Occupational Therapy Apply to the Program
We offer Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degrees for students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than occupational therapy.
To enter the M.S. or M.O.T. program you must have a baccalaureate degree. If you choose to pursue undergraduate study at CSU you can apply through the Colorado State University Admissions Office.
Occupational Therapy Application Instructions
Application Requirements - Fall 2019
Application Deadline Date – Applications that do not include all four items listed below by the January 4, 2019 application deadline date are incomplete and will not be considered for admission.
Please note: Because of the different time zones, the OTCAS and CSU Graduate School submission deadlines are two hours earlier than the submission deadline for the OT Departmental application materials.
Item #1: OT Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application
Apply by Friday, January 4, 2019, at 11:59 EST
Item #2: OT Departmental application materials
Apply by Friday, January 4, 2019, at 11:59 MST
OT Departmental application materials include the following:
CSU OT Master’s Admissions Essay
- Applicants will respond to one essay prompt and upload the essay within this OT Departmental materials website. Directions for the essay response will be specified, including font size and word count.
Prerequisite information and course syllabi/course descriptions:
- Prerequisite courses: Include course title, institution, semester/quarter and year for all courses. Grade received in course is required if course has been completed.
- Course descriptions or website URLs for Brain and Behavior and Anatomy and Physiology. Please note:
- Course descriptions/syllabi for Colorado State University courses are not required.
- The following course titles meet our Brain and Behavior requirement; therefore, course descriptions/syllabi are not required for the following: Brain and Behavior, Neuroanatomy, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology, Neurobiology, Physiological Psychology, Biological Basis of Behavior and Biological Psychology.
Item #3: CSU Graduate School online application
Apply by Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:59 EST
- Self-report unofficial GRE scores in the CSU Graduate School online application
- Statement of Purpose: Upload the same personal statement submitted to OTCAS.
Item #4: GRE (all three sections of General Exam)
Submit by Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:59 EST
- All three sections of GRE scores self-reported on the CSU Graduate School application and
- Official scores requested to be sent to Colorado State University (#4075)
For International Students Only
In addition to the materials listed above, the score from the TOEFL must be submitted to Colorado State University:
• Self-report unofficial TOEFL score on the CSU Graduate School application
• Request official TOEFL score report to be sent directly to CSU (#4075)
Applications are reviewed after January 4, 2019. Admission is governed by the standards of the Graduate School and the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University.
After departmental review, selected applicants are recommended for admission to the CSU Graduate School. Final approval and admission by the CSU Graduate School requires verification that the undergraduate degree meets accreditation standards accepted by CSU. Final admission is contingent upon CSU Graduate School final approval, successful completion of prerequisites and undergraduate degree completion prior to the beginning of fall semester classes in August.
All applicants are notified in mid-March. All applicants are notified including applicants who are not admitted.
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Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA): All applicants must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for enrollment per the rules established by the Graduate School at Colorado State University.
- Feasible plan to complete undergraduate degree: For applicants currently completing their first undergraduate degree, satisfactory completion of that degree must occur prior to fall admission into the master’s program.
- Feasible plan to complete all prerequisites: For applicants currently taking prerequisite courses, satisfactory completion must occur prior to beginning fall semester classes in the master’s program. The minimum accepted grade for any prerequisite is a C; however, grades of A and B are recommended.
- GRE: All applicants are required to take all three sections of the GRE General Test. No minimum score is required. Applicants must request their official score be sent to CSU (#4075) from the GRE Testing Service and must report their scores in the CSU Graduate School application by the application deadline. Although the official scores are not required by the application deadline, the official scores must be received by CSU shortly after the deadline and will be used to verify unofficial information reported in the CSU Graduate School application.
- International Students: In addition to the previous qualifications, non-native English speakers must demonstrate
International applicants must request their official TOEFL or IELTS score be sent to CSU (#4075) from the Testing Service and must report their score in the CSU Graduate School application by the application deadline. Although the official score is not required by the application deadline, the official score must be received by CSU shortly after the deadline and will be used to verify unofficial information reported in the CSU Graduate School application.
Official transcripts for completed semesters from all institutions are required.
Submission of transcripts:
- Request official transcripts to be sent only to OTCAS
- Do not request official transcripts to be sent to Colorado State University
- Do not request official transcripts to be sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy
Transcripts for college-level courses from US and Canadian institutions:
- Transcripts are required from every institution you have attended even if courses are listed on another transcript of an institution to which you have transferred.
- Transcripts are required from every institution you have attended even if courses do not apply to prerequisite requirements.
- College transcripts are required for all college level courses taken while in high school. The transcript of the credit-granting institution is required.
Transcripts for study abroad US institution coursework:
- If study abroad courses were sponsored by the institution in the US and the courses with credits and grades are listed on the US transcript, transcripts from the international institution are not required.
