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Applications are closed for the Fall 2024 start date through OTCAS. We review completed applications on an ongoing basis until each cohort is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for scholarships and other departmental incentives.

We use a rolling admissions process; applications are reviewed until the cohort is filled. For the fall start date, we generally close applications by April 5. Please click here to find helpful application timeline tips from OTCAS.

We continually review applications as they are completed. Qualified applicants are accepted on an ongoing basis until seats are filled.

Upon submitting your OTCAS application, you’ll find instructions for paying the $65 ACU application fee. All other documents are reviewed through OTCAS.

Yes. Admitted students have three weeks from the date of the admission offer to pay the non-refundable $300 deposit to secure their spot in the program.

We expect to enroll 30 students per cohort. 

An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to apply.

Yes, all grades earned for repeated courses are factored into your OTCAS GPA.

A minimum of 40 hours of observation is required prior to the application deadline. Preferably in more than one occupational therapy setting.

No, all hours entered into the OTCAS observation section must have been spent observing a licensed occupational therapist.

Applicants will enter observation information directly into their OTCAS portal.  Please click here for observation hour tracking information and instructions. ACU does not require additional forms or signatures.

Prerequisites include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology)
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Life Span Development

A maximum of 6 credit hours of prerequisites can be pending at the time of application.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to enrollment.

Yes, all prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed with a grade no lower than C. Credit/no Credit designations are not acceptable for prerequisite courses.

No, an official, degree awarding transcript showing all prereq final grades must be submitted before beginning the ACU MSOT program.

If the name of your course does not match the name of the prerequisite, you can request a prerequisite review to confirm that it will satisfy the requirement. To request a prerequisite review, please email Please include the following information in the email:

  • ACU prerequisite course name
  • Course name, course number, and catalog description for the corresponding course in question
  • University or college providing the course
  • Year and semester during which the course was taken

The ACU MSOT does not have a preference, as long as the college or university is accredited.

No, the GRE is not required. If provided in OTCAS, your GRE score will not be reviewed by the ACU MSOT admissions committee.

No, the ACU MSOT program does not accept transfer credits from another university.

Waitlisted applicants are notified as soon as there is an opening in the cohort. This could occur as late as August in some cases.


Yes. 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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-6611, and its web address is

The number of ACU MSOT program graduates successfully passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam is reported here.

One entry term is offered each fall; new students begin in late August.

Students complete the program in 2 years (graduating in August).

There are no part time options.

Fieldwork consists of two phases:

  • Fieldwork Level 1 is scheduled at the completion of the first semester, can be performed in many different occupational therapy settings, and generally allows the students “real world” experiences under the direction of a licensed OT. The student is required to successfully complete three Level 1 Fieldwork experiences.
  • Fieldwork Level 2 generally consist of two 12-week assignments at various occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. Students work closely with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to determine the best location and OT environment for the student.

For cost information, please visit the  Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and review the “Degree Details” section. Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis.

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