Apply to the MSOT Program

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • All prerequisite courses completed with a grade of C or higher
  • Minimum of 84 semester equivalent credits (includes courses from OTA degree and prerequisite courses) from an institution that is accredited by a USDE recognized accrediting agency; 43 of these hours must be OTA courses
  • Proof of a minimum of 1 year of full-time work experience as a licensed COTA (or a minimum of 1,500 hours as a fully licensed COTA)
  • Current ;résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of professional goals (professional philosophy/educational desires; 300 – 500 words)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • Copy of current U.S. occupational therapy assistant license and NBCOT certification
  • An interview may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Committee

Application Process:

**Application will open in OTCAS on November 17, 2021**

The MSOT Program admissions process will be managed through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) . If you are using OTCAS to apply to other programs, please note that the MGA MSOT Program has specific requirements. Only those applications that follow the specific instructions will be considered complete in OTCAS.

Note: Applicants may apply for an OTCAS fee waiver following the instructions found here.

The application deadline for all items to be entered into OTCAS and verified, is April 18, 2022. The first cohort will begin in August 2022 (Fall Semester).

If you are taking courses during the Spring 2022 or Summer 2022 semesters that you intend to transfer to MGA, you may be offered provisional admission status based on acceptable completion of the courses. An applicant who receives a provisional acceptance on the basis of course work still in progress must satisfactorily complete all outstanding courses prior to enrollment. A final transcript must be submitted and verified through OTCAS by AUGUST 1 st that indicates completion of all pre-requisite courses with a “C” or higher.*

*Note: If completing pre-requisite courses in the Summer at an institution other than Middle Georgia State University, final transcript may be delayed. It is recommended that pre-requisite coursework be completed at MGA for this reason, however, it is not required.

In order to be considered for acceptance to the MSOT Program you must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. Complete all pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” or higher:

    MATH 1401

    Elementary Statistics

    3

    SOCI 1101

    Introduction to Sociology

    3

    PSYC 3265

    Abnormal Psychology*

    3

    HLSA 3000

    Research Methods for Health Sciences

    3

    *Abnormal Psychology course must be at the 3000 level or higher

  3. Have completed a minimum of eighty-four (84) semester credit hours, including all pre-requisites, from an institution accredited by a USDE recognized accrediting agency. Forty-three (43) hours may be from OTA courses.
  4. Pre-requisite courses may be completed at another institution if the courses are deemed equivalent to the same MGA courses. Check for course equivalencies in the MGA Articulation Catalog.

MSOT Application Checklist:

  • Create an account with OTCAS.
  • Complete the OTCAS application in its entirety and submit fees to OTCAS.
  • Prepare to submit the following through OTCAS:
    • Official academic transcripts
    • Personal statement, along with 3 supplemental questions in OTCAS
    • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation (forms in OTCAS)
    • Copy of OTA state license
    • Copy of NBCOT certification
    • Current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Proof of minimum of 1500 hours of work experience as an OTA
  • Complete official Middle Georgia State graduate application including Certificate of Immunization Form and Document of Lawful Presence Form (links are in OTCAS) and pay $40.00 fee.**
    **Note: Official transcripts, resume/CV, letters of recommendation, and personal statement only need to be submitted through OTCAS, and do not need to re-submit when completing the MGA graduate application.
  • Please make use of the “Check Status” option at the top of the OTCAS dashboard. Confirm that all official transcripts and two letters of recommendation/references have been received by OTCAS. If this is not done, your application will not move forward. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the progress of application components.
  • Your OTCAS application must be complete by the deadline. OTCAS must have a completed application, allofficial transcripts, and application fee(s). OTCAS will then begin to verify your coursework (the coursework you self-reported against what your official transcripts list). Please ensure that transcripts match courses that are self-reported. *If assistance is needed, more information can be found here: OTCAS Applicant Help Center

Admissions Timeline

  • Application Deadline (OTCAS verification may occur after submission date): April 18, 2022
  • Notifications: May 2022 (pending notification of Candidacy Status by ACOTE)
  • Applicants accepted into the program must notify the program of their intent by the date indicated on the acceptance letter.

Any questions concerning the MSOT application process should be directed to Jamie Loyd, OTA Administrative Assistant ( ) or Traci Swartz, OTD, OTR/L, MSOT Program Director ( ).

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Middle Georgia State University has applied for Applicant status with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses (including Georgia) 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. More information about NBCOT® can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org.