School of Health Sciences

Health Sciences Department

Admissions Standards for the Master of Occupational Therapy

Applications will become available on August 1 the year prior to admission.
The deadline for applications will be January 15 prior to the Fall Semester that the applicant is seeking admission; In order to be considered for admission by the deadline, applicants must submit:

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  1. A complete application to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Admissions Service (OTCAS) with official transcripts submitted to OTCAS  and all fees paid by the January 15 application deadline;
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with scores sent directly to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University by the January 15 application deadline:

For an application to be considered complete students must meet the following minimum standards by the January 15 deadline:

  1. Completion of courses that are equivalent to at least 2 of our natural science  pre-requisite course requirements (Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroscience, Pathology) with a C or better grade for each course and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (documentation of proof of completion must be received by the January 15 deadline).  In addition, a minimum of the equivalent of 4 of the 8 required pre-requisite courses must be completed. The two required natural science courses can be counted to meet the 4 course minimum.  A reasonable plan to complete all 8 required pre-requisite courses before Fall semester of the year of admission to the MOT Program must be presented for students who have not completed all 8 required pre-requisite courses by the application deadline.
  2. Documentation of reasonable matriculation toward a bachelor’s degree that will be completed before Fall semester of the year of admission to the MOT Program
  3. 3.0 Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA reported by degree granting institution) or 50th percentile in all 3 areas of the GRE. The 3.0 GPA must be maintained until date of admission to the Program (or GRE test results at 50th percentile or above must be submitted) for the student to be fully accepted.
  4. A minimum total score of 300 combined quantitative and verbal (1080 for test scores before January 2012), and 3.5 in analytical writing on the GRE
  5. Students who are considered with English as a second language (ESL) must provide documentation of TOEFL, Michigan Test or other criteria that meets or exceeds the Graduate College minimum standard.

A maximum of 10 positions will be reserved for students who have completed the Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences Degree, and who have completed an Intent to Enroll Form (available from BSHS Program Advising). These students must  meet all the minimum admission standards for the MOT Program, complete the application to OTCAS, take the GRE, and request  the scores be sent to the MOT Program so all application materials are received by the January 15 deadline. of the year they are seeking admission to the Program.

Admissions decisions will be based on a competitive process. . The criteria used for admissions decisions will be:

  1. Undergraduate Grade Point Average.  (GPA reported by degree granting institution ).  GRE scores at 50th percentile or above in each area will be accepted as an alternative to the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement for applicants.
  2. Pre-requisite Courses Grade Point Average ( students must have a minimum of the equivalent of  2 CSU natural science pre-requisite courses and 4 of the 8 total required pre-requisites (the two natural science courses can count toward the required 4 course minimum) completed by the January 15 deadline)
  3. Score from the application essay (this is completed as part of the OTCAS application process)
  4. GRE analytical writing score
  5. Additional points will be awarded to students who have completed all admission requirements (completion of all 8 pre-requisite courses and a bachelor’s degree; all minimum admission standards are met) by the January 15 application deadline.