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FAQ for Prospective Students

If my school offers a pass/fail and I take that option on a pre-requisite course, how will that affect my application?

The pre-requisite GPA is an important part of admission decisions. Students who have an opportunity to choose a letter grade, should do so. We will accept an application with a PASS on a pre-requisite taken in Spring or Summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, however those applications with a grade of A or B will be at an advantage.

What if I am unable to complete observation hours due to closure of facilities or limits on visitation and volunteering?

We will accept an application with less than the required minimum of 20 observation hours. For applicants who do not have many observation hours, we highly recommend you visit and look under the "Education & Careers" tab-- there you will find several good resources for prospective students about the profession. Also look under the "Practice" tab to learn more about the areas where occupational therapists work. This investigation will help applicants to speak more knowledgeably about the profession in the application essay and on-campus interview.

I have been unable to schedule a time to take the GRE due to the closure of testing sites. Can I still apply?

The TWU Graduate School has waived the GRE requirement for this up-coming admission cycle, therefore the School of Occupational Therapy will not consider the presence or absence of a GRE score in the review process for applications received in 2020.


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How to Apply

Admission to our graduate programs can be competitive, meaning it’s incredibly important to complete all steps to admission.

  • Apply online to TWU through
  • Submit official transcripts for each college or university you have attended to the following address:

TWU Office of Admission Processing
PO Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204

Additional Requirements for Doctoral Programs

Students looking to pursue a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) or PhD in Occupational Therapy must meet the criteria for graduate admissions as well as the following requirements:

  • Current occupational therapy license or registration
  • Master’s degree – students must have a prior degree in occupational therapy (bachelor or master level), and another degree either in occupational therapy or a related field.
  • 3.2 minimum GPA on Master level work
  • A GRE score within the past 10 years

A full listing of requirements is available in the TWU Graduate Catalog

Doctoral Application Deadlines 

  • Applications are accepted at any time, but best consideration can be given to those received by April 15 prior to the desired Summer or Fall start-date.

Note: Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


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