Admission Requirements | Online Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy

Admission Overview

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.

Students of all educational and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply, but MSHI students typically have experience in health and rehabilitation sciences, health information management, information science, computer science, biology, management, nursing, or other clinical fields. 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.

We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, ancestries, races, colors, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

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

  • Online Application

    Begin your online application here.

  • Resume

    A professional resume indicating knowledge of rehabilitation through previous paid work experiences, internships or field experiences, or volunteer work experiences.

  • 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:
  • Essay

    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.

  • Video Interview

    A video interview with the CScD in Occupational Therapy program director.

  • Application Fee

    An application fee of $50, which is waived if application is submitted by the priority deadline.

  • International Applicants

    Additional requirements for international applicants:


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

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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.

Spring 2022

October 4, 2021

Early Decision Deadline

November 1, 2021

Priority Deadline

November 29, 2021

Final Deadline

January 10, 2022

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