How to Apply
The application process is simple and completely online. We accept applications between August and December each year.
Update: please see revised application available at the link below.
We accept applications between August 1 and December 1 each year for students interested in beginning our post-professional occupational therapy program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be considered complete and qualified for review.
Prepare Your Materials
Before you start the online application, it's helpful to gather the following information. We won't review your application unless all the requested information is received.
Enclose a photocopy of your current state license to practice occupational therapy or official documentation that you're registered with the NBCOT as an occupational therapist.
Your statement should be approximately 400 words. Prepare a statement of your career goals that outlines:
- Why you have chosen to pursue an OTD degree at this point in your career.
- What you hope to learn and achieve during your study toward this degree.
- How you plan to use this degree and what you hope to accomplish after you graduate.
Highlight professional leadership contributions as well as community-based volunteer leadership activities.
All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.
Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online.
References can be a faculty member, advisor, fieldwork supervisor, employer or another person familiar with the applicant's work and character. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc. Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <firstname.lastname@example.org>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.
Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to KU Medical Center. If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to OTtranscripts@kumc.edu.
Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
Attn: OTD Admissions
KU Dept. of Occupational Therapy Education
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160
Note: please select KU Medical Center campus location in the online application.
Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.
Please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUBMIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.
"For my graduate degree, I looked for a program that was well-respected and offered a vigorous curriculum to ensure I got the most out of my studies. For my post-professional degree, I returned to KU in order to learn from distinguished faculty members and to have the flexibility to focus on areas of special interest."- Emily Williams, MOT Class of 2010; DOT Class of 2021