University of Southern Indiana

Program Admission

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) applications will be available January 15-February 15 of application year (for Fall semester start date).

Weighting consists of 60% MSOT prerequisite GPA, 40% undergraduate degree GPA, and appraisal of recommendation letters.

To apply you must:

  • Have a plan to complete your bachelor's degree by May 20 of application year.
  • Have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 point system), calculated on the prerequisite courses and undergraduate degree. Prerequisite courses must have a grade of C or better, have been completed in the past 7 years, and be completed by May 20 of the application year:
    • BIOL 121: Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • BIOL 122: Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 261: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 322: Abnormal Psychology
    • HP 115: Medical Terminology
    • HP 225: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
    • EXSC 383: Kinesiology or
      EXSC 391: Kinesiology
    • HP 302: Biostatistics or

      PSY 353 (USI PSY majors PSY 303 prereq) or STAT 241 Principles of Statistics

  • Complete USI’s Application for Admission to Graduate Studies and deemed eligible by USI’s Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Have official transcripts from all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended sent to Graduate Studies by February 15.

  • Complete the USI OT Program Admission Application (available January 15-February 15).

  • Have two letters of recommendation:
    • One professional letter from a previous employer or from a practicing Occupational Therapist AND
    • One academic letter from a professor or advisor in the applicant’s undergraduate degree.
    • Letters MUST be in a sealed envelope signed by the reference on the seal.
    • Letters will only be accepted if sent from the applicant. Applicant should include with the recommendation letters your name, email address and USI student ID, ideally on a cover letter. Applicant should send letters of recommendation to:

      Occupational Therapy Program
      University of Southern Indiana
      Stone Family Center for Health Sciences
      515 Bob Jones Way
      Evansville, IN 47708
    • Letters must be postmarked by February 15 of the application year.

* OT applications will not be accepted unless you have been accepted OR awaiting acceptance to USI’s Office of Graduate Studies.

* Students are responsible for the coursework covered in the required MSOT Prerequisite courses. It is highly recommended that students keep their textbook from these classes for future references.

Pass/No Pass Information

For those students who will be applying to the USI Occupational Therapy program, a grade of “Passing” will NOT be accepted on any OT program prerequisite courses taken in Spring 2020.  Since a passing grade is considered a D at the university level, switching to a Pass/No pass grade option would not allow the Program to ensure that the student had earned a grade of C or above as stated in application requirements.

 Therefore, if a student chooses the Pass/No pass option for courses that are not already set to this grading system, the student will be required to retake the course(s) for a letter grade in order to meet the program prerequisite requirements for application. 

In short, it is recommended that you not choose the Pass/Fail option for the spring 2020 semester because doing so could delay your graduation from the Occupational Therapy program by approximately one year.

International Student Applicants
There are special application procedures for those who are not citizens of the United States or who have and their previous schooling outside of the United States. International student applicants interested in the MSOT program visit Graduate Studies for information on applying to the university.

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