MSOT pathways


MSOT (earned bachelors degree)

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to admission to the program.
  2. Achievement of a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale) for all prior course work (based on all college-level work computed both at SVSU and at other schools and colleges).
  3. 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.
  4. Completion of all prerequisite undergraduate courses at an accredited college or university, with a grade minimum of 2.0 for each course.
    These courses include:

a.Anatomy and Physiology
b.Introductory Psychology
c.Medical Terminology

    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:

    1. Have a minimum high school GPA of 3. 5 or better
    2. An ACT score of 26 or better or an SAT score of 1200 or better
    3. 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.

    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 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.

    Requirements for Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate OTR to MSOT

    1. An earned undergraduate degree in occupational therapy.
    2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale). A student with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA may be admitted on probationary status by the Admissions Committee of the Occupational Therapy Department. A probationary student may be considered for full admission when he/she has completed 9 hours of SVSU credit at the graduate level with a grade of “B” (3.00) or higher in each of the courses.
    3. Successful completion with a grade of “C” (2.00) or better for a course in statistical or research methods, its equivalent or a validation examination.
    4. Current registration, licensure, or eligible for initial certification by the NBCOT as an occupational therapist in the United States, or eligible for Michigan registration.
    5. A completed application for graduate admissions to include the $25 non-refundable application fee.