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Jill.Rocca@tufts.edu

Application Materials

Entry-Level Master's

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for ALL applicants except current Tufts alumni.
  • Completion of prerequisite course work with a grade of B- or better.
  • Three letters of reference (including at least one academic) appraising the candidate's potential for study in occupational therapy. Only 2 letters of reference are required for current Tufts University undergraduate and certificate students.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education.
  • Personal Statement and Writing Sample
  • Resume or CV
  • Shadowing/Volunteer hours (can be documented on resume/CV)
  • Certificate of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students whose native language is not English. The minimal TOEFL for the Department of Occupational Therapy is 600 (100 iBT.) Applications are processed when all material is received.

Post-Professional Master's
*Students eligible for completing the program on a part-time basis (domestic students only) may also apply for entry beginning in the spring semester. This deadline is October 15. If you have questions about your eligibility for the spring semester, please send an e-mail to Jill Rocca.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for ALL applicants except current Tufts alumni.
  • Completion of prerequisite course work with a grade of B- or better.
  • Three letters of reference (including at least one academic) appraising the candidate's potential for study in occupational therapy.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education showing successful completion of an ACOTE or WFOT approved occupational therapy bachelor's program.
  • Personal Statement and Writing Sample
  • Resume or CV
  • Certificate of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students whose native language is not English. The minimal TOEFL for the Department of Occupational Therapy is 600 (100 iBT.) Applications are processed when all material is received.

OTD

  • A personal statement (see guidelines below).
  • An official transcript of all post-secondary education showing successful completion of an ACOTE or WFOT approved occupational therapy bachelor's or master's degree program.
  • An official transcript showing current enrollment in or completion of a master's degree program.
  • Satisfactory completion (B- or better) of prerequisite courses in Introductory Statistics and a graduate-level Research Methods course.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of reference appraising the candidate's potential for study in the OTD program. *
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores are required for all applicants except current Tufts alumni.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students whose native language is not English. The minimal TOEFL for the Department of Occupational Therapy is 600 (100 iBT.)
  • Certificate of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Note: NBCOT credentialing before entry in the OTD is strongly recommended. Those not credentialed in occupational therapy at entry will be given provisional acceptance into the OTD Program and NBCOT credentialing must be achieved by the end of the first semester of the program. It is expected that all applicants are licensed or eligible for licensing in the United States.
  • For Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy master's degree alumni and current students or in 2nd semester (post-professional program): Only two letters of reference appraising the candidate's potential for study in the OTD program are required. GRE scores are not required for current or former Tufts students.

Guidelines for Personal Statement (limit 4 pages double-spaced)

  • What are your plans for graduate study as related to your future career as a leader in occupational therapy? Please address your specialty focus.
  • The Leadership Project is an important part of the OTD program (see description for 286 Leadership Project Planning). Please indicate your current ideas about your project.
  • In what ways do your academic background and recent professional experience point to your potential for success as a doctoral student and as a leader in occupational therapy? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
  • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

Certificate Programs

  • One letters of reference appraising the candidate's potential for study in occupational therapy.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education.
  • A personal statement