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High School Senior OT Pathway

Freshman Admission to the Occupational Therapy Program:

A limited number of first-semester freshman students will be accepted for guaranteed admittance into the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. To be eligible for consideration as a freshman admit, students must:

  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3. 5 or better
  • An ACT score of 26 or better or an SAT score of 1200 or better
  • Be recommended based on an interview and/or timed essay.

If selected, these students will automatically begin the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy courses upon completion of prerequisite courses and application requirements (minus the on-campus writing sample) if they maintain a 3. 3 cumulative GPA. Students will be considered with the regular applicant pool if they do not maintain the required GPA.

Admission to the MSOT Program:

For all applicants, all MSOT program prerequisites and general education undergraduate courses must be completed prior to starting the MSOT program (Spring term). 

For all applicants to the entry-level MSOT program (except for Freshman Admits to the MSOT program), admission to the program is based on overall GPA in all college coursework, GPA in MSOT prerequisite courses (minimum 3. 0 GPA) and an online writing sample evaluated on the basis of content, use of conventions of standard written English (grammar and mechanics), organization of ideas, and overall style. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, applicants may undergo an evaluation of professional behavior, and/or be asked to complete an interview.

Students apply to the MSOT program during the Winter semester.  GPAs will be calculated based upon the grades in coursework that has already been completed. Students admitted to the program will be admitted on a provisional basis; students who demonstrate a drop in overall GPA to below 3.0 (based upon their final Winter semester grades) will be subject to review of Winter semester course grades and may have their admission status revoked.

Admission to SVSU is required but does not guarantee, acceptance into the MSOT program.


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 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 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
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist: $81,268 median salaries, according to the
  • Clinical Liason: $84,270 median salaries, according to the
  • TeleHealth Occupational Therapist: $44-69 per hour median salaries, according to the

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/

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


Technology Fee                                                          $3.85/


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



3+2 Program: University students without a bachelor’s degree
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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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