- If courses with credits and grades do not appear on the US transcript, unofficial transcripts are required from the international institution. These unofficial transcripts can be sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University.
Transcripts for degrees received at international (non-U.S. and non-Canadian) institutions:
- Course-by-course equivalency report from an international transcript evaluation service must be received by the department by application deadline date.
- Official international transcripts are not required to be sent to the department.
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Prerequisite Courses and Descriptions
Prerequisite Course Equivalencies
M.O.T. and M.S. Options
We offer Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degrees. Both degrees are offered only as full-time programs.
All applicants apply to the M.O.T. program. In the first semester of the program, students learn about research opportunities to complete the M.S. option. If interested in this option, students apply and if accepted to complete a thesis project, paperwork is completed through the Graduate School to officially switch from M.O.T. to M.S.
While both degree options are practice-oriented and prepare students to apply research evidence to support best practice, they have different capstone requirements for graduation as described below.
- M.S. Degree: To meet the Graduate School’s capstone requirements for graduation, M.S. students complete an independent research thesis through a carefully mentored research process (Graduate School Plan A). The M.S. degree is thus recommended for students who want to become directly involved in research while earning their degrees and who may imagine completing a Ph.D. in the future and future roles as researchers and educators. Interested applicants are encouraged to learn about the programs of research conducted by faculty in the department in order to match their research interests with those of possible mentors. Applicants also are welcome to contact individual faculty members to explore mentoring and thesis possibilities prior to their admission into the program.
- M.O.T. Degree: To meet the Graduate School’s capstone requirements for graduation, M.O.T. students complete a capstone project in their final semester of study (Graduate School Plan C). This capstone project is designed to help students integrate learning across all of their courses and fieldwork experiences and to advance their expertise related to a specialty focus area. The M.O.T. degree is thus recommended for students who, while committed to evidence-based practice, do not envision conducting research as a central activity either while studying to become occupational therapists or in their future careers.
Specialization: As required by national accreditation standards, the Occupational Therapy program prepares students as generalists. While the program does not offer certifications in specialty areas of practice, students may begin to develop a specialty focus through their choice of an elective and completion of their capstone requirements (M.O.T. degree) or thesis research (M.S. degree).
Items Required for a Complete Application
All 4 items (5 items for international applicants) are due on Friday, January 4, 2019
All 4 items (5 items for international applicants) are due on Friday, January 4, 2019
Please note that because of the different time zones, the OTCAS and CSU Graduate School submission deadlines are two hours earlier than the submission deadline for the OT Departmental application materials.
What essays are required?
- Personal statement submitted in OTCAS application: Follow prompt in OTCAS application.
- Essay in CSU Graduate School Application: Upload the same personal statement submitted to OTCAS.
- CSU OT Master’s Admissions essay submitted to the Occupational Therapy Department: Follow prompt provided in the OT Departmental application materials link.
What fees are required?
- OTCAS application fee (submitted to OTCAS)
- CSU Graduate School application fee (submitted to CSU)
Admissions Review Process
The CSU Department of Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee is charged with the task of selecting applicants who represent themselves as a good fit with the profession by communicating their understanding of and commitment to optimizing human performance and occupational participation. Our applicants are considered and ranked on the basis of the following seven factors:
- Cumulative GPA (20%)
- For applicants who are currently completing their first bachelor’s degree, the GPA will be calculated on all courses completed for college credit, from transcripts of all institutions attended, up to the time of the application.
- For applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree, the GPA will be calculated on all courses completed for college credit, from transcripts of all institutions attended, leading up to the undergraduate degree.
- For applicants who have completed a second bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree, the GPA will be calculated on the most recent and highest completed degree.
- GPA in prerequisite courses (25%)
- Number of credits completed in prerequisite courses (15%)
- Analytical Writing (10%)
- Quantitative (5%)
- Verbal (5%)
- CSU OT Master’s Admissions Essay (20%)
The review process consists of calculating an admissions score for each applicant based on the seven factors identified above and then ranking applicants based on their admissions scores. Applicants’ references and personal statements submitted through OTCAS may be considered when making final decisions pertaining to scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships.
Frequently Asked Questions
Request transcripts to be sent only to OTCAS. Do not request official transcripts to be sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy or Colorado State University.
Transcripts on CSU Graduate School application checklist
The checklist on the CSU Graduate School application will not reflect official transcripts sent to OTCAS. If your CSU Graduate School application checklist indicates that all items have been received except for the official transcripts, your CSU Graduate School application is complete. In addition to the CSU Graduate School application, see above for a list of items required for a complete application.
Letters of Recommendations
Request letters of recommendation to be sent only to OTCAS. Do not request letters of recommendation to be sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy or Colorado State University.