by the October 31 deadline to be considered for Early Decision: Psychology, Statistics, all three of the science prerequisites (Biology with lab, Human Anatomy I with lab, Human Anatomy II with lab), and one additional prerequisite. Only official transcript grades submitted with the application by the October 31 deadline can be considered in determining a student’s admission eligibility. (Students who have additional outstanding prerequisites may be offered provisional acceptance pending successful completion of all prerequisite courses.)
  • Students must successfully complete their baccalaureate degree in an undergraduate major of their choice prior to enrolling in the Occupational Therapy Program. Students must request all official transcripts be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions documenting completion of the baccalaureate degree and prerequisites, and maintenance of all admission and GPA requirements.
  • Students must maintain a 3.2 prerequisite course GPA, and receive no individual perquisite course grade below a “C”. Only one prerequisite may be retaken one time.
  • Students must maintain a 3.2 undergraduate cumulative GPA.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score report with Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or better is required and combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores of 300 or better are desired.
  • Upon invitation, highly-qualified Early Decision applicants must complete an on-site interview with a Problem-based learning group experience as an admission requirement.

Students who do not meet all the above standards through the completion of the baccalaureate degree and/or prerequisite courses, will forfeit any offer for admission and lose eligibility for enrollment in the graduate Occupational Therapy Program.

External Students Applying Regular Decision

Students external to Sacred Heart University may Apply Regular Decision by December 15

Students external to Sacred Heart University may apply to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program for Regular Decision. Regular Decision application deadline is December 15 with the completed online OT CAS application and all required materials verified through the OT CAS system by December 15. Applicants must meet ALL of the Program’s admission standards.

Admission Standards

  • Students must complete the online OT CAS online application, submit official transcripts for all undergraduate work, letters of recommendation, and all required application materials by December 15 prior to the next fall enrollment.
  • All of the following prerequisite courses must be completed with grades entered with the University Registrar by the December 15 deadline to be considered for Regular Decision: Psychology, Statistics, all three of the science prerequisites (Biology with lab, Human Anatomy I with lab, Human Anatomy II with lab), and one additional prerequisite. Students who require beyond the application deadline to complete or to re-take any of the listed prerequisite courses, will have admission decisions deferred, pending available seats, until such time as official transcripts have been received documenting successful completion of the required listed prerequisite courses. (Students who have additional outstanding prerequisites may be offered provisional acceptance pending successful completion of all prerequisite courses.)
  • Students must successfully complete their baccalaureate degree in an undergraduate major of their choice prior to enrolling in the Occupational Therapy Program. Students must request an official transcripts be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions documenting completion of the baccalaureate degree and prerequisite courses, maintenance of all admission and GPA requirements standards.
  • Students must maintain a 3.2 prerequisite course GPA, and receive no individual perquisite course grade below a “C”. Only one prerequisite may be retaken one time.
  • Students must maintain a 3.2 UG cumulative GPA.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score report with Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or better is required and combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores of 300 or better are desired.
  • Upon invitation, highly-qualified Regular Decision applicants must complete an on-site interview with a Problem-based learning group experience as an admission requirement.

Students who do not meet all the above standards through their completed baccalaureate tenure, will forfeit any offer for admission and lose eligibility for enrollment in the graduate Occupational Therapy Program.