Information for Prospective Applicants to the MSOT Program

Admission Criteria:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 of above, both cumulatively and in prerequisite courses
  • All prerequisite courses (see list below) completed with a grade of C or higher
  • Minimum of 84 semester equivalent credits (includes courses from OTA degree and prerequisite courses) from an institution that is accredited by a USDE recognized accrediting agency; 43 of these hours must be OTA courses
  • Proof of a minimum of 1 year of full-time work experience as a licensed COTA (or a minimum of 1,500 hours as a fully licensed COTA)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement as prompted by OTCAS
  • Three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • Copy of current U.S. occupational therapy assistant license and NBCOT certification
  • An interview may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Committee

Note: The admissions process for the MSOT Program is managed through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Prerequisite Courses:

MATH 1401

Elementary Statistics


SOCI 1101

Introduction to Sociology


PSYC 3265

Abnormal Psychology*


HLSA 3000

Research Methods for Health Sciences


*Abnormal Psychology course must be at the 3000/4000 (or 300/400) level or higher.

Note: Pre-requisite courses may be completed at another institution if the courses are deemed equivalent to the same MGA courses (will be determined by the MSOT Program Director in conjunction with the Chair of the Rehabilitation Science Department and Office of Graduate Studies/Office of the Registrar. Prospective applicants may check for course equivalencies in the MGA Articulation Catalog, although not all colleges/universities are included in the catalog.

Transfer Credit:

Transfer credit is determined by the MSOT Program Director in conjunction with the Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Office of Graduate Studies/Office of the Registrar. Credit hours from Occupational Therapy professional graduate level courses taken at other institutions are not transferable.

Advanced Placement:

No advanced placement is conferred, as students enter the MSOT Program in a cohort and progress through all courses in a specific order.

Credit for Experiential Learning:

No credit is awarded for experiential learning.