M. S. in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Admissions

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program (MSOT) is a full time 2-year program beginning in late May (summer term) each year, requiring completion of the Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university prior to enrollment.

[For UNE undergraduate HWOS majors in the 2015 and 2016 graduation classes (only) interested in applying to the MS in Occupational Therapy program after 3 years of undergraduate coursework, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to confirm your eligibility for this option.]

Important Dates to Remember

  • July 15 OTCAS application portal opens for the 2015-16 cycle!
  • February 15 Deadline for Application to UNE’s MSOT Program through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

All applications for admissions must be electronically submitted through OTCAS. Please visit OTCAS for additional information and detailed instructions for completion of the application.

OTCAS will send your application to UNE after the application file is complete and verified. Please be sure to check the status of your OTCAS portal account to be certain that all of your materials have been received and your application has been sent to your selected schools.

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Admissions are rolling and we encourage students to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle. 

Interview sessions are held on-campus October through March. Interviews are required and are by invitation only.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.







Human Anatomy & Physiology








Introduction to Sociology




Introduction to Psychology




Abnormal Psychology




Human Development (Lifespan)




Statistics (taught in Math, Biology or Psychology dept.)




English Composition




Courses in Medical Terminology, college level Chemistry or Physics, and Introduction to Occupational Therapy are highly recommended      
  • Anatomy & Physiology and Neuroscience prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years of matriculation (taken summer 2009 or more recently).
  • Anatomy and Physiology courses must include all body systems and be a full-year (two semester sequence) or the equivalent. Combination of courses must consist of either 4 credits of anatomy with lab and 4 credits of physiology with lab OR 8 credits of A&P I & II (both with lab). Animal Physiology and Exercise Physiology will not satisfy the physiology prerequisite.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades are not acceptable).
  • Prerequisite coursework and the Baccalaureate degree may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by May, prior to matriculation. Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your OTCAS application. Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Fall term prior to the MSOT program start must be submitted to OTCAS to be verified during the Fall Academic Update period.  Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Spring term must be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions as soon as they are available.


Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPA for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum requirements. Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree, in any major, from a US regionally accredited institution, prior to the start of classes in May
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (listed above)
  • Have earned and maintained a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 as calculated by OTCAS
  • Have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 as calculated by UNE using the highest grade received with multiple retakes
  • Completion of volunteer or work experience in a health or human service related setting is highly recommended

Note: Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to meet all health immunization requirements; to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status.  Please visit Student Health Care for details.

As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the OT program.


  • Applications for admission are accepted through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS) only.
  • Applications must be submitted to OTCAS by the posted deadline.  Students are encouraged to complete and submit applications as early as possible in the cycle. The OTCAS application portal opens in early July.
  • The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee will review the full OTCAS applications taking student GPAs, related work or volunteer experience, personal statement, letters of reference, and the on-campus interview into consideration.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only and are required for admission to the program.  Admissions are rolling and acceptance offers will be made after each interview session and continue until the program starts.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the US. See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions.  If applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and the score received by the application deadline.

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the OT Website.

Policy exceptions

The Occupational Therapy program and the OT Admission Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.


Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another occupational therapy program. The program director will review and award transfer credits on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Placement

There is no advanced placement.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.