University of Southern Indiana

Program Admission

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) application will be available October 1st - February 15th of the academic year (for Fall semester start date).

Weighting consists of 60% MSOT prerequisite GPA, 40% undergraduate degree GPA, and appraisal of references.

To apply you must:

  • Have a plan to complete your bachelor's degree by May 20 of the application (academic) year. 
  • Have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 point system), calculated on the prerequisite courses and undergraduate degree. Prerequisite courses must have a grade of C or better, have been completed in the past 7 years, and be completed by May 20 of the application (academic) year:


  • BIOL 121: Anatomy and Physiology 1                
  • BIOL 122: Anatomy and Physiology 2 
  • PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 261: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 322: Abnormal Psychology
  • HP 115: Medical Terminology
  • HP 225: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • EXSC 383: Kinesiology or EXSC 391: Kinesiology
  • HP 302: Biostatistics, or PSY 353: (USI PSY majors PSY 303 prereq), or STAT 241: Principles of Statistics
  • Complete USI’s Application for Admission to Graduate Studies/MSOT Program, a $40 application fee, and two references with contact information.

    References must include:
  • One professional from a previous employer or from a practicing occupational therapist
  • One academic from a professor or advisor in the applicant’s undergraduate degree.

* Students are responsible for the coursework covered in the required MSOT Prerequisite courses. It is highly recommended that students keep their textbook from these classes for future references.

Pass/No Pass Information

For those students who will be applying to the USI Occupational Therapy program, a grade of “Passing” will NOT be accepted on any OT program prerequisite courses taken in Spring 2020.  Since a passing grade is considered a D at the university level, switching to a Pass/No pass grade option would not allow the Program to ensure that the student had earned a grade of C or above as stated in application requirements.

 Therefore, if a student chooses the Pass/No pass option for courses that are not already set to this grading system, the student will be required to retake the course(s) for a letter grade in order to meet the program prerequisite requirements for application. 

International Student Applicants
There are special application procedures for those who are not citizens of the United States or who have completed previous schooling outside of the United States. International student applicants interested in the MSOT program should visit Graduate Studies for information on applying to the university.

Contact Dr. Paul Arthur


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