Occupational Therapy

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MS OCCT
December 1, 2020
Academic Program Aid/Financial Assistance  December 15, 2020 (Recommended) – PLEASE NOTE, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 1, 2020 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION
Director of Graduate Admissions Linn Wakeford (linn_wakeford@med.unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator Tamara Mesko (tamara_mesko@med.unc.edu)
Address Division of Occupational Science
CB# 7122, Bondurant Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website med.unc.edu/ahs/ocsci/degree-programs
Phone 919-966-2451
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (see other requirements)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

One Letter of Recommendation MUST be from an occupational therapy practitioner (OT or OTA); the other two should be from recommenders who know the applicant relatively well and can comment on the applicant’s professional behaviors.

Prerequisite Courses:  The applicant will be asked to enter the courses s/he has taken corresponding with the required prerequisites.

FIXED Prerequisites:  Anatomy (with human lab component), Physiology, Abnormal Psychology and Statistics.

FLEXIBLE Prerequisites:  One course in each of the following categories (descriptions available on the division website shown above):  Human/Individual Behavior, Modes of Reasoning, Social Institutions and Systems, Occupation.  The applicant must enter the date the course was or will be completed and the grade obtained.  If the Occupation prerequisite was not taken for a grade, enter N/A.  For prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed, enter the anticipated date of completion in the online application.

Statement of Purpose: Each applicant should complete an essay approximately 1.5 – 2 pages in length responding to the following prompt:

Discuss your reasons for pursuing a career in occupational therapy and why you wish to study at UNC. Include your current understanding of Occupational Science and how it relates to the practice of occupational therapy, tying it into how you see yourself practicing in the future. Use professional references to support your statements; preference will be given to the use of references from peer-reviewed journals and professional texts. At the end of your essay, provide the citations for your 3-5 professional references. Do not use more than one website as a reference (you may use more than one database website for article searches). Use a consistent, standard form of referencing (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.). (800 words max, excluding references).

Reflective Statement:  Upload a half page reflective statement addressing the course taken for the Occupation prerequisite.  In this statement, address: 1) the experience of learning a novel skill 2) the method of instruction and how it facilitated or hindered learning and 3) the influence of other learners on the learning process.  This statement should be uploaded as Additional Document #1.

Experience with Occupational Therapy:  Please upload a document listing the names of the occupational therapy practice sites observed, the type of practice (e.g., rehab, skilled nursing facility, school, in-patient, etc.), dates of observations, number of hours observed, and names and contact information of supervising occupational therapists at each site, using the table format shown below (in your own Word document). Upload this document as Additional Document #2.

Name of OT practice site Type of Practice (e.g., rehab, skilled nursing, school, etc) Dates of Observations Number of Hours Observed Supervising OT OT contact information


Additional Information:  This document is OPTIONAL and is intended to let you provide information that is relevant to your desire to study occupational therapy at UNC, but does not fit into other places on the application. This may include information regarding special skills or achievements, or life circumstances that have influenced you. This information should not exceed one typed page. Upload this as Additional Document #3.

*Admission to this program is offered only during the fall term. No other admission terms are available.