Admission Requirements


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.  ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its Web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

The students must complete all graduation and fieldwork requirements in a timely manner.  All Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

The Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Missouri State University uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  The OTCAS-verified application deadline is February 1, 2021.

The OTCAS verification process may take several weeks; please take this into consideration prior to submitting.

For more information and to learn how to monitor your application status visit the OTCAS Help Center.

Please visit to create your OTCAS account.

All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471

Phone: 617-612-2860



Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program, a prospective student must apply to the MSU Master of Occupational Therapy Program via the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Services (OTCAS) ( Only applicants who are accepted into the MOT Program will be required to submit an application to the Graduate College and pay the non-refundable application fee per the MSU Graduate College policy.

Full admission to the MOT program is competitive; not all that apply will be admitted. Students who are not accepted into the program may apply for the next application deadline. Complete applications will be reviewed by the MOT Program Admissions Committee. A select number of applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Phone or Skype interviews will be permitted for students living a distance of more than 100 miles from Springfield, MO.

Selection for an interview and final admission decisions will be based on the following:

  1. Submission of an application to the OTCAS that must include a personal statement (following OTCAS requirements); two letters of recommendation that include one letter from an academic source (advisor, instructor, etc.), and one letter from a licensed occupational therapist, documented evidence of a minimum of 20 hours of observation of occupational therapy. Observation in at least two different areas of practice is encouraged;
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
  3. Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years prior to application to OTCAS with a preferred minimum score of 153 in Verbal Reasoning, 150 in Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing (code 7148);
  4. International applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to submit minimum scores of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 213 on the computer-based test, or a comparable score of 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  5. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation. The undergraduate degree may be in any field, but students must complete the following prerequisites (or their equivalents) listed below with a "C" or higher prior to entering the program:
    • English: 6 hrs (ENG 110 and ENG 210 (GEC 105)
    • College Algebra or higher: 3 hrs (MTH 135 or higher)
    • Statistics: 3 hrs (MTH 340, MTH 545, QBA 237, PSY 200, SOC 302, BIO 550)
    • Algebra-Based Physics with lab: 3-4 hrs (PHY 123)
    • Introductory Chemistry with lab: 4-5 hrs (CHM 116 and CHM 117 or CHM 160 and CHM 161)
    • Introductory Psychology: 3 hrs (PSY 121)
    • Abnormal Psychology: 3 hrs (PSY 304)
    • Human Development over the Lifespan: 3 hrs (CFD 155; may be met by completing sequence of courses covering development across the lifespan in Psychology – PSY 331, PSY 350, and PSY 441)
    • General Biology/Biomedical Sciences with lab: 4-5 hrs (BIO 121, or BMS 110 and BMS111)
    • Human Anatomy with lab: 4 hrs (BMS 307)**
    • Human Physiology with lab: 4 hrs (BMS 308)**
      **If students take a combined course, it must be taken across two semesters for a total of at least 8 credit hours to meet admission criteria; a single combined anatomy and physiology course WILL NOT be accepted.
    • Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology: 3 hrs (SOC 150, ANT 125)
    • Medical Terminology: 1-3 hrs (LLT 102)
    • U.S. Government or U.S. History: 3 hrs (PLS 101, HST 121, HST 122)
  6. Provide evidence of current CPR and AED certification.

Once accepted to the MOT program, all students must provide the following:

  1. Submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $500 to the MOT Program to reserve a seat in the incoming class. Upon matriculation into the MOT Program, this fee will be applied to the fall session tuition;
  2. Evidence of current physical examination indicating good physical health, a TB skin test or chest X-ray and up--to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B Series);
  3. Applicants must have the capacity for performance of the technical standards and tasks required of an occupational therapist;
  4. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any additional security checks and annual drug screening required by clinical agencies. Students must submit drug screening test and criminal record check and receive response that the student has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as an Registered Occupational Therapist.*
    *Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the MOT Program Admissions Committee. This may result in dismissal from the MOT Program;
  5. Students will be responsible for the cost of professional memberships, as well as any other cost associated with their program of study (including but not limited to: liability insurance, health insurance, program uniform, student practice kit, travel related to fieldwork placement, etc.). Students will receive details on these costs as part of the application process.
  6. The American Occupational Therapy Association has an Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards to which all MOT students will adhere; students will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals;
  7. Matriculated students must enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program with their class.

MOT Transfer of Credit Policy

On a case-by-case basis, the MOT Admissions Committee may accept graduate credit earned at a regionally accredited entry-level master of occupational therapy program. Acceptance of transfer credits on a graduate degree program occurs through recommendation of the student's major advisor at the institution of program of study, the MOT Admissions Committee, and approval of the MSU Graduate College. Transfer hours may count for up to 30% of the Program of Study. Transfer credits must have been earned within five-years of the time of admission to the MOT program. Grades on transfer courses accepted in the degree program are included in the overall graduate grade point average.

A student requesting transfer credit is responsible for providing an official course syllabus from the school from which the student received the academic credit. The syllabus will be reviewed in terms of the 2011 OT Master’s Level Standards assigned to the MSU course. If the objectives are directly aligned with the MSU OT objectives for the course and the student earned a B or higher, transfer credit may be granted for an MSU MOT course.

MOT Experiential Learning/Work Experience Related Policy

Work experience will not be awarded credits required to graduate from the MOT program. The MOT admission committee and the program director will determine if previous work experience may be counted as the observation or volunteer hours needed for admission to the program.

MOT Advance Placement Policy

Advanced (accelerated) course placement in the MOT Program is not offered. This does not refer to high school advanced placement (AP) credits, which may or may not be applied toward MOT Program prerequisites