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.

Application for Summer 2019

  • All applicants must apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
  • The OTCAS application portal opens July 18, 2018 for admission May 30, 2019.
  • October 30, 2018 is the priority application deadline for electronic submission to OTCAS. The deadline for receipt of verified application at UNE is November 15, 2018
    • On-campus interviews for priority applicants take place from October–December.
    • Decisions are made after all qualified priority applicants have been interviewed, and are mailed by mid-January.
  • February 1, 2019 is the general application deadline for electronic submission to OTCAS. The deadline for receipt of verified application at UNE is February 16, 2019.
    • On-campus interviews for applicants not meeting priority application deadlines, but meeting final deadline take place December–March. 
    • Decisions for general applicants will be made after each interview session on a space-available basis until classes begin.

Processing of applications

  • It is highly recommended for candidates to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle to ensure consideration for invitation to interview.
  • Application is completed online and submitted electronically to OTCAS for verification. 
    • The verification process begins as soon as official transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation are received at OTCAS (it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure OTCAS has all of the documents to verify all information provided on the application)
    • OTCAS will communicate with you via email regarding any missing documents or other concerns related to the verification of your application. (Please check your email frequently or call OTCAS if you are concerned about the status of your application prior to confirmation from UNE that your verified application has been received.)
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received.
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application and additional email communications will be sent from UNE as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • On-campus interviews are required and done by invitation only.
  • Applicants are invited to interview as verified applications are reviewed.
    • Priority applicants are given full consideration and invited to interview before general applicants.
    • General applicants will be given full consideration and invited to interview after priority applicants.
  • Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class.

Note: 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 any other supporting materials.

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


Coursework requirements

  • Science​​
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs, 8 semester or 12 quarter credits) OR
      • Human Anatomy, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits, and
      • Physiology, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits (Animal or Exercise Physiology not acceptable)
    • Neuroscience (3-4 semester or 5-6 quarter credits); lab component not required but is highly recommended
  • Other (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits)
    • Statistics (Bio, Math, Psych)
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Human Development (lifespan)
    • Social Science (Sociology/Anthropology)
    • English Composition
    • Courses in Medical Terminology, college Chemistry or Physics, and Introduction to Occupational Therapy are highly recommended
  • Maximum of 3 AP credits may be applied toward the English prerequisite only
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades, not acceptable) and completed at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university
  • Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but completed before enrollment in May; 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 to be submitted to OTCAS for verification during the Academic Update period
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Spring term to be submitted directly to UNE's Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions as soon as available
  • MSOT program will also accept courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites, other online, and community college coursework to satisfy prerequisites, if successfully completed at any U.S. regionally accredited institution with approval of program


  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, as calculated by OTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes)
  • Minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 as calculated by UNE using the best grade received for repeated course
  • Completion of volunteer or work experience in a health or human service related setting is highly recommended
  • Two (2) letters of reference from writers who know you and can speak to your ability to be successful academically and to practice professionally (letters from friends or family members are not acceptable)
  • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    • Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance
    • Average GPAs for students accepted into the program are well above published minimums
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted/deposited students will be expected to
    • Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
    • Obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status 
  • Accepted/deposited students will be subject to passing a criminal  background check and/or drug screening periodically throughout the program as required by clinical affiliations
  • All candidates must be able to meet all academic and technical standards of the profession


  • Applications for admission are accepted through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
    • Applications must be electronically submitted to OTCAS by the posted deadline
    • It is highly recommended that students apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle
    • OTCAS application portal opens annually in mid-July
      • Priority application deadline:
        • Applications electronically submitted to OTCAS on or before posted priority application deadline will be considered for invitation to campus interview session from October - December
        • Decisions for priority applicants will be made and letters will be mailed after all priority applicants have interviewed
      • General application deadline:
        • General applicants who electronically submit the OTCAS application after the priority deadline will be considered for invite to interview December-March based on space availability
        • Decisions for general applicants will be made after each interview session on a space available basis until the program starts
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application

Policy exceptions

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only, when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all can
  • All academic (coursework and degree) and experience requirements presented in this summary are subject to change per accreditation mandates or clinical affiliation requirements

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

  • 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


No advanced standing available

Experiential Learning

No credit awarded for experiential learning