Graduate OT Applicants
M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

Graduate Level Entry Sequence

Graduate Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the Occupational Therapy graduate program must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution;
  • Successful completion of eleven prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C. These courses include:

    • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab or equivalent
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab or equivalent
    • An applied anatomy (Gross anatomy, Neuroanatomy, or equivalent)
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • A course in Sociology or Anthropology
    • General or Introductory Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Lifespan Psychology/Human Development/Developmental Psychology (must cover birth through adult)
    • Medical Conditions and Implications/Pathophysiology or equivalent
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods (psychology or sociology-based)
  • Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing occupational therapist and one from an academic professor);
  • Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience. Applicants should complete 25 hours of volunteer/observation experience with an occupational therapy practitioner in at least two different practice settings and provide letters of support indicating a total of 25 hours of volunteer work experience in both practice settings. These need to be completed within the OTCAS application (see instructions in the OTCAS application). Do NOT send letters of support to graduate admissions;
  • During the application process all official transcripts need to be sent to the OTCAS Application Center listed in the application directions. Do NOT send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions;
  • If you are accepted to the program as a college senior and choose to attend, the Office of Graduate Admissions will require an official transcript indicating that you completed your undergraduate degree.

Once you have made a deposit to hold your place in class:

  • Send your physical health examination and completion of designated health requirements to the Health Center, Strebel Student Center, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica College, Utica, NY 13502, Fax: 315-792-3700
  • Send a copy of your Basic Life Support card and proof of health to the Office of Health Professions and Education, 230 White Hall, Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, NY 13502, Fax: 315-792-3248

Note: Students who attended institutions outside of the US and Canada may need to have their transcripts evaluated by an accrediting agency such as WES. ( )

For more information, contact the Occupational Therapy Office, 236 White Hall, (315) 792-3146 or the Office of Graduate Admissions at (315) 792- 3010; Email If you would like a transcript evaluation for prerequisites, email them to 

Note for Canadian Students: If you choose to do clinicals in Canada, there is an additional fee charged by National Field Placement Services for students who attend programs in the US. You will be responsible for paying this fee as it is not part of your tuition.


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John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

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