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Seton Hall University Health and Medical Sciences

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.) program welcomes your application and questions on the admissions process. All applications must be submitted through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).


  • Applications are accepted through OTCAS with a deadline of January 15.
  • Review of applications will begin after January 15.

Please Note:

  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required for admission to the M.S.O.T. program.
  • Students with incomplete prerequisites may apply, but all requirements must be completed before the start of the program.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of the application date. College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits cannot substitute for prerequisite courses.

M.S.O.T. Admission Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Completion of the Seton Hall University MSOT program application through OTCAS
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.2 on a 4-point scale.
  • Fifty (50) observation hours with an OTR (Occupational Therapist, Registered). Note: in case of difficulty in completing the fifty observation hours, please contact Debra Olszewksi, Department Secretary, for additional information.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an OTR
  • 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 (GPA) no less than 3.2 on a 4-point scale (CLEP, AP or IB credits will not be accepted for these courses):
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (including a laboratory): 8 credits
    • English: 3 credits
    • Statistics: 3 credits
    • Sociology: 3 credits
    • General Psychology: 3 credits
    • Abnormal Psychology: 3 credits
    • Developmental Psychology: 3 credits


While courses such as neuropsychology, physiological psychology and physics taken at the undergraduate level are not required for admission to the program, they may be helpful in preparing you for your graduate studies.

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 databases. 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.

How to Apply

MSOT Admissions Questions:

Patrick McDermott, M.A.
Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment and Student Affairs
School of Health and Medical Sciences
[email protected]
(973) 275-2062

Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, natural origin, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender.