Admissions

Applying for Admission

All applicants must complete the GW Online Application

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Entry: August 1
  • Spring Entry: December 1

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:

  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission

General Admission Requirements

1. Minimum GPA of 3.0
 
2. Education Requirements

For currently practicing occupational therapists:

  • Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited entry-level OT program (MSOT); current and active license to practice occupational therapy; and/or
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited entry-level OT program (BSOT) plus a master’s degree in a related field; current and active license to practice occupational therapy.
 
3. Resume

For students who are currently enrolled in an accredited entry level MSOT program, attach your current resume or CV that demonstrates good standing and completion of at least 30 credits toward the MSOT.

  • Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited entry-level OT program (MSOT); current and active license to practice occupational therapy; and/or
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited entry-level OT program (BSOT) plus a master’s degree in a related field; current and active license to practice occupational therapy.
 
4. Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. Recommendations must be on letterhead and signed by the recommender. At least one letter of recommendation should be from a registered OT describing leadership or scholarship in clinical practice.

Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

 
5. Official Transcripts

Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to the following address:

The George Washington University
Health Sciences Programs
Office of Admissions
2100 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.,
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.

 
6. Statement of Purpose

Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

 
7. English Language Test

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0

International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:

  • They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

Transferring Credits

For more information about transferring in credits as an incoming student, please refer to the Curriculum page for program to which you are applying.