About our M.S.O.T.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program (M.S.O.T.) 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.

NBCOT Exam Pass Rates

M.S. program graduates are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy. Learn more about the exam and UNE pass rates


The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at UNE was initially accredited in 1985 and has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) since that time. Our next accreditation visit will occur in the 2024/2025 academic year. ACOTE is located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, North Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Important Application Dates

Application Process

  • All verified applications are reviewed holistically, with the goal of identifying candidates with unique strengths, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Qualified applicants are invited to complete a virtual interview. Interviews are conducted by invitation only.
  • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.

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

Learn more about the UNE M.S.O.T.

Admissions Events



The University of New England Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

Degree Requirement

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation.
  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS. Please see the OTCAS application for additional information.

GPA Requirement

  • UNE has a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 for both overall and prerequisite coursework. All applications are reviewed holistically, and applicants are invited to interview on a rolling basis.
  • Last sixty (60) credit hour GPA is also considered during application review.

Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

Course SubjectCourse CreditsCourse Details
Anatomy & Physiology I or Human Anatomy4 semester or 6 quarter credits
  • Lab Required
Anatomy & Physiology II or Human Physiology4 semester or 6 quarter credits
  • Lab Required
Science3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • College-level science course with lab is required to fulfill this requirement.
  • Any course subject listed in the attached UNE OT Subject List (PDF) is acceptable to fulfill this requirement. Survey courses will not satisfy this requirement.
Statistics3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • Biology, Math, or Psychology-based statistics are all acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
Introduction to Psychology3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • College-level course is required.
Abnormal Psychology3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • College-level course is required.
Human Development3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • Human Development course that covers the entire lifespan is required to fulfill this requirement.
  • Course must cover the entire lifespan from birth to death. Applicants wishing to use Developmental Psychology to fulfill this prerequisite must contact the program for approval prior to application submission.
Social Science3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • Sociology is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
  • Anthropology is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
  • Acceptable courses should be focused on the study of society, human interactions/relationships, the structure and function of social institutions or organized groups, and culture.
English3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • English Composition is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
  • This requirement can also be met by taking a course identified as a Writing-Intensive. Please note that if a writing-intensive course is being used to satisfy this requirement, the course description must clearly indicate that it is considered a writing-intensive course.

Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Considerations

  • Courses in or familiarity with Medical Terminology, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, and APA 7th Edition formatting are not required but highly recommended.
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better (C- grades are not acceptable).
  • A maximum of six (6) Advanced Placement (AP) or equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) credits may be accepted as a substitute for Introduction to Psychology and English Composition prerequisite courses only.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or international equivalent.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the summer/fall term should be submitted and verified by OTCAS during the Academic Update period.
  • All planned or in-progress prerequisite coursework should be listed on the OTCAS application at the time of application submission.
  • Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities may be acceptable (with program approval).

Standardized Tests

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.

Letters of Evaluation

Two (2) letters of evaluation are required, submitted via OTCAS.

  • Letters should come from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and/or professional experiences.
  • Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable.

Observation Hours

  • Volunteer, shadowing, and/or work experience in a health or human services-related setting is not required, but it is highly recommended.
  • All hours should be documented within the OTCAS application.

Personal Statement

  • Please refer to the OTCAS application for specific writing prompts and additional information.


  • Interviews are required as part of the application process.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to interview via email. All interviews are completed through the Kira Talent virtual assessment platform.
  • Although applicants are not required to physically come to campus during the application process, campus visits are welcome and available by appointment. Please email the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment for additional information.

International Applicants

International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be submitted directly to OTCAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE-approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information, minimum score requirements, and test score submission instructions.

Other Requirements

Prior to starting the program, all entering students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:

  • All outstanding documents, including official transcripts and baccalaureate degree conferral via an official transcript, must be submitted to the UNE Office of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment prior to the start of the program.
  • Completion of a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by clinical affiliations).
  • All students must have the ability to meet the Academic and Technical Standards of the Occupational Therapy profession.

All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

Policy Exceptions

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs.
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements.
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates.

Transfer Credits

  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Occupational Therapy program.
  • Transfer credits will be reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Standing

  • No advanced standing available.

Experiential Learning

  • No credit will be awarded for experiential learning.

M.S.O.T. Admissions FAQ

How can I find out about the status of my application to UNE’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy?

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your verified application from the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment. All communication from Graduate Admissions and Recruitment will be sent to the email address listed on your OTCAS application. If you wish to check the status of your application please email the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment.

Does state residency play a role in admissions to UNE’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy?

There are no quotas for Maine or New England students. Prospective students from all geographic regions are encouraged to apply for admission.

Can I update or make changes to my M.S.O.T. application post-submission?

Yes, updates can be made post-submission. Experiences can be added, but edits of previously submitted information is not allowed. Coursework can be updated during the Academic Update Period from mid-December to mid-February. See more information on updating your OTCAS application

I am reapplying to UNE’s M.S.O.T. What do I need to do?

Applicants reapplying to the UNE Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program need to resubmit all application materials for any new cycle in which they apply, including: primary CAS application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, written statements and responses, fees and payments, and any additional required documentation. Applicants should also actively update their experiences, extracurricular activities, clinical involvement, and volunteering each cycle as well, to reflect the most up-to-date engagement.