Occupational Therapy

Supplemental content for MOT in Occupational Therapy

Admission Information

Admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy program is competitive with limited spaces each fall. The program seeks applicants who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy with a record of academic achievement and who are committed to employing interdisciplinary approaches and strategies in the study of occupational therapy.

The program also seeks candidates who are committed to self-development as a necessary foundation for assisting others. Academic coursework and clinical experiences require that students be available throughout the day and some evenings. A part-time option is also available where students may complete their academic work in three and a half years. Full-time coursework consists of seven consecutive semesters of academic coursework, including six months of full-time fieldwork in an occupational therapy setting.

Students should submit a USM Graduate Application online. Students may also apply through OTCAS. The deadline for completed applications is October 1st for matriculation the following fall semester. Admissions details and criteria are available at the How to Apply page on MOT's website.

Completion of the application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission will be based on a comparative evaluation of applicants' materials as they relate to such areas as academic achievement, writing skills, and interviewing.

Unconditional acceptance to the MOT program will be extended only to students who are competitive and who have submitted documentation that all of their requirements have been completed at the time of their application. Successful candidates who are in the process of completing prerequisite courses will receive conditional acceptance until all their requirements have been completed. Full-time students must have completed all prerequisites before the start of classes in September, while part-time students may be allowed additional time to complete select prerequisite courses.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required for interviews
  • GRE scores are not required
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university
  • Prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of B or higher
    • Equivalency exams may be taken in place of certain courses if a grade of B was not achieved. Please see the Office of Prior Learning Assessment’s webpage for more information on specific course offerings
  • Completion of prerequisite courses as follows:
    • Medical Terminology 1-3 credits
    • Neuroscience 3 credits
    • Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
    • Developmental Psychology 3 credits
    • Statistics 3 credits (taken within 6 years of applying)
    • Abnormal Psychology 3 credits (taken within 6 years of applying)
    • Introduction to Physics with Lab 4 credits (taken within 6 years of applying)*
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab 4 credits (taken within 6 years of applying)*
    • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4 credits (taken within 6 years of applying)*
      • *Online or simulated labs will be assessed at the discretion of the Program Director


Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline:

Deadline Date: Rolling admissions - final deadline is August 1, 2022 for the Fall 2022 semester.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • USM Graduate Application: Online Application  Students may also apply through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy Programs: OTCAS. The OTCAS portal opens for applicants in mid-July.
  • USM Application fee: The USM application fee is waived for all applicants. OTCAS requires its own set of fees for utilizing this service (including the USM application fee). Applicants applying through OTCAS will pay all associated fees directly through the OTCAS program.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
  • Personal Statement Essay: Explain why you selected occupational therapy as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. Statement length: 3-5 pages.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required. As part of the online process, applicants will be prompted for the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Each individual will receive an electronic recommendation form to complete directly from the university.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.


Where to send transcripts and application materials

If applying through the USM Graduate Application, official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Southern Maine

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

If applying through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy Programs (OTCAS), please submit all materials directly to OTCAS.

OTCAS Transcript Processing Center

P.O. Box 9120

Watertown, MA 02471

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.


International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (usmadmit@maine.edu).


Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.