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 Application Dates
- For Program Starting: Summer 2021
- All applicants must apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
- OTCAS application portal opens: July 16, 2020
- Priority Application Submission Deadline: October 30, 2020
- Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
- All verified applications undergo a preliminary review for minimum requirements, after which select applicants will be invited to interview.
- Interviews are a required part of the application process and are by invitation only.
- Following the required interview, a final decision will be made for select applicants.
- UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.
For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.
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.
- Completion of 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 and instructions.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, as calculated by OTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes), required.
- Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0, as calculated by UNE using highest grade received for repeated coursework; calculated using the OTCAS universal computation scale for quality points.
- All applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements to be considered for admission.
PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I and 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 4.5-6 quarter credits); lab component not required but is highly recommended
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs, 8 semester or 12 quarter credits) or
- Other (each prerequisite course below should be equivalent to 3 semester or 4.5 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 not required but are highly recommended
Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Notes:
- All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades not acceptable).
- All science prerequisite coursework must be completed no more than seven (7) years prior to UNE’s OTCAS application deadline.
- A maximum of 6 Advanced Placement (AP) credits can be accepted as a substitute for Intro to Psychology and English Composition only.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
- *Neuroscience 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 moto pathways), and general cognitive functioning.
- ***Social 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.
- **Human Development prerequisite – course must cover entire lifespan from birth to death. Applicants wishing to use Developmental Psychology to fulfill this prerequisite must reach out to the program for approval prior to application submission.
- Prerequisite coursework may be in-progress or planned at the time of application. All courses must be completed with an official transcript submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
- 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.
- Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the spring term should be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
All planned or in-progress coursework should be listed on the OTCAS application at the time of application submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting all admission requirements and therefore will not be eligible for admission review.
Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities are acceptable with program approval.
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.
- Completion of volunteer or work experience in a health or human service-related setting is highly recommended.
- All hours can be documented directly within the OTCAS application.
- Please refer to the OTCAS application for specific writing prompt and additional information.
- Interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only.
- Alternate interviewing modalities (including virtual interviews) may be instituted as necessary to address ongoing public health concerns with COVID-19. The Office of Graduate Admissions will be in touch with any updates, as necessary.
- If an applicant has extenuating circumstances and would like to request a virtual interview, it may be granted with program approval. Please reach out to the program directly for additional information.
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 and minimum score requirements.
- Please refer to the OTCAS application for test score submission instructions.
Prior to matriculation, accepted and deposited students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:
- Completion of 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 Academic and Technical Standards of the Occupational Therapy profession.
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 other supporting materials.
Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.
- 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 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
- No credit awarded for experiential learning