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3+2 Program (Undergraduates who do not already have a bachelor's degree)

MSOT Admission Requirements

If you are not a current SVSU student and are interested in transferring to SVSU to apply to the MSOT program it is necessary to schedule an appointment with a faculty member in the Occupational Therapy department prior to submitting an application to the entry-level MSOT program. 

Our 2020 application will be open on December 20, 2019 - January 24, 2020 


Requirements for Admission into the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Program

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is a competitive admissions program that will accept students to begin MSOT coursework each Spring term. 


Students who do not already have a bachelor’s degree (3+2 Program):

In order to apply to the 3+2 MSOT program, students must meet the following minimal standards:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 83 credits prior to admission to the program.
  2. Achievement of a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale) for all preprofessional course work (based on all college-level work computed both at SVSU and at other schools and colleges).
  3.  Completion of all prerequisite pre-occupational therapy undergraduate courses with a grade minimum of 2.0 for each course (see undergraduate description of the Pre-OT program).
  4.  Completion of 30 hours of verifiable work and/or volunteer experience with people experiencing decreased participation in daily activities due to illness, disability, or decreased access to basic resources and opportunities.  ill, handicapped or disadvantaged people.
  5. Completion of an approved background check and 10-panel drug screen. Results to be submitted with the application packet.
  6. Submission of a completed application packet.

International students must also provide international admission documents including but not limited to their passport, proof of language proficiency, evidence of financial support and foreign transcripts.


Transfer Students

Transfer students’ needs are considered on an individual basis by the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Transfer Credit and/or Credit by Examination Policies

The transfer student from another program in occupational therapy may be allowed to transfer up to 15 occupational therapy credits following a review process and approval by the faculty. Students transferring into the occupational therapy program with 15 hours of course work must demonstrate a GPA of 2.60 or better during the first semester in the occupational therapy degree program. Transfer students who do not meet the GPA conditions as indicated will be placed on probation for the next semester. In the event the 2.60 GPA is not achieved by the end of the probation semester, the student will not be permitted to enroll in further occupational therapy courses.



The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accreditation logo

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

 Graduate Data 

The total number of graduates from the Saginaw Valley State University entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program during the three-year period of 2013-2015 was 148, with an overall graduation rate* of 94.7%:


Students Entering/Graduating

Graduation Rate


51/(N/A)  *


 59/56  *


 62/61  *

























Note:  “Graduation Rate” refers to the total number of students who graduated within 150% of the published length of the program, divided by the number of students on the roster who started the program.

* ”Graduation Rate” cannot yet be calculated for this cohort.


Results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination

Pass rates are reported for all schools on-line on a state by state basis. Saginaw Valley State University's 2018 NBCOT board examination pass rate is now available online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. The new graduate pass rate for Saginaw Valley State University's entry-level occupational therapy master's program is as follows, with an overall pass rate of 100% for 2016-2018.

% of program graduates who passed NBCOT exam within one year of graduation
2018 100%
 2017 100%
 2016 100%
 2015 100%
 2014 98%
 2013 100%



Current Cost Period 

MSOT Program

2019 Spring Semester

MSOT Program

2019 Fall Semester

MSOT Program

2019 Winter Semester

MSOT Program

2019-20 Academic Year

Total Cost of Program

(2.5-year program


Tuition  $3,737.40 $7,474.80 $7,474.80 $18,687.00 $44,542.34
Student Fee $14.60 $0 $62.00 $76.60 $170.42
Books and Supplies $353.00 $353.00 $353.00 $1,059.00 $2,149.77
Loan Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Distance Ed Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $4,104.46 $7,827.80 $7,889.80 $19,822.60 $46,862.53

Illustration based on a 3% increase annually, however fees are subject to change

SVSU's Master of Occupational Therapy offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program. With an MSOT degree, you can land a job like:

  • Occupational Therapists: 18% job growth and $84,270 median salaries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Clinical Educator: $91,716 according to the Glassdoor.com
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist: $81,268 median salaries, according to the Glassdoor.com
  • Clinical Liason: $84,270 median salaries, according to the Glassdoor.com
  • TeleHealth Occupational Therapist: $44-69 per hour median salaries, according to the Glassdoor.com

Michigan Resident 

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Non-Michigan Resident

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Mandatory Fees

General Service Fee (b)                                            $10.75/cr.hr.

(b) Parking Fee $1.70/cr.hr.
  Student Association Fee $0.60/cr.hr.
  Program Board Fee $0.25/cr.hr.
  Publication Fee- Valley Vanguard $0.17/cr.hr.
  Facility Debt Service Fee $7.70/cr.hr.
  Health Services $0.33/cr.hr.


Technology Fee                                                          $3.85/cr.hr.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

David A. Roy Memorial Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be enrolled full-time, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, be residents of Bay, Midland, or Saginaw Counties, and major in Education, Accounting, General Business, Management, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, or Occupational Therapy.

Award: $550

Jerry A. and Marcena C. Woodcock Endowed Scholarship Fund

To be eligible, full-time students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate leadership and character. Preference will be given to Health Care, Education, Commerce or Engineering majors.

Award: $1000

Frederick Douglas and Natalia Ruth Horak Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Qualified applicants will be residents of Bay, Midland or Saginaw counties pursuing degrees full-time in pre-medicine, nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, or sociology. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service and possess a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.

Award: $1,160

Apply to SVSU Private Scholarships through, Private Scholarships



Early Admit: High school senior OT path
MSOT: University graduate with earned bachelor's degree

Alumni Spotlights


Scott Staszak

"The best part about the MSOT Program at SVSU was the ability to generalize what was taught into my everyday practice as a clinician. The professors in the MSOT program took a genuine interest in my professional aspirations and gave insight and knowledge into how to best achieve my goals."

Shelby King

Joseph Piselli

"My favorite aspect of the MSOT program at SVSU was the availability of the professors and their genuine care for the students they teach. Their patience and eagerness to help us succeed propelled me forward and built up my confidence. The professors also provided relevant projects that instilled important values that have shaped the way I care for patients and staff members now. When I graduated I felt very prepared to enter the professional workplace because of their attentiveness and practical teaching."


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