MSOT Admission Requirements & Application
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.
M.S.O.T. Program Locations: The program is offered at two different locations (Gainesville and North Atlanta/Norcross) with three program tracks: Gainesville day program, North Atlanta/Norcross weekend program, and North Atlanta/Norcross day program. All programs are cohort programs. All program tracks are full-time with high course loads. Students can expect to devote the majority of their time each week in class meetings, fieldwork , and assignments regardless of the program track selected.
Program pathway tracks:
Day Program at Gainesville
Our Day OT program track is a seven-semester weekday program. Students attend classes and fieldwork 4-5 days each weekday (and occasional evenings) on-ground, supplemented by online work. There are two full-time fieldwork semesters towards the end of the program. Students enter in the fall semester (August) and the deadline for admission to this program track is in the preceding December. Students are advised that there is very limited time for outside employment, primarily on weekends.
Hybrid Weekend Program at North Atlanta/Norcross
Our Hybrid Weekend OT program is a nine-semester program track. Students attend on-ground classes on Friday afternoons and evenings and all day Saturdays for 8-9 weekends per semester. Students have a significant amount of online coursework every week. Six to eight hours of fieldwork during the weekday is required in some semesters, in addition to two full-time fieldwork semesters at the end. Students enter in the spring semester (January) and the deadline for admission to this program track is in the preceding May. Students are advised that the program typically requires 30-40 hours of time every week, but allows for weekday flexibility for employment or family obligations.
Hybrid Day Program at North Atlanta/Norcross
Our Hybrid Day OT program track is a seven-semester hybrid weekday program. Students attend class and fieldwork 3 days/evenings a week on-ground and spend significant time in coursework online between class meeting times. The last two semesters are full-time fieldwork. Students enter in the summer semester (May) and the deadline for admission to this program track is in the preceding October. Students are advised that there is a very limited time for outside employment, but more flexibility regarding weekday work hours.
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- 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.
These courses must be completed before starting the MSOT program.
PY 101 – Intro to Psychology
PY 202 – Human Growth & Development *
PY 309 – Abnormal Psychology
SY 101 or AY 101 – Intro to Sociology or Anthropology
MS 205 – Introduction to Statistics
HS 200 – Medical Terminology
BY 209 + BY 210 – Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 *
Additional lab science – CY 103 Chemistry
*Must have been taken within the last 5 years
For a comprehensive and up-to-date list of prerequisites please see the 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. Click on the following link to view the Post Bacc Program Plan.
To apply to the Post Bacc Pre-OT Program visit the Brenau University application page and click the Undergraduate Application link.
Do you already have your bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses completed?
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.
International applicants: Click here for Instructions for International Students
New application cycle in OTCAS begins July 19, 2016 for MSOT cohorts starting May 2017 and later.
Both Brenau and OTCAS applications and all documents must be received by the deadline listed below, and OTCAS applications must be coded as “Complete”. No applications accepted after deadline dates.
|N. Atlanta/Norcross – Hybrid Day 2017||October 13, 2016||May 2017|
|Gainesville – Day 2017||December 1, 2016||August 2017|
|N.Atlanta/Norcross – Hybrid Weekend 2018||May 11, 2017||January 2018|
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. We require at least 2 of the 3 science courses be completed when you apply. Please know that an applicant is considered to be more competitive if all prerequisite courses are completed by the time of application.
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 3.0 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.
Apply here to the Post-Baccalaureate Program: https://www.brenau.edu/apply/transfer-applicants/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- OT Information page 2016-17– a printer friendly version of the Occupational Therapy program summaries, admission requirements, prerequisites, how to apply and tuition information.
- 3 curricula side-by-side (PDF) – a printer friendly version of the MSOT curriculum sequences.
- Brenau University School of OT Essential Functions (PDF) – a printer friendly version of the Summary of typical essential functions for OT Students and professional practice as an occupational therapist.
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.