Admission to MOT Program for UF Pre-OT Health Science Students

Check OTCAS after July 19th for an updated version of the UF MOT application.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is January 15th: Summer C start (includes Health Science pre-OT track applicants only)

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:

  1. one to the University of Florida, Office of Graduate Admissions
  2. 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.

Test Scores

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.

International Students

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: 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

Admission Requirements

The UF MOT program uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Please visit to create your OTCAS account.

All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:
Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471

Phone: 617–612–2860

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.

Please note:

  • 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.

A successful application should meet the following requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from the UF Health Science program and successful completion of all Pre-OT track courses.
  2. A minimum combined score of 300 on the GRE (verbal and math) is highly recommended. Minimum scores of 152 (math) and 151 (verbal) are recommended with a minimum combined score of 300.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for upper division (junior and senior level) undergraduate college coursework.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.2 (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.

Observation Hours

All applicants are required to complete a total of 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.