Application Requirements

OT@NYU has the same admissions standards as our on-campus Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. To apply, you must hold an entry-level degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree.

Your completed OT@NYU application must include the following items: 

  • Statement of Purpose: This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and describe why you are pursuing doctoral study in occupational therapy. Your statement should be two to three double-spaced pages.
  • Current resume/CV: Include any relevant work experience, and make sure all details are up to date.
  • Transcripts: Upload copies of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended, including study abroad programs and community college, directly into the application. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include the following:
    • Full name of the institution (no abbreviations)
    • Student name
    • Student ID
    • Semesters
    • Course title and grade received
    • Grading scale (if different than 4.0 scale)
    • Level of study
    • Degree conferral date (if degree granted)

If the unofficial transcripts submitted do not meet the above requirements, you will be required to submit official transcripts.

If admitted to the program, you will need to provide official transcripts.

Transcripts can be sent via email to or by mail to the following address:

New York University (NYU)
Application Processing Center
PO Box 30096 010-001
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

If you have completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the United States or Canada, you are required to provide either a WES course-by-course or an ECE course-by-course evaluation.

  • Three letters of recommendation: These letters should come from colleagues who have worked with you directly and can speak to your academic qualifications and professional strengths related to occupational therapy.
  • GRE scores: Official GRE scores are normally required as part of your application. However, for the 2021 admissions cycle GRE scores will not be required.

If you do need to submit these scores, your official GRE score report must be sent electronically to NYU Steinhardt from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) using ETS code 7865.

  • English proficiency exam and TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores: These scores are required only if your native language is not English and you did not receive the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate or graduate degree in which the main level of instruction was English. OT@NYU’s ETS code for TOEFL scores is B498. The English proficiency exam is administered online by NYU’s School of Professional Studies.
    Due to licensure requirements, if you plan to sit the NBCOT exam you must submit TOEFL scores.
  • Non-refundable application fee: A $75 non-refundable application fee is required upon submission of your application and can be paid using any major credit card. If you submit your application by the priority deadline, the non-refundable application fee will be reduced to $45.

To learn more about OT@NYU, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.