Occupational Therapy Program

How to Apply to MOT

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


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

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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

Complete the online graduate application and submit the materials listed below.

GRE scores are not required by MOT, unlike other graduate programs.

1. 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.

2. Transcripts from all institutions previously attended. (Must demonstrate completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet all pre-requisites course requirements.)

3. 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.

4. A current resume.

5. 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.

6. 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 an accredited college or university (Straighterline courses are unacceptable - If you need to confirm accrediation status of an institution, then you may search at Council for Higher Education Accreditation site.)  In addition, the four science prerequisite courses 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 upper division courses in the discipline to satisfy the requirement (advanced PSY, SOC, ENG, SBS, HUM, etc…) These courses must be passed with a “B” or better.
B) Retake the course.
C) Take a CLEP or DANTES, or EXCELSIOR exam.
D) If you have any questions about previous course equivelancies, please send a transcript copy via email to ot@usm.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.)

  • Medical Terminology 1-3 credits
  • Statistics 3 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology (or an upper level SOC/SBS course) 3 credits
  • Multi-Cultural Human Development or Developmental Psychology (Lifespan course) 3 credits
  • Abnormal Psychology (or Psychopathology) 3 credits
    (taken within six years prior to starting MOT program)
  • Introduction to Physics with lab 4 credits
    (or 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 equivelancy 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- bycourse 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.

All pre-requisite courses need not be entirely completed prior to finishing the application and progressing through the MOT admissions process.  GRE scores are not required by MOT, unlike other graduate programs.

7. All applicants must complete a total of 15 hours of job shadowing or work experience with an occupational therapy practitioner in one or more settings. A Job Shadow evaluation form for verification of this experience is available. It is the applicant's responsibility to make arrangements for this experience at one or multiple facilities; you should print copies of the form and submit the evaluation(s) as part of your application materials. 

Applicants are expected to exhibit skills in accessing resources in order to job shadow with occupational therapists.  Exploring different organizations such as:  school systems, hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, skilled nursing facilities, mental health programs, pediatric clinics, etc. provides a wide range of experiences to the applicant. It is recommended that candidates shadow in more than one occupational therapy practice area. Scheduling of job shadowing appointments with OTs should commence well in advance of the application deadline since shadowing forms must be submitted for the application to be considered completed, and Practioners need advanced time to accomodate shadow requests.

8. 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 elgibilty for an interview. MOT candidates who complete an application by deadline AND who are approved to proceed through admissions, will be invited to interview.  The interview is the final admissions requirement by invitation. It may be possible to arrange a telephone interview with the committee.

9. 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 jeopoardize her or his board certification should partipate in NBCOT's Character Review Process is avaible at  http://www.nbcot.org/early-determination for those who wish to confirm their eligiblity to sit for the exam (required for licensure) prior to completing an MOT application.

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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