MS in Occupational Therapy


Milligan's MSOT program is designed for students who have an earned bachelor's degree and who have completed the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the program. Baccalaureate degrees can be in a variety of academic areas, some of which include human performance and exercise science, human relations, development, sociology, biology and psychology.

Milligan's MSOT program starts one class a year each August. The application deadline is January 1. Admission is very competitive in the MSOT program; therefore, it is highly recommended to have
your completed application submitted to OTCAS by December 15
for verification.

Apply through OTCAS

We will start taking applications July, 2014.

The application deadline is January 1, 2015.

To apply, submit an online application through OTCAS, an Occupational Therapy centralized application service.

Early Acceptance Program for Milligan Undergraduates

Current Milligan undergraduate students may be eligible for the early acceptance program. You may start applying as early as your Junior year. Students who are interested need to contact the MSOT office at 423.975.8010 or to apply.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the MSOT program are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate degree with overall grade point average of 3.0.
  2. 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.
  3. Strong verbal and quantitative reasoning skills as reported on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  4. The TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 5.5. (international students only)
  5. Three completed reference forms through OTCAS from persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s Christian commitment, character, and professional qualities of potential for success as a graduate student.
  6. A completed baccalaureate degree that includes the following prerequisite courses

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.

Prospective students meeting the minimum admission criteria will be considered for an interview. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview. Final selection of students will be made by the admissions committee of the occupational therapy program.

Matriculation of a cohort of new students is contingent upon an adequate number of admitted applicants.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God's Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress. Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another. Click here to read more about expectations and responsibilities for the Milligan community.

International Students

*If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Admissions Office. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL, with a score of 550 or higher, within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.