Thank you for your interest in the Xavier University Occupational Therapy Program. Plans are underway to transition from the current Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree to an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree (pending approval). 

Plans to begin the first semester of the OTD Program in Summer 2020, are in the approval process (with the application process for the OTD Program planned to open in Summer 2019).  Applications for the current MOT program will be accepted through Spring 2021 for current Xavier University students in the pre-occupational therapy curriculum to MOT Program. 

The proposed application process for initial acceptance into the OTD program includes the following: completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with an earned cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; completion of all pre-requisite course requirements; meeting competitive GRE score criteria; and submitting an application that is accompanied by documentation of two separate volunteer experiences and two letters of recommendation.

The proposed plan is to rank applicants based on the above criteria and invite top candidates to complete an interview and submit a writing sample. See the Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree Proposed Admission Requirements for the proposed Preferred, Priority, and Regular deadlines for submission of all application materials.  

For students entering Xavier University as freshman, there is the potential for a “Direct Admit Pathway”.   Fifty percent of OTD student slots will be held for incoming Xavier University freshman students who are in the upper tier as indicated by high school cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT scores, and continue to meet OTD Admission criteria upon application to the OTD Program (pending approval).  

Thank you, again, for your interest in Xavier University’s entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program.  Please feel free to contact Stacia Galey at or 513-745-3104 with any additional questions you might have.

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Note:  Program to be submitted for approval by the following entities:

Xavier University

Ohio Department of Higher Education

Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education