Occupational Therapy Program

How to Apply to MOT


If you completed the MOT admissions process last year and were either denied or waitlisted  - you need only RE-apply to be considered in the latest admissions cycle.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - Please click here to establish your eligibility.

Send all application materials to the following address:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Electronic transcripts/application materials can be emailed to: edocs@maine.edu

***Applications for the MOT program are due by October 1st each year. Applications received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the faculty.***




Required Materials for Applying (back to top)

1. Complete the online graduate application

2. 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.

3. Transcripts from all institutions previously attended. (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 accreditation status of an institution, you may search at Council for Higher Education Accreditation site). GRE scores are not required by MOT.

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale is required. (If you have a graduate degree, your graduate cumulative GPA will be used). If your cumulative GPA is not 3.2 or better, your acceptance is unlikely due to the volume of applicants who exceed the 3.2 GPA minimum.

5. A current resume.

6. Three letters of recommendation which speak to your character, work ethic/professionalism and problem solving abilities. As part of the online process applicants are prompted for the names and email addresses of three recommenders.  Each will receive an e-recommendation form to complete.  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. Proof of completion of Prerequisite Courses: Either as part of your baccalaureate degree or subsequent to it, you must have completed all of the following courses with a grade of “B” (3.0 GPA) or better from a regionally accredited college or university (Straighterline courses are unacceptable - If you need to confirm accreditation status of an institution, you may search at Council for Higher Education Accreditation site.)  In addition, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Physics, and A&P I and II must have been taken within six years prior to the fall semester for which you are applying. If you received less than a “B” in any of these courses, you may do one of the following:

A) Use an upper division course in the discipline to satisfy the requirement (advanced PSY, SOC, SBS) These courses must be passed with a “B” or better.
B) Retake the course.
C) Take a CLEP, DSST (Dantes), or Excelsior exam.
D) If you have any questions about previous course equivalencies, please send a transcript copy via email to usm.ot@maine.edu with your specific concerns/questions.
E) The faculty will consider exceptions to some requirements if a complete and strong case for exemption is made via petition form.

MOT Prerequisite Courses (Download optional MOT pre-req worksheet for your use.) (back to top)

  • Medical Terminology 1-3 credits (Please note that the Merrymeeting Adult Ed course will only be accepted if taken prior to May 2017. After May, students will be required to complete a credit-bearing medical terminology course.)
  • Neuroscience 3 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology (or an upper level SOC/SBS course) 3 credits
  • Multicultural Human Development or Developmental Psychology (Lifespan course) 3 credits
  • Statistics 3 credits (taken within six years prior to starting MOT program)
  • Abnormal Psychology (or Psychopathology) 3 credits
    (taken within six years prior to starting MOT program)
  • Introduction to Physics with lab 4 credits
    (or USM LAC's SCI 150 Physics and Biomechanics/no lab 3 Credits)
    (taken within six years prior to starting MOT program)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 credits
    (taken within six years prior to starting MOT program)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 credits
    (taken within six years prior to starting MOT program)

PLEASE NOTE: There are equivalency exams available for these courses - more information about the availability of these exams is posted at USM's Office of Prior Learning site.

For credit consideration of post-secondary work completed outside the U.S., the country must be represented by a publication of the AACRAO-NAFSA World Education Series. For countries not covered in the series of WES publications, an individual course-by-course evaluation may be done. Acceptance of credits will be limited unless complete course descriptions are available. A “first” or “baccalaureate” degree from another country may not be viewed as the equivalent of a BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

Completion of all prerequisite courses prior to applying is not required. Students may be in the process of completing some of the prerequisite courses as they finish the application and progress through the MOT admissions process.

Additional Information (back to top)

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 in one or more settings and must 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 edocs@maine.edu

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.

Upon being accepted into the program, students must be prepared to demonstrate that they are in good health as evidenced by a physical examination, including specific immunizations, prior to their fieldwork assignments.

Students admitted to the MOT Program acknowledge that:

A) A deposit of $200.00 is required to be matriculated into the MOT program and deferral of seats is not allowed.

B) Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of six months of full-time fieldwork, which may necessitate temporary relocation outside the student’s local area.

C) Students will be expected to actively participate in the Student OT Association (SOTA) which is involved with various community projects throughout the Program.

D) Students may be obligated to provide a State of Maine criminal background check, and/or if the student has been convicted of a felony, certification and/or licensure may be denied.

All applicants who are uncertain if her or his conviction may jeopardize her or his board certification should participate in NBCOT's Character Review Process available at  http://www.nbcot.org/early-determination. Potential applicants should confirm their eligibility to sit for the exam (required for licensure) prior to completing an MOT application.

Financial Aid & Scholarships (back to top)

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.

Search to see which scholarships you qualify for.

For further information or problems with this page, contact: usm.ot@maine.edu.

Need to verify the status of your application?
Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 207-780-4386 or usmgrad@maine.edu.