Admission Requirements

Prerequisite courses in Statistics and Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II must have been completed within the past 5 years. The following prerequisites must be successfully completed with grades entered with the University Registrar by the time of application: Psychology, Statistics, 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. 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 2019 & beyond:

  • Completion of a graduate admission application and application fee

  • Successful completion of the baccalaureate degree

  • Maintenance of an 3.2 or better undergraduate, cumulative GPA
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.2 prerequisite GPA and no individual prerequisite course grade below a “C.”  Only one prerequisite may be retaken one time.
  • 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.  
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source and one from employer or volunteer supervisor)
  • Relevant shadowing or volunteer experience in occupational therapy
  • Successful interview with the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee, which includes a problem-based learning experience

See the Apply Now page for information about the following:

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

Information for Transfer Students