Occupational Therapy Apply to the Program
We understand the stress and uncertainty with recent changes to curricula, grades, and cancellation of GRE test dates have caused. We will continue to monitor the situation, consider guidance about COVID-19 from appropriate agencies, and make updates to our website. We encourage you to include aspects of your experience in your application essay response. Please note the following information related to COVID-19 in our application instructions.
Our M.S./M.O.T. Professional Master’s program is a graduate training program geared for students who have undergraduate degrees in a discipline other than occupational therapy.
Occupational Therapy Application Instructions
COVID-19: Applying for Fall 2021
This class is scheduled to begin August 2021 and graduate summer 2023. Any COVID-19 related changes to the course of study will be shared here as they are available.
Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory and Pass/ Fail Coursework – Courses marked Satisfactory or Pass will be allowed for all coursework taken during 2020 (spring, summer, and fall semesters), including prerequisites. Applicants will identify prerequisite courses marked Satisfactory or Pass on the CSU OT Departmental Application. These will be reviewed to ensure that courses otherwise meet CSU prerequisite standards. Applicants are reminded that admission to the program remains competitive and considers GPA. Applicants are encouraged to weigh the benefits and risks of taking Satisfactory or Pass marks instead of letter grades. The impact will be different for each individual applicant.
GRE – We will accept applications from individuals who have been unable to take the GRE due to cancellation of test dates and/or inability to do the Home option. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of application. However, we do recommend that applicants consider the GRE General Test at Home option and submit official GRE scores before the application deadline of Jan. 4, 2021.
Observation Hours – Although we want applicants to have some work/volunteer experience with people with disabilities or observation hours with an occupational therapist, we do not require applicants to document this information in the application. These hours are not a part of the application review process.
Application Requirements: Fall 2021
Application Deadline Date – Applications that do not include all four items listed below by the Jan. 4, 2021 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 Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Item #2: OT Departmental application materials
Apply by Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 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 Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 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 Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 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 Jan. 4, 2021. 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 your undergraduate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy: 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 four items (Five items for international applicants) are due on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021
- OTCAS: Fall 2021 application will be available July 16, 2020
- CSU Graduate School application: Fall 2021 application will be available in late August.
- OT Departmental application materials: Information will be available after Sept. 1, 2020.
- GRE scores: All three sections of the general exam
- International applicants: TOEFL score
All four items (Five items for international applicants) are due on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021
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
- 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
- Number of credits completed in prerequisite courses
- Analytical Writing
- CSU OT Master’s Admissions Essay
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
COVID-19: We understand the stress and uncertainty that recent changes to curricula, grades, and cancellation of GRE test dates have caused. We encourage you to review the information on this page under COVID-19: Applying for Fall 2021.
Interviews: We do not have interviews.
GRE: Request official scores to be sent to Colorado State University (#4075). Also, self-report scores on the CSU Graduate School application.
Prerequisite Courses: All prerequisites do not need to be completed by the time of application; however, applicants who are admitted to our program must have all prerequisites completed before the graduate program begins in later August.
Transcripts: 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.
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.
Notifications: Applications are reviewed after Jan. 4, 2021. All applicants are notified in mid-March.
OTCAS verification: OTCAS application does not need to be verified by Jan 4, 2021; however, application and fee must be submitted by deadline. See above for other required application materials.