Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy invites all interested individuals with an undergraduate degree to apply for entry into the MOT program. Please review the information below regarding the Master of Occupational Therapy program application process. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend one of the scheduled information sessions; dates can be found on the Request Information page of the department website.
Please note: students matriculate in the MOT Program beginning with the Summer term each year. During the summer term, all students MUST take Gross Anatomy before the other professional courses start in the Fall term.
To apply to the MOT program, applicants must use the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). We no longer accept Saint Louis University paper or online applications. The OTCAS is a centralized service which enables prospective Occupational Therapy students to submit all application materials electronically. The application period begins in mid-July and runs through January 15th. All application materials, including final transcripts submitted to OTCAS, must be received by January 15th to be considered eligible for admission.
IMPORTANT: It may take 2-4 weeks for OTCAS to verify your application. Unverified applications will not be reviewed. Please keep this in mind as you submit your application and allow plenty of time for verification.
For further information on the OTCAS system please click on the following link to the official page:
Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)
To apply you will need to provide documentation through OTCAS for all of the following items:
- Transcripts for the nine (9) Prerequisite Courses listed below. You must have earned a Cumulative 3.2 GPA for the Prerequisite Courses (grades below a "C" will not be accepted). Science courses should be taken at a four-year university and ALL 9 Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Transcripts must be submitted to the OTCAS system and will not be accepted by the department. ALL required coursework must be completed by the application deadline of January 15th each year. (However, an applicant may still be completing other course requirements toward an undergraduate degree after that date, but the BA/BS degree must be completed successfully prior to full admittance and commencing the MOT Program.)
- GRE Scores - this must have been taken within the last 5 years
- Personal Potential Inventory (PPI) Scores. All applicants will submit the names of three (3) references to the web-based Personal Potential Index electronic reference system. Please click here for information on the PPI system. You may request up to three references via the PPI system at no charge, as long as you have taken the GRE.
- Information about your Extracurricular Activities, Honors, Work Experience and Licenses
- 2 professional letters of reference. These letters should be from educational, employment, or volunteer related references.
- A Personal Essay
- Up to 500 words. Please include a discussion of your experiences in the field and reasons why you want to pursue a degree in occupational therapy. This essay will be uploaded into your OTCAS application under "General Essay."
THE NINE PREREQUISITE COURSES ARE:
- Biology with lab - 4 credit hours (the science courses should be taken at a four-year university)
- Chemistry with lab - 4 credit hours
- Basic Anatomy (lab optional) - 3 credit hours (Applicants who took Anatomy and Physiology I will receive Anatomy credit)
- Physiology (lab optional) - 3 credit hours (Exercise Physiology will count for this requirement and applicants who took Anatomy and Physiology II will receive Physiology credit)
- Physics (lab optional) - 3 credit hours
- Lifespan Human Development or Developmental Psychology - 3 credit hours
- Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology - 3 credit hours
- Research Methods or Statistics - 3-4 credit hours
- Medical Terminology - 2 credit hours
- Mid-July: Application period begins. All materials MUST be submitted to OTCAS by January 15th.
- January 15th: All application materials are due. Late applications will not be accepted
- February 1st: Preliminary decisions will be made regarding the interview process. Applicants will receive a status update via e-mail.
- February 15th (week of): Applicant interviews will take place
- March 1st: Final Admission decisions will be made and communicated to applicants.
- Late May: Gross Anatomy course begins on the Saint Louis University campus.