Master of Science – Occupational Therapy

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. Additionally it may be possible for highly qualified applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have at least 90 college credit hours plus all completed prerequisite coursework to apply directly to the MSOT program. Factors that would be considered for such students would include GPA, a prior OTA degree, or other relevant work experience.

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Program Highlights

The MSOT requires 94 credit hours of coursework. Students may choose to apply to the Fall Day program in Gainesville,  the Spring Weekend program in Norcross, or the Summer Day program in Norcross,  depending on their specific life situation or schedule.

Gainesville Day Program: Our Day OT program begins once per year in the Fall semester (August) and is located at our Gainesville, GA campus. This program is completed in seven semesters. Classes are typically held on-ground 4-5 days a week between 8 am and 6 pm. Students take 16-18 hours per semester and participate in different types of fieldwork through the program. This is a good option for students who can devote full time during the week to their studies.

Norcross Hybrid Weekend Program: Our Weekend OT program begins once per year in the Spring  semester (January start date). Located at our Norcross, GA campus, this option is ideal for individuals who work or have commitments during the weekdays. Students take between 9 -13 credit hours per semester, with on-ground classes every other weekend on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Students will have a significant amount of online coursework between class meeting times along with fieldwork  obligations outside regular class hours.

Norcross Hybrid Day Program: Our Hybrid Day OT program located in Norcross, GA begins once per year in the summer semester (early May start date). This program is completed in 7 semesters. Students take 15 – 17 hours per semester and participate in different types of fieldwork throughout the program. Classes are typically held on-ground 3 days a week (Wed, Thurs, Fri) between 8 am and 6 pm. Students will 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.

Special Application Procedures

Please complete the following steps to apply for admission:

  1. Complete the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) application located on the OTCAS website: www.otcas.org. Complete the OTCAS application in its entirety, including sending official transcripts to OTCAS as required. For more information about OTCAS visit the AOTA website: www.aota.org.
  2. Complete the free Brenau Graduate Application  here https://www.brenau-grad.org/grad/index.cfm?&isndsl  and submit all official transcripts to Brenau University Admissions, 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville GA 30501.
  3. Brenau requires that applicants submit three professional references, one of which must be from a licensed occupational therapist. References must be submitted through OTCAS using the OTCAS e-form or the OTCAS paper reference form.
  4. Complete shadowing/observation/volunteer hours in at least two different Occupational Therapy settings (no minimum number of shadowing hours required). Shadowing hours are to be logged in the OTCAS application.
  5. If you have any questions about the OTCAS application process, please call 770.718.5337.  With specific OTCAS system questions, please contact OTCAS directly.
  6. Brenau reviews the OTCAS application as soon as it receives the completed and verified application from OTCAS. Interviews are scheduled as necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn more?
To find out more information please contact:

  • Nancy L. Fowler, MS, OTR/L,  OT Admissions Counselor, 678.707.5001 or nfowler1@brenau.edu
  • Jamie Cushway, MS, Admissions Specialist, 770.534.6188 or jcushway@brenau.edu

What are the program pre-requisite courses?

  1. PY 101 – General  or Introductory Psychology
  2. PY 202 – Human Growth & Development – lifespan
  3. PY 309 – Abnormal Psychology
  4. SY 101 or AY 101 – Introduction to either Sociology or Anthropology
  5. BY 209 or BY 210- Anatomy & Physiology I or II – 4 credit hours with lab
  6. MS 205 – Statistics
  7. 4 hour Lab Science course (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics, or microbiology) – 4 credit hours with lab
  8. PY 301 – Research Methods
  9. HS 200 – Medical Terminology

All prerequisite courses must be completed before a student may begin work on the OT courses. Applicants may have prerequisite coursework in progress during the application process.

When does the program start?
The Day program (Gainesville campus) begins a new cohort in late August ; the Hybrid Weekend program (Norcross campus) begins a new cohort in early January., and the Hybrid Day (Norcross campus) begins a new cohort in early May. 

My pre-reqs are from 15 years ago. Are they still valid?
The university will accept ALL liberal education courses regardless of the date of satisfactory completion unless the liberal education course is also a major course. The university will accept most major courses taken within 15 years. The university requires that the following prereqs be current within the past 5 years:

  • PY202 Human Growth & Development
    PY301 Research Methods
    BY209 Anatomy & Physiology I
    BY210 Anatomy & Physiology II

How long does it take to complete the program?
Both  Day programs require 7 semesters or 2 years and three months,  and the weekend program requires 9 semesters or 3 years.

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100