MS Admissions

It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants read this page, all the related links, and the "MS Program" information prior to contacting the Division for further information. We have posted or linked a significant amount of information here, and it should answer most of your questions!

The Occupational Therapy program at Carolina is a two year program leading to a Master of Science degree with a major in occupational therapy. The program is designed for the person with an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy. UNC students complete a rigorous course of graduate study comprised of 63 credits including 12 credits of Fieldwork II taken within the two calendar years of the program. The program is designed for full-time study.

*NOTE: The deadline for applications for the class beginning in Fall 2019 is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time according to Graduate School policy*

For students applying to the MSOT program this application cycle, please see this document regarding FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS. Thank you for your interest in the program!


Application Process and Information


The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UNC is looking for applicants with a blend of academic ability, experience working with people, service orientation, and a belief in the future of occupational therapy. We are also interested in recruiting individuals who represent the diverse population that occupational therapy serves. As with any health care field, multi-cultural experience is a prerequisite to being an effective practitioner. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, in keeping with the policies of the University of North Carolina, does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy welcomes your interest in our programs. However, due to time constraints, we generally are not able to schedule individual meetings with prospective applicants, but rather encourage attendance at one of the group Information Sessions held during the Fall and Spring semesters. Dates are noted in the block to the right, titled "Information Sessions." Additionally, interested students may request to sit in on a class during the Fall or Spring semester. More information about class visits is provided under the "Prospective Students" tab above.

It is not necessary the prospective applicants undergo a transcript review prior to applying. Please refer to the PDF document linked on the "Prerequisites" page of this website for detailed information. After you have reviewed that information, if you have questions regarding your prior coursework meeting prerequisite requirements, please complete the "Prerequisite Check" form available linked on the "Prerequisites" page of the website.