Applicants to the MS program in occupational therapy will, in addition to the standard graduate school application, be directed within the online process to complete forms specific to the program. The following information is provided to clarify those requirements:
PREREQUISITE COURSES: The applicant will be asked to enter the courses s/he has taken corresponding with the required prerequisites (see the "Prerequisites" page for details). The applicant must enter the date the course was or will be completed and the grade obtained. If the Occupation prerequisite was not taken for a grade, enter N/A. Seven of the eight prerequisites must have been taken within the last five calendar years (from the year of application) unless a waiver is granted by the admissions committee (see the "Prerequisites" page for more information on how to submit a waiver request). The Occupation prerequisite must have been taken with the last three years. For prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed, enter the anticipated date of completion in the online application. This information should be entered in the Prerequisite Courses section of the application.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Each applicant will be prompted to write an admissions essay (approx. 1.5 to 2 pages; 800 words) according to the guidelines provided on the application. The prompt for the Statement of Purpose can be found on the Graduate School website. Click on Graduate Degrees and Programs and select Occupational Therapy from the drop down menu. This document should be uploaded through the electronic application system in the Statement of Purpose section.
REFLECTIVE STATEMENT: The reflective statement gives prospective students an opportunity to reflect on their experiences in the Occupation prerequisite course. The prompt for the reflective statement can be found on the Graduate School website. Click on Graduate Degrees and Programs and select Occupational Therapy from the drop down list. This statement should be uploaded as Additional Document #1 in the Supplemental Documents section.
RESUME': Each applicant is requested to upload a 1-2 page personal resume highlighting academic, work, and volunteer achievements to date. (Each applicant will be required to upload a resume AND fill in the Work & Volunteer Experience section on the application.) This document should be uploaded in the Resume' section of the application.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Each applicant is required to provide the names and contact information for three (3) individuals who will provide letters of recommendation (in the Recommendations section of the application) For the MS program in occupational therapy, AT LEAST ONE OF THESE REFERENCES MUST BE AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONER (OT OR OTA). The other references can be past supervisors, teachers, or others who can comment on the applicant's professional characteristics. Please ensure you have a valid email address for each of your references. Each reference will receive an email generated by the application system with instructions explaining how and where to upload his/her letter of recommendation. You will be able to see if the letter has been uploaded by signing in to your application.
EXPERIENCE WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: Each applicant is expected to have gained exposure to the profession of occupational therapy through clinical observations, site visits, and conversations with practicing occupational therapists. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy does not require a specific number of observation hours; instead, the emphasis is on understanding the breadth of the profession and the different types of practice settings (medical, educational, community-based) and populations served (based on age, diagnosis, situation, etc). Applicants are asked to complete the chart linked here. This document should be uploaded as Additional Document #2 in the Supplemental Documents Section.
Experiences in areas of human service that do not include occupational therapy are not to be included in this section, but are welcomed on the resume'.
EXTRA ACTIVITIES/SPECIAL RECOGNITION: This additional document allows the applicant to provide information that is relevant to the desire to study occupational therapy, but does not fit into other categories. Please feel free to provide information regarding special skills or achievements, life circumstances that have influenced you toward a career in occupational therapy, and commendations or awards you have received, either within or beyond academic realms. This information should not exceed one typed page and should be uploaded as Additional Document #3 in the Supplemental Documents section.