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Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 12.01 HEALTH PROFESSIONS- GEN, CIP: 51.2306 Occupational Therapy/Therapist)

School of Public Health and Health Professions

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Sue Ann Sisto
Rehabilitation Science Department Chair

Janice Tona
Occupational Therapy Program Director

Turquessa Francis
Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

MaryAnn Venezia
Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator

Becoming an Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS Student

All intended OT major students apply to the accelerated professional sequence in January of the year they plan to enroll in the professional program, and must be accepted to continue in the professional OT BS/MS program. Students are notified of their acceptance in March.

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022, fall 2022, spring 2023, fall 2023 and spring 2024 cycles. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Students may be admitted to UB as freshmen Intended Occupational Therapy majors. Typically, freshmen complete two years of liberal arts general education requirements and prerequisites in preparation for the professional sequence of the program. Our prerequisite courses were selected to provide a broad foundation in the liberal arts along with a strong foundation in the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences to support an understanding of occupation across the lifespan.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Students can join UB as transfer students from other institutions and declare occupational therapy as their intended major on the UB application; these students are intended OT majors.

Courses completed at other institutions are not automatically accepted by the program as fulfilling the prerequisite requirements. Determination is made by an evaluation of the student's transcripts, descriptions of courses that he/she has taken and credit hours completed. It is recommended that prospective transfer students contact advisors in the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) or email OASA to determine the suitability of prior coursework. Our admission policy requires students to take OT 201 and ES 207 at the University at Buffalo (certified occupational therapy assistants may be excused from OT 201 with approval).

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students who enter UB as a major other than OT can change their major to intended Occupational Therapy using this form.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:53