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Admission Requirements

Applicants who received their occupational therapy training within the United States must have an entry-level master’s degree in occupational therapy (e.g., MOT) from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accredited program, or a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy from an ACOTE-accredited program and a master’s degree in occupational therapy or another field of study. Applicants who received their occupational therapy training outside of the United States must have completed their occupational therapy training from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)-approved program and meet all necessary requirements for admission to the University of Pittsburgh. U.S. applicants are required to have initial NBCOT certification (or eligibility) and state licensure in occupational therapy (or eligibility). International applicants must provide equivalent certification documentation from country of residence.

Please note that the GRE is not required for admission to the program.

To apply to the online CScD in Occupational Therapy program, you must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
    • Transcripts must be submitted from anywhere you took classes, including study abroad programs.
      • Mailing Address:
        University of Pittsburgh
        School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
        Office of Admissions
        4020 Forbes Tower
        Pittsburgh, PA 15260
      • Official e-transcripts:
  • Evidence of graduate level writing skills in an essay that outlines: 1) why you are interested in pursuing the Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy degree or Certificate in Implementation, 2) why you are interested in advancing your education through the University of Pittsburgh, 3) what makes you a good fit for an advanced training education program that is delivered online and 4) the future professional goals that you hope to achieve as a result of this advanced training.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should attest to your professional abilities and conduct, collegiality, oral and written communication skills and leadership.
  • A video interview with the CScD in Occupational Therapy program director
  • An application fee of $50, which is waived if application is submitted by the priority deadline

Additional requirements for international applicants:

If you have questions, reach out to an enrollment advisor at any time at or (412) 930-4036.

Upcoming Deadlines

Pitt’s online CScD in Occupational Therapy program offers two start dates per year, in the spring and fall. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Applicants who submit an application by the early decision and priority deadlines are eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

Applications are currently being accepted for the cohorts listed below:

Cohort Fall 2021
Early Decision Deadline May 31, 2021
Priority Deadline June 30, 2021
Final Deadline July 26, 2021
Course Start August 23, 2021

Financing Your Degree

Cost per credit in the online CScD in Occupational Therapy program is currently $1,122 (based on 2019-2020 academic year rates). This cost does not include registration and student fees and is subject to change each year.

There are many forms of financial aid to help fund your graduate studies at Pitt.

In order to apply for Federal student aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Pitt’s school code: 008815. As a graduate student, you may qualify for the following two federal loans:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Most graduate-level students may be eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year through the Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: The PLUS loan is credit-based and used to supplement the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The maximum PLUS loan amount offered is the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.

Please visit the Pitt SHRS website for more detailed information on financial aid.

Your current employer may be willing to provide financial assistance for your graduate education, so we suggest that you check with your manager or HR department to see if there are potential opportunities for tuition support. If you have questions about approaching this conversation with your employer, our enrollment team can provide helpful tools and insights for exploring this opportunity.