Post-Professional Occupational Therapy | Online

Program Type
Doctoral Program (Online)
Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)
Mode of Study

Tuition per credit hour

$460 for in-state and
$494 for out-of-state residents. See details and other costs

Credit hours

36 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Financial aid

Over 150 graduate assistantships available with stipend & tuition assistance, plus scholarship & fellowship opportunities. Explore aid


No GRE required. Apply for fall, spring, or summer term. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Balance your schedule while completing a degree: Our fully online program allows you to complete coursework from wherever you are.
  • Earn your degree on your terms: Study full-time and finish in as few as 5 semesters or study part-time and finish in 8 semesters.
  • Save time by transferring up to 6 credits from our MOT program.
  • Save money with reduced e-tuition for out-of-state students.
  • Achieve a higher level of confidence and skill in your practice area.
  • Study with faculty who have a wealth of experience in many different practice areas.
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Program requirements

Learn to apply evidence-based literature and add to the evidence, practicing at a greater level of professional accountability — and achieving heightened confidence and skill in your practice area.

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Engaged, dedicated faculty

Our faculty are committed to the success of our students. Faculty research areas include hoarding disorder, pediatric mental health, and the effects of sensory room use on stress in students.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. We encourage students in graduate degree programs to apply for scholarship opportunities.

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Our monthly Graduate Information Sessions are an excellent way to learn more about the benefits of our program, as well as our admissions and financial process.

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Graduate student support

Our Office of Graduate Studies connects you with opportunities for professional development, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. They also foster our graduate student community through Peer Mentorship and the Graduate Student Board.

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Online student support

Maintain a flexible schedule while earning your degree. Our online students receive the same superior support as those who study on campus, including one-on-one career advising, video meetings with tutors and writing assistants, and technology assistance.

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Meet us
The Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council For Occupational Therapy Education (Acote) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (Aota), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, Md 20852-4929. Acote’s telephone number, C/O Aota,is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is www.Acoteonline.Org.

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Admission information: Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate OTD

Application deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis and review them continuously.

Application deadlineFall term startSpring term startSummer term start
FinalAugust 1December 15April 15
InternationalJune 1October 15Not available
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
  • Hold a Masters of Occupational Therapy or Bachelors of Occupational Therapy.
  • Hold a license in OT.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

General requirements

  • Application: Online application
  • Application fee:
    • In-state, out-of-state, and Canadian applicants: Free to apply
    • International applicants: Submit US $50 fee to apply
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information regarding test scores and requirements.

Additional requirements

  • Essay: 5-page essay including introduction, a summary of professional career, capstone interest, knowledge, skills, and resources you will bring to the capstone process, and plans for the use of your doctorate after graduation.
  • Copy of current Occupational Therapy liscensure: PDF or photocopy is accepted.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake doctoral-level graduate study and your chosen profession. As part of the online process, applicants will be prompted for the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Each person will receive an electronic recommendation form to complete directly from the university.
  • Interview. Qualified applicants will be invited to be interviewed by the faculty.

International student instructions

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English proficiency test scores

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Where to send application materials

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