Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Admission Requirements

Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Cumulative prerequisite course grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; grades below a “C” are not acceptable in prerequisite courses
  3. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  4. On-campus writing sample and interview
  5. Completed application for admission, including:
    • Official transcripts from all college and universities attended
    • Complete the MOT Shadowing & Prerequisites Form to show a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer/work experience in an occupational therapy setting at two different sites (20 hours total) is required.
    • Three references: one college professor, one from an occupational therapy practitioner involved in the volunteer/work experience, and one from the supervisor or staff of a volunteer or work experience. Please be sure that your recommender fills out the back of the recommender form or attaches a letter to the Letter of Recommendation Form.
    • Nonrefundable application fee of $45 (Online applications are FREE)
    • International applicants must have achieved a TOEFL score of AT LEAST 100 iBT score and IELTS result of 7.0 to be considered for admission. Our International Website has a complete list of supplemental requirements for international applicants.
  6. Required prerequisite courses. You may apply before completing your prerequisite courses; however, they must be completed satisfactorily before you may enroll in the program. Applicants must now have 3 of the 5 prerequisite courses completed prior to application. And, at least one of those courses must be human anatomy with lab or physiology, animal or human with lab.
  7. GRE score

Prerequisites:

  1. Human Anatomy with lab (one term). If taking anatomy with physiology, both Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II are necessary to fulfill this requirement.
  2. Physiology, animal or human with lab (one term). If taking physiology with anatomy, both Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II are necessary to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Abnormal Psychology (one term). General or developmental psychology is not acceptable.
  4. Lifespan Development (one term). A combination of developmental psychology courses that cover the life span from birth to death is also acceptable.
  5. Statistics or research methods (one term).

Recommended, Not Required:

  1. Neuroscience (one term).

Practice as a professional requires proficiency in oral and written communication. Students will be expected to demonstrate these proficiencies at the time of the on-campus interview.

Please note that prerequisite courses must be completed within the past 10 years.

 

Application Deadlines for Fall 2014 Enrollment

Applicants can apply for free using the Chatham University application for graduate studies or apply using OTCAS at https://portal.otcas.org.

Early Decision Deadline

Applicants for early decision deadline must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, 3 of the 5 prerequisites must be completed, and at least one of those courses must be human anatomy with lab or physiology, animal or human with lab. They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their prerequisite coursework at the time of their application.

Early Decision Timeline:

Please review the following application requirements for recommendation letter guidelines. If using OTCAS, complete the reference request forms included within the application. If using the Chatham University application for graduate studies, all recommendations must come directly from the recommender in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature over the seal. Transcripts are required from each institution attended, regardless of whether the coursework appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be official and sent directly from the institution's registrar to Chatham University. If applying using OTCAS, transcripts must be sent directly to OTCAS. For any questions regarding the submission of your application or admission requirements, please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Admission at gradadmission@chatham.edu or 412-365-1825/800-837-1290.

Regular Decision Deadline

Applicants for regular decision deadline must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 3 of the 5 prerequisites must be completed no later that January 1, 2014, and at least one of those courses must be human anatomy with lab or physiology, animal or human with lab. They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their prerequisite coursework at the time of their application.

Regular Decision Timeline

Please review the following application requirements for recommendation letter guidelines. If using OTCAS, complete the reference request forms included within the application. If using the Chatham University application for graduate studies, all recommendations must come directly from the recommender in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature over the seal. Transcripts are required from each institution attended, regardless of whether the coursework appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be official and sent directly from the institution's registrar to Chatham University. If applying using OTCAS, transcripts must be sent directly to OTCAS. For any questions regarding the submission of your application or admission requirements, please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Admission at gradadmission@chatham.edu or 412-365-1825/800-837-1290.