Admission to MOT Program for Students with Other Bachelor Degrees
Students who have graduated from other universities, or UF students that have completed majors other than the UF BHS/pre-OT track degree, can be conditionally admitted to the MOT program. Students conditionally admitted complete the pre-OT track courses as part of their graduate program prior to initiating coursework in the Masters in Occupational Therapy Degree Program. The six pre-OT courses are offered the fall and spring semesters preceding the summer start of the MOT courses. Enrollment in the pre-OT track classes is contingent upon being conditionally admitted to the MOT program.
Conditional Admission Application Deadline
Mid-February*: Fall semester start (conditional admission for Fall/Spring Pre-OT track prerequisite enrollment)
*See OTCAS website for exact date.
Applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. They also must demonstrate a commitment to graduate study, complete all the prerequisites and meet other program specific admission criteria. You will need to complete two applications:
- one to the University of Florida, Office of Graduate Admissions
- one to the Department of Occupational Therapy via OTCAS
On-line University Admission
Apply to the University of Florida Graduate School on-line. Your application must be complete, transcripts and test scores received, and application fee paid to the Office of Graduate Admissions before you can be admitted.
The Office of Graduate Admissions must receive official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you attended. Former UF students do not need to request UF transcripts for Graduate School Admission.
Official GRE test scores must be reported to UF directly by the Educational Testing Service. The university code for the University of Florida is 5812.
These instructions apply to the on-line UF Graduate Admissions application only! Names and addresses do not need to be entered on University Graduate On-line application. The department will access your recommendations through OTCAS.
Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
These instructions apply to the on-line UF Graduate Admissions application only! To complete your University Graduate On-line application, you must enter a personal statement. Simply copy and paste the statement that you wrote for your OTCAS application. The department will access your personal statement through OTCAS.
Students, who have graduated from non-US universities or colleges, must submit acceptable evidence of US degree equivalency. Applicants must have transcripts evaluated and translated by an education evaluation service. Please see the following link for referrals to these services: www.admissions.ufl.edu/prospectiveinternational.html. International Students must also submit TOEFL scores as instructed on this link. Minimum of 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Department MOT Program Admission via OTCAS
Application Deadline: See OTCAS website for exact date.
The UF MOT program uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
Please visit https://portal.otcas.org/ to create your OTCAS account.
Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471
Where to Send Your Application
OTCAS must receive the application, references, and transcripts by the application deadline. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to the University of Florida. Please note that UF cannot access unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS.
- For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2860, email@example.com.
- For other questions, please contact the University of Florida OT Department.
- OTCAS does not accept GRE scores at this time.
- OTCAS does not accept paper references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system.
Minimum Application Requirements
- A minimum combined score of 1000 on the GRE (verbal and math) is recommended. For applicants submitting scores from the new version of the GRE, minimum scores of 141 (math) and 150 (verbal) with a minimum combined score of over 300 are recommended.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for upper division (junior and senior level) undergraduate college coursework.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for all prerequisite courses. No grade lower than a C.
Note: Applicants should be aware that a felony conviction might affect their ability to sit for the certification exam or attain state licensure. For more information, contact the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the state licensure board in the state you wish to practice.
Applicants must submit three (3) recommendations. One (1) of the recommendations must be from a professional level OT. The other two (2) should be from professionals, such as a present or former faculty member, academic advisor, or employer. Names and addresses do not need to be entered on University Graduate On-line application, but must be provided to the appropriate section of the OTCAS application.
All applicants are required to complete 30 hours of observational hours in at least two (2) diverse OT settings. Diverse settings are settings that service clientele significantly different; inpatient, outpatient, long term care, school-based, elders, pediatrics, orthopedics, rehabilitation, etc. Observation experiences are documented through the appropriate section of the OTCAS application.