Admission Requirements

Prerequisite courses in Statistics and Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II must have been completed within the past 10 years. The baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed by the time of enrollment. Offers of acceptance into the program are provisional until all admission requirements have been successfully completed.

Those applying for fall 2016, 2017 & 2018 entry:

  • successful completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • maintenance of an 3.0 undergraduate, cumulative GPA
  • successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a 3.2 prerequisite GPA and no individual prerequisite course grade below a “C”
  • maintenance of a 3.0  prerequisite science GPA with no individual prerequisite science course grade below a “C” (Biology with lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab)
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source and one from employer or volunteer supervisor)
  • successful interview with the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee, which includes a problem-based learning experience
  • relevant shadowing or volunteer experience in occupational therapy
  • completion of a graduate admission application and application fee
  • The following prerequisites must be successfully completed with grades entered with the University Registrar by the time of application:  Psychology, Statistics, two out of the three prerequisite sciences (Biology with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab), and one additional prerequisite.

Please see Application Options as follows:

  • Students directly admitted into the graduate program in Occupational Therapy at SHU as freshmen
  • Sacred Heart University students
  • Applicants external to Sacred Heart University applying Early Decision
  • Applicants external to Sacred Heart University applying Regular Decision

Those applying for fall 2019 & beyond:

  • successful completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • maintenance of an 3.2 or better undergraduate, cumulative GPA
  • successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a 3.2 prerequisite GPA and no individual prerequisite course grade below a “C.”  Only one prerequisite may be taken one time. (Required prerequisite courses are *Statistics, *Biology with laboratory, *Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory, *Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory, a Psychology course, Abnormal Psychology, Life Span Development with content covering the entire lifespan, and Sociology or Anthropology (*must be taken within past five years).
  • GRE scores with Analytical Writing scores of 3.5 or better are required and combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores of 300 or better are desired.
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source and one from employer or volunteer supervisor)
  • successful interview with the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee, which includes a problem-based learning experience
  • relevant shadowing or volunteer experience in occupational therapy
  • completion of a graduate admission application and application fee
  • The following prerequisites must be successfully completed with grades entered with the University Registrar by the time of application:  Psychology, Statistics, three prerequisite sciences:Biology with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, and one additional prerequisite.

Please see Application Options as follows:

  • Students directly admitted into the graduate program in Occupational Therapy at SHU as freshmen
  • Sacred Heart University students
  • Applicants external to Sacred Heart University applying Early Decision
  • Applicants external to Sacred Heart University applying Regular Decision