Apply to Duke OTD

Duke OTD envisions an inclusive world where all people flourish through access to and participation in meaningful, health-supporting occupations, the activities of everyday life.

Duke OTD takes the following actions to create an inclusive and equitable admissions process:

  • No GRE required
  • No observation hours required
  • No prescribed prerequisite courses
  • Virtual interviews
  • Vision and mission-driven selection criteria

Monday, July 8, 8:30-12:30 and 1:00-5:00
(pick one). Duke OTD students and faculty host this half-day, interactive, virtual program designed to broaden participants' understanding of occupation and occupational therapy as they are taught and practiced at Duke. Whether you're just starting to explore OT or are fully committed to the profession, there's lots to learn. Register here by June 21.

Duke OTD hosts virtual Information Sessions for prospective students monthly from August to November. Registration for Fall 2024 Info Sessions will be available July 1.

If you would like to view a recorded Information Session from Fall 2023, please email and request the link.

These informal, virtual, open forum events are designed for applicants in the current application cycle. They are a chance to ask questions, clarify requirements, and connect with Admissions staff before submitting materials in OTCAS.
Registration for 2024-2025 Application Workshops will be available July 1.

For those able to visit Duke in person, we offer two Open House events that allow you to tour our facilities; learn about the curriculum, admissions process, and student life; talk with current faculty, staff, and students; ask questions, and be our guest for lunch. Registration for Fall and Winter Open House events will be available July 1.

The Duke OTD admissions process is managed through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). If you are using OTCAS to apply to other programs, please note that Duke has specific requirements for Evaluations (Letters of Recommendation) and for pre-requisites. Only those applications that follow the Duke-specific instructions will be considered complete in OTCAS.

After an application has been verified by OTCAS, applicants will be emailed a link to pay the Duke application fee of $50. (The OTCAS fee and Duke's fee are separate.) Applicants may apply for an OTCAS fee waiver following the instructions found here. Applicants who receive an OTCAS fee waiver should forward the email documenting that waiver (Subject: "You are approved for an OTCAS waiver") to to have Duke's fee waived, as well.

Duke Application Submission Deadlines
Early: Thursday, October 10, 2024
Standard: Friday, January 10, 2025

If the application is complete and submitted by the deadline, it may be verified by OTCAS after the deadline and still be considered in the intended round/cycle. The application review process begins after each submission deadline, not on a rolling basis.

Interviews (by invitation only): November (early round) and February (standard round)
Applicants will be invited to interview based on their written applications.

Notifications: December (early round) and March (standard round)

Email with any questions.

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A criminal background check (CBC) is not a component of the application, interview, or admission decision-making process. However, it is a mandatory component of the onboarding process. All admitted students will undergo a criminal background check (CBC) involving federal, state, and local records that extend back a minimum of five years. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon the review and acceptance of the applicant’s CBC report. A felony conviction may impact your ability to take the certification exam or attain a state license. For more information, contact NBCOT.