Admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is extremely competitive. While the minimum cumulative GPA requirement to be considered for admission to the School of Health and Medical Sciences is 3.0, applicants to the MSOT program with superior academic records significantly higher than 3.0 are encouraged to apply.
The Fall 2015 application to the MSOT program will be available starting August 1, 2014.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Overall cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0 on a four-point scale
- Health care experience (Fifty  observation hours with an OTR)
- Three letters of recommendation, one from an OTR.
- Student must read, sign, understand and meet the Standards of Essential Functions of the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the MSOT program. (Note: Document will open as a PDF, which you can then download to your computer.)
- If English is not the native language, a student must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score Report documenting a paper-based score of 550 or above, a computer-based score of 213 or above, or an internet-based score of 79 or above.
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative grade point average no less than 3.0 on a four-point scale. CLEP, AP and IB credits will not be accepted for these courses:
Human Anatomy and Physiology* (8 credits)
English (3 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
Sociology (3 credits)
General Psychology (3 credits)
Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
(*Human Anatomy and Physiology must include a laboratory.)
All prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of the application date. Current students and graduates of the program indicate that courses such as neuropsychology, physiology, psychology, and physics, taken on the undergraduate level, may be helpful in preparing you for your graduate studies. These courses are not required by the program.
Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, natural origin, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender.
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Students who are pursuing a degree in occupational therapy need to be aware of certain elements that potentially can impact fieldwork placement, certification, licensure, and future employment. Federal and various state laws are in place that preclude persons with criminal backgrounds from being in contact with children and patients. Where these laws apply, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check which may include fingerprinting and a search of federal and state criminal data bases. Drug testing may also be required. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or attain state licensure.