Admissions Overview

-Apply to OTCAS (GRE code 1989) with additional application components to the ECU Graduate School
-Application process open from July, 2024 until the DEADLINE of October 15, 2024

East Carolina University Occupational Therapy Programs

Students interested in the occupational therapy programs should review this website about the programs and all of the pages related to admissions prior to emailing questions. A wealth of information is located here for your convenience.

Students will have the option of pursuing an entry-level Master’s Degree (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy [MSOT]) or an entry-level Doctoral Degree (Doctor of Occupational Therapy [OTD]) in occupational therapy. All students must first be accepted into the MSOT program to be eligible to apply to the OTD program during the second semester of the MSOT program. Those students who are admitted to the OTD program will transition to the OTD program in the third semester.

  • The MSOT is a 24-month, full-time, campus-based program. The first four semesters are on campus in primarily face-to-face courses while the last two semesters consist of fieldwork placements, most of which are across the state of North Carolina.
  • The OTD is a 34-month, full-time, campus-based program. The first five semesters are on campus in primarily face-to-face courses, followed by two semesters of fieldwork placements and one semester of a capstone experience.
  • In both programs, students are expected to be available to visit campus five days a week, although that is not always required.

The occupational therapy programs are located on the west campus – near the Brody School of Medicine and ECU Health Medical Center – within the College of Allied Health Sciences that shares a state-of-the art building with the College of Nursing and Laupus Health Sciences Library. We encourage all individuals who are considering applying to the programs to visit our Department of Occupational Therapy.


Information Sessions

Informational sessions including tours of the department are held at various time throughout the year. To register, please complete the online registration which includes your name, the date of the session (see list to the right) you would like to attend, and the number of people attending.

For virtual sessions, please register at least 24 hours in advance to receive a link for the virtual meeting via e-mail.

If you are unable to attend one of the informational sessions listed below, you may schedule an individual appointment.
Information Session Dates, Times, and Delivery Formats
  • Wednesday, March 13, 3:00-4:15 pm (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, April 17, 3:00-4:15 pm (In-Person)
  • Monday, May 13, 12:00-1:15 pm (Virtual)
  • Friday, June 14, 10:00-11:15 am (In-Person)

Register Here

Directions to Occupational Therapy Department (PDF)


We also encourage you to explore our website thoroughly to determine if the programs’ vision and mission, structured curriculum, and faculty members’ research and scholarly agendas will be a good match for your educational needs and occupational goals.