Admission Requirements

The CSUDH OTD Program is pending WSCUC and ACOTE approval

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program

Applications to the OTD program are accepted one time each year. Students planning to seek admission to the program should complete the on-line application and submit a complete application packet including all supporting materials by December 1st preceding a summer semester admission to the program.

Applications for admission to CSU Dominguez Hills must be completed on-line at

OTD Application opens: October 1st

Application (ALL documents) deadline: December 1st

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed and awarded Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Completion of the following prerequisites (must be within the last ten years, minimum 3 semester units each, a minimum of B average in all prerequisite courses, and a minimum of C for each course).

a) Human Anatomy with laboratory (3 Credits)
b) Human Physiology with laboratory (3 Credits)
c) Developmental Psychology or Human Development (Across the Lifespan) (3 Credits)
d) Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits)
e) Statistics (3 Credits)
f) Medical Terminology (academic credit or certificate, taken from an accredited institution)

    1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in bachelor's degree and pre-requisite coursework.
    2. Completion of 80 hours of documented volunteer experience under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist.
    3. Three letters of recommendation: one letter from the occupational therapist supervising volunteer hours and two from professionals that can attest to student's ability to complete graduate coursework.
    4. A minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE Scores of 286, with required minimum scores of 140 on the Quantitative Reasoning and 146 on the Verbal Reasoning sections. A minimum Analytic Writing score of 4 is required. * Note GRE scores must be within the last five years.
    5. Attendance to an OTD Information Session prior to applying to the program.
    6. Download and complete Application Checklist 
    7. Applicants who meet aforementioned qualifications will be invited for a personal interview with members of the Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Committee.
    8. If accepted, completion of the CSUDH medical history questionnaire and physical examination with proof of required immunizations are mandatory.
    9. If accepted, student must sign up for any fieldwork management, background screening and/or compliance tracking systems being utilized by the program prior to admission.
    10. If accepted, student needs to display professional responsibility by becoming a member of both the state and the national professional organizations in occupational therapy (OTAC and AOTA) prior to the start of the program.

    For additional information about the admissions process for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program, please contact the Department of Occupational Therapy at 310-243-2726, or refer to the website