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 14 OTCAS application portal opens for the 2014-15 cycle!

  • February 13 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.

Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.  Applications are reviewed as they are received and applicants are invited to interview after review.

October through March On-campus Interview Sessions by invitation only.

Dates to be announced soon (dates may be subject to change) 

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




  • Anatomy & Physiology and Neuroscience prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years of matriculation (taken summer 2008 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).
  • Prerequisites can 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. Upon completion of the in-progress or planned coursework please submit official transcripts to UNE's Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
  • Courses in medical terminology, college level chemistry or physics, and introduction to occupational therapy are highly recommended


  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree, in any major, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (listed above)
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 as calculated by OTCAS
  • 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 may 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).
  • 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 August.
  • 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.
  • When reviewing applicants, the Admissions Committee will consider the full OTCAS applications including student GPAs, related work or volunteer experience, personal statement and letters of reference.
  • 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 Applicants
  • Official transcripts for in progress degrees and other in progress or planned prerequisites must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions prior to matriculation. (This includes all degrees/coursework in progress and planned at the time of submission of the OTCAS application.)
  • International applicants must submit the International Student Supplemental Application Form at time of acceptance to the university and not as a part of the admissions application
  • 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 Applicants. 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 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.