MSOT Admission Requirements & Application

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Brenau University offers the Master of Science Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree program for entry level professional preparation for occupational therapists. Students already possessing a bachelor’s degree may pursue the MSOT.

Choose the best pathway for you.

All tracks are full-time and all students can expect to devote 30-50 hours per week to class meetings, fieldwork and assignments.

Program pathway tracks:

Day Program at Gainesville

Our Day OT program track begins once per year in the Fall semester (August) and is located at our Gainesville, GA campus. This program is completed in 7 semesters. Classes are typically held on-ground 3-5 days a week between 8 am and 6 pm with significant required online work supplementing the on-ground classes.  Students take 15-17 hours per semester and participate in different types of fieldwork throughout the program.  This is a good option for students who can devote full time during the week to their studies.

Hybrid Weekend Program at North Atlanta/Norcross

Our Hybrid Weekend OT program located in Norcross, GA begins once per year in the Spring semester (January) and can be completed in 9 semesters.  Students take 8-13 hrs per semester, with on-ground classes every other weekend on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Students have a significant amount of online coursework between class meeting times along with  fieldwork obligations outside regular class hours.  This option is ideal for individuals who work full time or have other significant commitments during the weekdays.

Hybrid Day Program at North Atlanta/Norcross

Our Hybrid Day OT program track located in Norcross, GA begins once per year in May during the Summer semester.  This program is completed in 7 semesters. Students take 9-17 hours per semester and participate in different types of fieldwork throughout the program. Classes are typically held on-ground 2-3 days a week between 8 am and 6 pm.  Students  have a significant amount of online coursework between class meeting times along with fieldwork obligations outside regular class hours.  This option is a good choice for those students who wish to work part-time during the week or weekend, but are able to devote full time to their studies in this altered schedule.

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See our campuses and attend a 90-minute group information session. Find out about our MSOT program track options, admissions requirements and the applications procedures.

Gainesville: First Tuesday each month at the Brenau East Campus at 5:30 p.m.
Norcross/North Atlanta: Second Tuesday each month at the Brenau North Atlanta Campus at 5:30 p.m.

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MSOT Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree*
  • Minimum 3.0 Overall GPA & 3.0 Prerequisite GPA
  • OT Shadowing hours – Substantial number (no set number) plus sustained volunteer or life experience with individuals who have disabilities
  • 3 Professional References (at least one from an OT) submitted through OTCAS using OTCAS form only

Submit both the OTCAS application and Brenau Graduate Application, plus submit all official transcripts to OTCAS. GRE is not Required.

* Additionally, highly qualified applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have at least 90 college credit hours may be considered for accelerated admission to the  MSOT program. The 90 credit hours must include all prerequisite coursework including 9 credit hours of upper division courses (300-400 level). Factors that would be considered for such students would include strong GPA (3.4 or better), a prior OTA degree and/or other relevant work experience.

For program prerequisites and degree requirements please see our program catalog. You may apply while still in progress, however please note that applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses are considered to be more competitive.

The university will accept most major courses taken within 15 years. Students who already possess a bachelor’s degree and who wish to complete some or all program pre-requisites at Brenau University may enroll in the Post Baccalaureate Pre-OT Program. See below for more information.

Next Steps

Do you already have your bachelor’s degree and already have completed your prerequisite courses?

Apply to the MSOT program

Application instructions and deadlines: To apply for admission, complete both the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) application and complete the Brenau University Application for Graduate School. Send transcripts to OTCAS.

Application Deadlines

Both Brenau and OTCAS applications and all documents must be received by the deadline listed below. No applications accepted after deadline dates.

N. Atlanta/Norcross – Hybrid Weekday 2016 October 15, 2015 May 2016
Gainesville – Day 2016 December 4, 2015 August 2016
N. Atlanta/Norcross  – Hybrid Weekend 2017 May 13, 2016 January 2017

Do you have your bachelor’s degree but need to complete some or all of your prerequisite courses?

You may complete prerequisites at any regionally accredited institution, and you may apply to the MSOT while prerequisites are still in progress, provided all are completed prior to starting the MSOT.

You may also complete your prerequisites at Brenau by applying to the Post Baccalaureate Pre-OT Program. This 31-credit hour preparatory program requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 for admission and you may begin any semester. Admission to the Post-Bacc does not guarantee admission to the MSOT program.  Several of the courses are available online. You may choose this route if you need all or even just one prerequisite course. Program participants may be eligible for financial aid.

Please note that if you are admitted to the Post Bacc program with a GPA below 3.0 you will need to plan carefully to take enough credit hours in order to raise your GPA to the required minimum for admission to the MSOT program. 

Apply here to the Post-Baccalaureate Program:

Do you need a 4-year bachelor’s degree?

“I am a high school graduate” – start at the beginning and apply to Brenau University

“I have an associate’s degree or some college credits” – apply as a transfer student

For assistance regarding either the Post-Bacc or the undergraduate pathways to the MSOT, please contact  Brenau University Admissions Specialist Jamie Cushway, Office of Admissions (770) 534-6188 or


Please see also the MSOT Estimated Cost tables for approximate tuition and fee rates.

After completion of the MS, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure to practice occupational therapy. State licenses are typically based in part on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. All applicants should be aware that the certification and licensing boards have the right to refuse to grant occupational therapy certification and/or licenses to any individuals regardless of their educational credentials under circumstances of: 1) falsification of application for certification/ licensure 2) conviction of a felony or crime of moral turpitude 3) other moral and legal violations specified in relevant state laws. An applicant who thinks he or she may have an applicable situation should talk with the department chair early in the program of study.

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