- 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
- Completion of prerequisite courses as follows (more information can be found here):
- Medical Terminology 1-3 credits
- Neuroscience 3 credits
- Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
- Multicultural Human Development or 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: October 1st
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Students should apply through one avenue only (either through USM directly or through OTCAS)
- Students applying directly through USM can apply anytime prior to October 1 for consideration for next fall's cohort
2. USM Application fee: Currently free through USM for all applicants. OTCAS requires its own set of fees for utilizing this service. Applicants applying through OTCAS will pay all associated fees directly through the OTCAS program.
3. Essay: A two to three page essay that introduces yourself, describes why you are interested in Occupational Therapy, and outlines the strengths and experiences you bring to the Occupational Therapy profession.
4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). Applicants must demonstrate completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet all prerequisite course requirements. If you need to confirm the accreditation status of an institution, you may search at Council for Higher Education Accreditation site.
- Transcripts must show proof of completion of required MOT prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses do not need to be fully completed prior to applying, but must be completed prior to beginning the program if accepted full time.
- GRE scores are not required by the MOT program
5. A current resume that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
6. Three letters of recommendation that speak to your character, work ethic/professionalism and problem solving abilities. 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.
- As part of the online process, applicants will be prompted for the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Each person will receive an electronic recommendation form to complete directly from the university.
- Recommendations must be received either directly from the recommender electronically or mailed/submitted in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature over the seal.
7. TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
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
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL 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; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Applicants whose first language is not English
Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL 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; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
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 Maine System
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 electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org . Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com .
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
- Job shadowing is not required but is highly recommended for every student. If job shadowing is completed, it must be with an occupational therapy practitioner and should be documented using the Job Shadow Evaluation Form. It is the applicant's responsibility to make arrangements for this experience at one or multiple facilities. Please send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Completion of the application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission is based on a comparative evaluation of the applicants’ materials to determine eligibility for an interview.
- MOT candidates who complete an application by the deadline AND who have met the minimum GPA requirements will be invited for an individual and group interview. The interview process is the final admissions requirement and is by invitation only. Alternative interviews can be arranged for those who cannot physically come to campus for an interview. Applicants can expect a decision by mid December.
Information for Admitted Students
Financial Aid & Scholarships
If you are applying for financial aid, your financial aid form (FAFSA) should be mailed by February 1 to ensure the best possible financial aid package. Applicants should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The University of Southern Maine’s Federal ID Code is 009762. Contact Student Financial Aid directly with any questions or concerns.
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