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.

Important Dates

  • Mid-July, 2017: OTCAS application opens for the 2017-18 cycle
  • October 13: Priority application deadline for electronic submission to OTCAS
  • November/December, 2017: Interviews for priority applicants, with decisions in early January, 2018
  • February 15: Final application deadline for electronic submission to OTCAS
  • January–March, 2018: Interviews for applicants who do not meet the priority application deadline, based on space availability

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.

UNE has a modified non-rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed as they are received. Invitations to interview are sent to qualified applicants as reviewed. 

To be considered for a priority decision, applicants must electronically submit the OTCAS application by October 13 to ensure that UNE receives the verified application from OTCAS by November 10. Only those applicants whose verified applications are received by November 10 will be considered for a priority decision. 

Interviews are required and are by invitation only.

Interviews for priority applicants will be held in November and December with decisions in early January.

Interviews for applicants who do not meet the priority application deadline will be held January–March.

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







Human Anatomy & Physiology2








Social Science (Sociology/Anthropology)4








Abnormal Psychology5




Human Development (Lifespan)




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




English Composition

(A maximum of 3 AP credits may be applied toward the English prerequisite only.)




1Prerequisite 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.

2Anatomy & Physiology prerequisite: must have been completed within seven (7) years of matriculation (taken summer 2011 or more recentlyAnatomy 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 both 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.  

3Neuroscience prerequisite: the course should include: structure and function of the nervous system including both the central and peripheral nervous system, content related to the neural basis for movement and sensory functions (including content on sensory and motor pathways), and general cognitive functioning.  

4Social Science prerequisite: Applicants must have 3 credits of social science which might include sociology or anthropology that is focused on the study of society, human interactions/relationships, the structure and function of social institutions or organized groups, and culture.  

5Psychology prerequisite: total of 6 credits psychology, 3 of which must be abnormal psychology.


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) with a "C" or better ("C-" grades are not acceptable)
  • 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 for repeated courses
  • Courses in Medical terminology, college level Chemistry or Physics, and Introduction to Occupational Therapy are highly recommended
  • 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 and community training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks prior to matriculation, with drug screening and finger printing required by individual clinical or community training sites, and throughout the OT program.  


Applications for admission are accepted through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS) only.   

  • Priority application deadline is October 13:  Applications electronically submitted to OTCAS on or before October 13, to be verified and sent to UNE on or before November 10 will be considered for invitation to interview in November and December. Decisions from these fall  interviews will be sent to applicants in early January 2018.
  • Final application deadline is February 15:  Applications verified and not received from OTCAS by November 10 will be considered for invite to interview January through March based on space availability
  • Applications must be submitted to OTCAS by the posted deadlines.  Students are encouraged to complete and submit applications as early as possible in the cycle, preferably by the priority deadline. The OTCAS application portal opens in early July for submission of applications.
  • The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee will review the full OTCAS application taking student GPAs, related work or volunteer experience, personal statement, letters of reference, and the on-campus interview into consideration when making decisions for admission.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only and are required for admission to the program.  
  • 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 the applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.

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.


There is no advanced standing.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.