Occupational Therapy

Supplemental content for Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Applicant Qualifications

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
  • Hold a degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Hold a license in OT
  • GRE scores are not required by the Post Professional OTD program

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions 

Review of applications will take place upon receipt of all materials.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • USM Graduate Application: Online application
  • USM Application fee: There is currently no application fee. 
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). Applicants must demonstrate completion of a masters’ degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a current occupational therapy license. If you need to confirm the accreditation status of an institution, you may search at Council for Higher Education Accreditation site. 
  • 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.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional experience.
  • Copy of OT licensure.
  • 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.
  • Students whose first language is not English are 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 below regarding test scores and requirements.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (usmadmit@maine.edu).

Where to send transcripts and application materials

When applying through the USM Graduate Application, official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts may send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu

Resumes, essays, and other required documents may also be sent to edocs@maine.edu

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Additional Information

  • Completion of the application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission is based on a comparative evaluation of the applicants’ materials to determine eligibility for an interview. 
  • The interview process is the final admissions requirement and is by invitation only. Alternative interview arrangements can be made for those who are unable to attend the on-campus interview sessions.
  • For answers to any questions you might have contact:
  • Need to verify the status of your application?
    • Contact the Office of Admissions at 207-780-5670 or email us.

Information for Admitted Students

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you are applying for financial aid, your financial aid form (FAFSA) should be mailed by February 1 to ensure the best possible financial aid package. Applicants should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The University of Southern Maine’s Federal ID Code is 009762. Contact Student Financial Services directly with any questions or concerns.

Search to see which scholarships you qualify for.

For further information or problems with this page, contact: usm.ot@maine.edu

Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.