Application Process for the Master of Occupational Therapy Program

Applying to Rockhurst University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is done through OTCAS – the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service. Know that if you have questions or need assistance throughout this process, we’re here to help.


Step 1: Complete Your Application
Create an OTCAS account and complete your application. Cycles open July 18, 2018 for the programs beginning the following academic year. Applicants who meet the October 1, 2018 soft deadline will be considered for an interview on December 1, 2018. Final deadline for application is January 2, 2019. Enrollment is limited and early application is strongly encouraged. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

RU undergraduates and pre-admission students are also required to apply through OTCAS. The Graduate Admissions Office no longer accepts paper applications.

For assistance using OTCAS, contact 617-612-2860 or

Important dates:

  • OTCAS 2018-2019 application cycle opens in July 18, 2018.
  • Rockhurst pre-admission students deadline September 1, 2018
  • OTCAS application deadline October 1, 2018 (soft deadline).
  • OT interview day December 1, 2018.
  • OTCAS academic update opens December 10, 2018 (applicants enter updated grades from summer and/or fall semesters 2018).
  • OTCAS academic update closes February 15, 2019.
  • OTCAS application close date January 2, 2019. 
  • Students submit all required materials directly to OTCASand must follow guidelines found on the OTCAS web site.


Step 2: Submit Required Materials to OTCAS
Your application is not complete until the following materials are submitted directly to OTCAS:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These must be sent to OTCAS Verification Department, P.O. Box 9120, Watertown, MA 02471.
  • Summary of your observation hours, extracurricular activities, honors and awards.
  • Three letters of recommendation. These can be sent electronically or mailed. OTCAS only accepts paper recommendations when they are accompanied by a completed Paper Reference Form – an evaluation grid available for download when you login to your OTCAS account – and it must be sent to the same address above.
  • A personal essay limited to 500 words, You are encouraged to compose your essay using a text-only word processor, review for errors, then cut and paste directly into your OTCAS application.
  • TOEFL scores of at least 79 on the internet-based text (only needed for international students whose first language is not English).


Step 3: You’re Accepted, Now What?
Once you accept an offer of admission to our OT program, you are required to submit a second set of transcripts from every college and university you have attended. OTCAS cannot forward transcripts to Rockhurst to fulfill this institutional requirement, so these transcripts must be sent to RU’s Office of Graduate Admissions at 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.