Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

Admission Policies & Financial Information

Updated Fall 2013

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the M.S.O.T. program are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate degree with overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  2. Official transcripts from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school.
  3. Volunteer experience in a variety of occupational therapy clinical settings with a minimum of 40 documented hours or a disability related work/volunteer experience with the proper documentation
  4. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and official GRE scores must be submitted to Milligan College.  A strong verbal and quantitative score is recommended.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79; or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5; or ELS Master’s Level Proficiency (successful completion of ELS Level 112) (international students).
  6. Two completed reference forms from persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s Christian commitment, character, and professional qualities of potential for success as a graduate student
  7. A completed baccalaureate degree that includes the following prerequisite courses:
    1. Math and Science (9 - 12 hrs; 8 hrs of which must be combined anatomy and physiology courses)
    2. Social Science ( 9 hrs; 3 hrs of which must be an introductory psychology course; 3 hrs of which must be either an introductory sociology course or an introductory anthropology course; 3 hrs of which must be a human development course or developmental psychology course)
    3. Communication (Written and Verbal) (6 hrs)
    4. Medical Terminology (1 - 3 hrs)
    5. Computer Literacy (3 hrs) (can be fulfilled through documented computer competency)

(Substitution or waiver of requirement for any of the above prerequisite courses may be granted by the occupational therapy program admissions committee on an individual basis.)

All application pieces should be submitted to OTCAS through the website Applicants are responsible for all fees.  For questions about OT CAS, applicants can call 617-612-2860 or e-mail Prospective students meeting the admission criteria will be invited to an interview day in the spring. Final selection of students will be made by the MSOT admissions committee.

Milligan College undergraduate students applying for early acceptance will need to fill out a hard copy application available in the MSOT office. The Early Acceptance Program (EAP) applications should be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Provisional Standing

Admission is competitive and is made on an individual basis by the MSOT admissions committee and is based, in part, on the student’s potential for success in the program.

Provisional status is designated for a maximum of two semesters. Students who do not meet the objectives set forth in their provisional standing will be placed on probationary status and given one semester for resolution of the provisional objectives.

Students who have been provisionally admitted due to low GPA (GPA below 3.0) must achieve a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA during the first two semesters in the program. Provisional students who achieve this level of performance will be awarded full standing in the program.

Students who have been provisionally admitted due to course deficiency must successfully complete (3.0 or better grade for each course) those courses by the end of the second semester of the program. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all prerequisite course work prior to starting the academic program. Admittance to the program due to incomplete prerequisite courses is not guaranteed and is considered to be an exception to accepted program policy.

Academic Probation and Retention Standards

Retention in the occupational therapy program is based on a combination of academic performance and adherence to the program’s Technical Standards for Admission and Retention and/or the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics for Students (see Occupational Therapy Student Manual for a detailed overview of the Technical Standards and statement of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics for students). Specific standards include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0) to graduate from the occupational therapy program.
  2. The student must earn a grade of at least “C” in non-core courses within the program.
  3. The student must earn a grade of at least “B” in all core (theory and practice courses) courses.
  4. Failure to comply with the above standards will necessitate program faculty action that includes, but is not limited to: repetition of specific courses, fulfillment of additional requirements, academic probation, and/or dismissal from the program.

No refunds or adjustments to tuition and fee charges are granted to persons dismissed from the program for reasons related to academic performance or integrity.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is generally not permitted because of the program accreditation requirements. Special circumstances may warrant permission of transfer credit. The program faculty council and admissions committee will make determination of transfer credit.

Tuition and Fees

Application fee (non-refundable) $30
Tuition per semester hour $670
Lifetime academic records fee
(added to charges for first semester)
Technology access fee (per semester) $225

For information regarding financial aid, please refer to the financial aid section of the catalog.