Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Admission Requirements

The Application Deadline is November 1

The application will be considered on time if it is e-submitted to OTCAS by November 1. Please be advised that OTCAS involves a long processing time. It is in your best interest to submit all materials as early as possible, but we highly recommend e-submitting on or before October 15th.

Applying to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program

Chatham University’s MOT program is a member of the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). All applications must be submitted through OTCAS with all relevant materials (transcripts, recommendations, shadowing information) at


  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or completion of undergraduate requirements for the Integrated Degree Program (IDP)
  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 as calculated by OTCAS
  4. Successful on-campus interview and writing sample. 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. Admission interviews for the fall 2018 entering class will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017:
    • Interviews are by invitation only.
    • The complete, verified application must be available to us for review in time to be considered for our required on-campus interviews.
  5. Complete, verified OTCAS application for admission, including:
    • Official transcripts from all college and universities attended must be submitted directly to OTCAS
    • MOT Shadowing showing a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer/work experience in an occupational therapy setting at two different sites (20 hours total) is required. This information must be included on the OTCAS application
    • 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. These letters must be submitted through OTCAS
  6. Required prerequisite courses. Applicants must 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 or anatomy & physiology I with lab.
  7. GRE scores are required and must be submitted directly to Chatham University via code 2081. OTCAS cannot accept GRE scores.


  1. Human Anatomy with lab (one term). If taking anatomy with physiology, both Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 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 with lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 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).

Please note that prerequisite courses must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to the anticipated start date of the MOT program.

Admission Review Process

After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the Occupational Therapy program reviews each candidate's entire application and invites the most talented and qualified students to interview before program faculty and alumni. As part of the admission review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to offer of admission.

Fall 2016 Accepted Student Profile

Number of Applicants:492
Number Enrolled:40
Average Overall GPA: 3.64
Average Prerequisite GPA:3.74
Average Combined GRE:298
Average Writing GRE:3.93
Average Age: 23
Out-of-State Residents:40%

International Applicants

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students whose native language is not English
  • 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.
  • International applicants must complete the Graduate Student Application Supplement and provide all requested documentation
  • A course by course evaluation of foreign coursework must be submitted to OTCAS
  • Additional requirements for international students can be found at


Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed their degree in the US or Canada will be required to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores, regardless of their citizenship status. The minimum scores required:

  • TOEFL score of AT LEAST 100 iBT score and IELTS result of 7.0 to be considered for admission.

Integrated Degree Programs

Chatham University undergraduates and students from schools with Articulated accelerated graduate degree agreements with the University may apply for the Integrated Degree Program. Applicants to this program must meet with their academic advisor to determine eligibility for the program. Students applying to the Integrated Degree Program must also submit the Integrated Degree Program Application Supplement form to the Office of Graduate Admissions no later than October 15th. An academic advisor signature is required. The form may be found at

Articulation Agreements

Chatham University has entered into "Articulation Agreements" with a select group of Colleges and Universities. These agreements provide for additional student pre-professional advisement and possible priority admission status for candidates with exceptional applications, demonstrating academic preparation above the minimal acceptable standards. Agreements exist with the following institutions for the 2017-2018 academic year: Allegheny College, Baldwin Wallace University, Mount Aloysius College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Penn State Mont Alto, Washington and Jefferson College, and Waynesburg University. Applicants from these institutions are advised to discuss the articulation requirements with their advisor as well as the graduate admission counselor at Chatham University

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions, FAQs, for more information on our program.