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Advisory Sessions

Group advisory sessions are offered for prospective OT students. The sessions will cover:
• Overview of the profession of occupational therapy
• Career opportunities in occupational therapy
• The mission and scope of the OT Graduate Program
• The application and admissions process
• Question and answer session

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Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission into the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at The University of New Mexico:

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, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming).

How to Apply

Application Checklist [PDF]

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

  1. Apply to the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program prior to the November 1 deadline of 11:59 p.m. EST. (Program application link will be available August 1.) 
  2. Apply to OTCAS. Application must be submitted through OTCAS prior to November 1 deadline. (OTCAS application link will be available August 1.) 
  3. Apply to the UNM Office of Graduate Admissions prior to February 14 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 General Exam is required for all applicants.


The top candidates will be invited to the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque 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 any discipline.
  • 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 verify that their prerequisite courses will transfer to UNM as the required prerequisite course for the UNM OT program by accessing the link to the Transfer Evaluation System (TES), which is located under the Prerequisite Courses tab on our website.
  • It is strongly recommended that prospective students observe/shadow an occupational therapist in at least one setting 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. 

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.

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