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TWU ALUMNI ADVANTAGE for High Performing Graduates from Selected TWU Majors

Five majors at Texas Woman's University offer degree plans that can qualify high performing students for the Alumni Advantage in preparation for occupational therapy. Undergraduates who want to prepare for application to the Master of Occupational Therapy program select a major in child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies. Please refer to these programs for specific course and major information. TWU undergraduate core requirements, the required courses in the major, the prerequisite and additional required sources for the Master of Occupational Therapy Alumni Advantage are included in these degree plans. All undergraduate advising is conducted within the major department. Students may enter these undergraduate programs with transfer coursework from an accredited institution. The university and the major departments of child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies determine which courses may be applied to the undergraduate degree.

Students are admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy program once a year in the fall semester. Admission is restricted to the semester applied for. Students are required to attend in the semester for which they are accepted and at the location, Denton, Dallas, Houston, assigned by the School of Occupational Therapy. 

Fall 2018 Applicants - changes to the application process

  • OTCAS application will open mid July - October 15th. We will update our website with the official opening date as soon as OTCAS makes it available. 
  • The Academic Reference Form has been removed.  Two references will now be entered into OTCAS and a reference request will generated by OTCAS.
  • The Clinical Observation Form has been removed.  The occupational therapist you observe for 20 hours will be entered into OTCAS as your third reference and a reference request will be generated by OTCAS.  OTCAS has a form where you enter your observation hours.
  • Alumni Advantage applicants must have a minimum of 30 hours completed at Texas Woman's University at the time of application.
  • A degree plan, signed by the academic advisor, must be uploaded to OTCAS.

TWU is participating in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service known as OTCAS for the applicants applying to the Entry-level MOT program. Our application deadline is October 15th (11:00 PM CST)

The MOT program requires two (2) separate applications and fees.

Overall grade point average of 3.7 calculated on last or most recent 60 hours of the Texas Woman's University baccalaureate degree. 30 hours must be completed at Texas Woman's University.

All standard prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of application with no grade below B and a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.5. All Alumni Advantage courses must be completed, with a B or better, prior to fall entry into the MOT program.
Standard Prerequisite Courses:
Elementary Statistics
Anatomy & Physiology I & II Lecture and Lab
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Alumni Advantage Courses:
Neuroanatomy/Physiology Lecture & Lab
Kinesiology - Foundation of Human Movement
NOTE: If taking courses during summer, wait to submit your OTCAS application after your summer grades are posted on a transcript or they cannot be updated until mid-December.

If accepted into the MOT Program, the following must be submitted by August 1st prior to 1st enrollment:
• Proof of competency in Medical Terminology
• CPR (Health Care Provider level)
• Proof of Immunizations
• Background Check


Step 1:

Apply to TWU is the link to use the online and state-wide application form for Graduate studies [$50.00 application fee for most students; $75.00 fee for International Students] or found at
Apply before October 15.

Instructions for TWU Apply Texas Application:
1. Graduate Application - choose TWU Denton first, then specific campus later
2. Select Fall (if Fall option is not available you may choose Spring or wait to apply after Sept 1st when the Fall option becomes available - classes always begin in Fall).
3. Major: Occupational Therapy Entry MOT - select your first choice campus
4. Degree seeking : Masters
5. Ultimate Degree: Masters
6. Enter Education information. List all community colleges and universities attended (including high school dual credit). Also, project your course work in future semesters. If you add any coursework after submitting the transcript, contact Student Records to update/correct your application.
7. Enter residency information.
8. Payment options. ($50 fee directly to TWU which you pay online at end of application)
§ If you send a check, Personal checks are NO LONGER Accepted; it must be a certified check or money order sent to TWU.
9. You must select “Ready to Submit” and then "Submit".
10. After 48 hours, you will be able to create a PORTAL account on the TWU website Locate your TWU Colleague ID # (seven digit #, generally begins with a 1) at the top of the page when you log in. Remember your password and log in ID. You can track your arrival of transcripts, GRE scores and status through the Webadvisor in Portal.
11. Note the TWU Colleague ID (seven digit #, generally begins with a 1) needs to be recorded on the OTCAS application as well.

Submit to TWU Graduate School the following supporting documents:
1. Transcripts from all schools
Arrange for your transcripts to be mailed or electronically sent from the university to:
(Regular Mail)
Texas Woman's University
TWU Admissions Processing
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204
(Overnight or Fed Ex or Lonestar)
Texas Woman's University
TWU Admissions Processing
304 Administration Dr.
Denton, TX 76204 (no Saturday delivery)
2. GRE scores (taken within the last 5 years-new version only) and earn competitive scores on the Verbal, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Interpretive Data components of the GRE.
3. International students from a country where the official language is other than English, must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TSE/Test A (Test of Spoken English) tests. For a list of exempt countries and the TOEFL exemption form see:
TOEFL iBT (for International applicants only) minimum scores accepted in each area for OT School:
Reading 21
Listening 18
Speaking 26
Writing 24
Total 89
Additional International Applicant Information:

Step 2:

Apply to the OTCAS before October 15 via
OTCAS processing may take up to 4-5 weeks once all required materials are received. We encourage you to apply early!
Submit to OTCAS all supporting documents by October 15, which include:
1. Transcripts from all schools (Send to both OTCAS and TWU Graduate School)
2. GRE scores – Self report your GRE scores in OTCAS and have your official scores sent to TWU using code # 6826 (TWU)
3. Essay - Answer the personal statement prompt along with the TWU essay prompt in OTCAS
4. Three Evaluations - 2 Academic or Professional References and 1 Occupational Therapist observed for 20 hours

Academic or Professional Reference -  A reference from an individual who can best attest to your readiness for graduate level work. A college/university faculty member under whom the applicant has completed a course of study is preferred. However a professional reference from an employer or supervisor will receive equal consideration. Contact a college/university instructor under whom you have completed at least 1 course for college credit or an employer/supervisor who can best attest to your readiness for graduate level work.

Complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours under the supervision of one Occupational Therapist. Contact an occupational therapist and arrange for 20 hours of observation of occupational therapy practice under his or her supervision. The School of Occupational Therapy does not refer applicants to specific clinical sites or therapists for observation hours. This choice is the responsibility of the applicant. Typically occupational therapy practitioners are glad to provide this service to persons interested in joining the profession. Upload signed documentation of hours completed with the Occupational Therapist to OTCAS. 

5. Degree Plan - signed by Academic Advisor and uploaded to OTCAS

If you experience difficulty completing portions of the OTCAS, it may be your web browser or mobile device. OTCAS has a team dedicated to helping applicants with the application process.
The Customer Service information is listed below:
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST
Phone Number: 617-612-2860
When contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, OTCAS ID number and a detailed question. 

Application Deadlines for Fall
·         Mid July - Begin accepting applications
·         Final deadline is October 15th  (CST 11:00 PM) 
·         PendingTarget date for notifying accepted students
·         PendingTarget date for notifying AlternatesINSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION

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