Application Procedures

When applying for admission, Baylor receives applications exclusively through the Occupational Therapist Central Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Application instructions can be found at OTCAS.  Information about the Baylor University OTD Program can be found here.

Applying for Admission

The Baylor University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2023, to begin coursework in January of 2022. It is strongly encouraged that all applicants thoroughly review the instructions for submitting an application through OTCAS as available for download through the OTCAS website before attempting to apply to the Baylor University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

Supporting Materials

All of the following materials must be submitted through OTCAS:

  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must arrange for OTCAS to receive an official transcript from each college and university from which you earned a degree (bachelor’s or higher) in the United States and Canada.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Applicants must arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official GRE scores through OTCAS using the code designated specifically for the occupational therapy program. The OTCAS Program Code for the Baylor University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is 4686.
  • References: Applicants must arrange for references to submitted electronically through OTCAS. Each evaluator providing a reference will be contacted using an email address provided in OTCAS by the applicant.
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample:  Applicant must provide a carefully written 5-paragraph essay describing one treatment activity observed during an occupational therapy observation. Describe the purpose of the activity and the client’s response. Sample is scored for writing mechanics and content.
  • Personal Statement: Describe why you want to be a doctorally prepared occupational therapist and what sets you apart from the other Baylor University OTD applicants.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): If English is not an applicant’s first (primary) language, official TOEFL scores must be submitted to Admissions@onlineotd.baylor.edu.
Application Review

The OTD Admissions Committee and faculty will review all completed applications (i.e., application and all supporting materials received) in the order of receipt. Applicants are evaluated based on the following items:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Pre-requisite GPA
  • GRE verbal percentile rank
  • GRE quantitative percentile rank
  • References
  • Personal Essay

 

Other factors considered, but not required:

  • Relevant work experience
  • Observation hours  
  • Prior military experience

The OTD admissions committee will use this evaluative process to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all applicants. The OTD admissions committee will grant admission interviews by invitation only.

Interview Process

The OTD Admissions Coordinator will contact selected applicants and provide further instructions for completing the interview process. All interviews are conducted using a video-based platform called Kira Talent. Students record and upload their responses to a series of standardized interview questions for review by program faculty and the Admissions Committee. Students must have a computer with webcam and internet service to complete this interview.

Selection Process

The OTD admissions committee and faculty will accept students into the program based on a holistic evaluation of their application, supporting documents, and interview. All applicants will be notified by email and/or mail regarding final selection decisions.

Application Deadlines

The program has two application windows for the Class of 2023 beginning in January 2022:

  • January 1, 2021 - June 11, 2021
  • July 22, 2021 – November 1, 2021

For questions related to admission to the program, please contact OTD Admissions at Admissions@onlineotd.baylor.edu.