Freshman OT Applicants
M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

Freshman Entry Sequence

A maximum of 25 students who have indicated that they are interested in occupational therapy may be considered for fall semester admission freshman entry into the Health Studies OT program if they meet the following academic criteria:

  • High School Grade Point Average of 85.0 or higher
  • HS Rank in the top 25 percentile
  • SAT score of 1150 or above (or ACT equivalent)
  • Solid academic and personal profile
  • Sound ability in science and math, completing at least:
    • One year of biology;
    • One year of another science, e.g., chemistry or physics
    • Three years of math
During the freshman year, in consultation with their academic adviser, students must select either the typical 4+2 sequence or the accelerated 3+2 sequence into the master's program. The typical 4+2 Health Studies with continuation to graduate occupational therapy sequence affords students the opportunity for greater engagement in undergraduate activities, such as athletics, student government, and/or study-abroad. If students are approved for the accelerated sequence, upon completion of prerequisite coursework and entrance criteria, students enter the occupational therapy graduate phase of the program in August of the senior year (3+2).

Academic Standards

Students who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward degree, including meeting designated benchmark grade point averages will lose their guaranteed seat in the graduate phase of the program. These individuals will be reassigned as Health Studies majors in order to facilitate the timely completion of a bachelor's degree. They may apply to the graduate program through the standard graduate application process.

Take the Next Step:


John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

(315) 792-3010
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502