Occupational Therapy Graduate Program

MSC09 5240
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-1753
Fax: (505) 272-3583


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission into the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program:

To receive consideration for the admissions process, all applicants must be a resident of New Mexico for at least one year at the time of application or have strong ties to New Mexico. This includes Foreign National applicants. Strong ties include graduating from a New Mexico High School or being financially dependent on a New Mexico resident. For further details, please see the Residency Appeal Form [PDF].

The university is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). Therefore, consideration is also given to residents of participating states (Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming).

Application Checklist

Application Checklist[PDF]

Application Process

Complete the following steps to apply to the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program:

  1. Apply to the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program prior to the November 1st deadline. (Program application link will be available July 2nd
  2. Apply to OTCAS. Application must be submitted to OTCAS prior to November 1st deadline.  (OTCAS application link will be available August 1st) 
  3. Apply to the UNM Office of Graduate Admissions prior to February 14th if selected for on-campus interviews.

Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
NOTE:  The GRE will be required for the Fall 2019 application cycle.


The top candidates will be invited to the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico for an interview and an extemporaneous sample of their writing ability in late January. Final selection will be made from this group of candidates.

Selection Process

  • Completed bachelors degree in discipline of applicant choice
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on last 50 graded credits
  • Completion of each pre-requisite course with a grade of B (3.0) or better
    • Pre-requisites may not be taken more than two times. Grades for additional attempts will not be considered.
    • Prerequisite courses must be completed within the past five years.
  • Bachelors degree must be completed by the end of the spring semester in the calendar year of admission.
  • Pre-requisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the application period.
  • Students enrolled in other institutions must compare the catalog descriptions of the prerequisite courses at UNM and the institution they are attending to assure equivalency of content.
  • It is strongly recommended that prospective students volunteer to work with an occupational therapist for a minimum of 65 hours to explore the role of occupational therapy prior to applying to the graduate program.
  • The GRE writing score will be considered in the application process.  NOTE:  The GRE will be required of all applicants beginning with the fall 2019 application cycle.

Selection Criteria

Up to 30 students will be selected for the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program. Selection will be based on:

  • Transcript evaluation and academic record
  • Personal Statement (OTCAS form)
  • Written materials, letters of reference, and application including your life experiences, volunteer/work experience, community involvement, and regional bilingual skills
  • Interview and spontaneous writing sample
  • GRE Writing Score

The UNM Occupational Therapy Program does not discriminate against any student on the basis of gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin or physical disability.

Advisory Session

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Domenici North Building # 200
Friday, March 29, 2019
Room #2710

Advisory Sessions

Group advisory sessions are offered for prospective Occupational Therapy Graduate Program students. The sessions will cover:

  • Overview of the profession of occupational therapy
  • Career opportunities in occupational therapy
  • The mission and scope of the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
  • The application and admissions process
  • Question and answer session

Ask a Student

The Occupational Therapy Ask a Student Program utilizes the leadership skills of current students in the graduate program to enhance program recruitment and relationships with potential applicants. Students in their second year of the graduate program volunteer to support potential applicants through the following activities/discussions:

  • Campus tour
  • Real life perspectives on classes, assignments, semester schedules
  • Discussion of OT Student Representative choice of this program/profession
  • Sharing reflections from Fieldwork, community and independent study
  • Description of experience with faculty mentorship and research
  • Opportunities to shadow the OT Student Representative during a class or PBL session

To be matched with a student mentor, send your request to OccupationalTherapy@salud.unm.edu.

Prerequisite Courses

Transfer Students

Evaluate and compare the prerequisites from your institution using the Transfer Evaluation System (TES)

Course Waiver Request Form

To request a waiver of the five-year limit for pre-requisite courses, or if you would like to request that prerequisites be waived based on comparable knowledge gained by life experiences or alter native learning methods, please complete the Course Waiver Request Form [PDF].

The Admissions Committee will review the information and inform the applicant of the waiver decision.

Developmental Psychology (PSY 220) 3 credits

Overview of the physical, perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional and social development of children from infancy through adolescence. Must be completed with a B or better.

Abnormal Behavior (PSY 332) 3 credits

Review of the historical, scientific and ethical issues in the field of psychopathology. Categorization of deviant behavior, theories of abnormal behavior, systems of therapy and relevant research are covered. Must be completed with a B or better.

Introduction to Statistics (STAT 145 or PSY 200) 3 credits

Techniques for the visual presentation of numerical data, descriptive statistics, introduction to probability and basic probability models used in statistics, introduction to sampling and statistical inference, illustrated by examples from a variety of fields. Must be completed with a B or better.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences (BIO 237) 3 credits

An integrated study of human structure and function to include histology, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Must be completed with a B or better.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences (BIO 238) 3 credits

A continuation of 237 to include cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, reproductive and endocrine systems. Must be completed with a B or better.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I (BIO 247L) 1 credit

Laboratory work using cadavers. Anatomy stressed with appropriate physiological work. Topics integrated with 237. Must be completed with a B or better.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II (BIO 248L) 1 credit

Continuation of BIOL 247. Topics integrated with 238. Must be completed with a B or better.

Technical and Professional Writing (ENGL 219) 3 credits

Practice in writing and editing of workplace documents, including correspondence, reports and proposals. Must be completed with a B or better.

Tuition and Expenses

Refer to the UNM Bursar's Office web site for the most current tuition rates. 

Additional costs may be incurred for required immunizations, insurance, certification, licensing, and during fieldwork you may incur additional travel and living expenses.