Admission Requirements & Applying to the MSOT
Program pathway tracks:
Day Program at Gainesville
Our Day MSOT program track begins once per year in the fall semester (August) and is located at the Brenau East campus in Gainesville, GA. This program is completed in 7 semesters. Classes are typically held on-ground 3-5 days each week , with significant online work supplementing the on-ground courses. Students typically take 9-17 credit hours per semester and participate in different types of fieldwork throughout the program. Students in this program track need to be able to devote 30-50 hours per week to class meetings, fieldwork and assignments. This program track 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 MSOT program track is located at the Brenau North Atlanta Campus in Norcross, GA. This program track begins once per year in January in the Spring semester and is completed in 9 semesters. Students take 8-13 credit hours 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 a variety of fieldwork obligations outside regular class hours. Students in this program track should plan to devote 30-50 hours each week to class meetings, fieldwork, and assignments. This program track 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 MSOT program track is located at the Brenau North Atlanta Campus in Norcross, GA. This program track begins once per year in May in the Summer semester and is completed in 7 semesters. Students take 9-17 credit hours per semester and participate in different types of fieldwork throughout the program. Classes are held on-ground 2-3 days each week. Students have a significant amount of online coursework between class meeting times along with fieldwork obligations outside regular class hours. Students in this track should plan to devote 30-50 hours a week to class meetings , fieldwork and assignments. This program track is a good choice for individuals 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.
Visit either Campus to learn more about the MSOT options at Brenau University
See the campus and attend a 90-minute group information session. Find out about our MSOT program track options, admissions requirements and the applications procedures. Time and dates for the OT Info sessions are:
Gainesville: 1st Tuesday each month in Gainesville at Brenau East Campus (not Main campus) at 5:30 p.m.
Norcross/North Atlanta: 2nd Tuesday each month in Norcross at Brenau North Atlanta Campus at 5:30 p.m.
Register for campus info sessions at http://www.brenau.edu/admissions/visit/
MSOT Admission Requirements
• Baccalaureate Degree*
• Minimum 3.0 Overall/Cumulative 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)
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 (at least 3.4), a prior OTA degree and/or other relevant work experience. Such students would graduate with only the M.S.O.T. degree.
The 9 courses below must be completed before starting the MSOT program. You may apply while still in progress, however please note that applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses are considered to be more competitive.
1. PY 101 – Intro to Psychology
2. PY 202 – Human Growth & Development – a full lifespan course; taken within past 5 years
3. PY 301 – Research Methods – covers methods /designs used in psychological and health care research; taken within past 5 years
4. PY 309 – Abnormal Psychology
5. SY 101 or AY 101 – Intro to Sociology or Anthropology
6. MS 205 – Intro to Statistics – psychological stats courses are also accepted
7. BY 209 or BY 210- Anatomy & Physiology I or II * – 4 hour course with a lab; taken within past 5 years
8. Additional 4 hour Science course with a lab:
(choose from CY 103-Chemistry, BY 105-Biology, PS 121- Physics, or BY 206- Microbiology)
9. HS 200 – Medical Terminology – 1 to 3 credits
For a complete list of requirements and prerequisites please visit the MSOT entry in the university catalog.
Nancy L. Fowler, MS, OTR/L, Admissions Counselor & Instructor, School of Occupational Therapy, Phone: (678) 707-5001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have your baccalaureate degree and all prereq 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 both OTCAS and to Brenau University.
1. Link to the OTCAS required for MSOT program: https://portal.otcas.org/
2. Link to the Brenau University Application for Graduate School: https://www.brenau-grad.org/grad/index.cfm?&isndsl
3. Submit transcripts to Brenau University at the following address:
Brenau University Admissions
500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Application Deadlines: Note that both applications must be submitted by this date, and all documents received by this date as well.
- For Spring 2016/Weekend/Norcross Campus: June 1, 2015
Currently accepting applications only to Norcross Hybrid Weekend (January 2016 start date). The next admissions cycle will begin July 2015 .
- For Summer 2016/Day/Norcross Campus : October 15, 2015
- For Fall 2016/Day/Gainesville Campus: December 4, 2015
- For Spring 2017/Weekend/Norcross Campus: May 15, 2016
Do you have your baccalaureate degree but need to complete some or all of your prerequisite courses?
- You may complete prereqs at any regionally accredited institution, and you may apply to the MSOT while prereqs are still in progress, provided all are completed prior to starting the MSOT
- You may complete your prereqs at Brenau University 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 1 prereq 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: http://www.brenau.edu/apply/transfer-applicants/
Do you need a 4-year (baccalaureate) degree?
- “I am a high school graduate” – start at the beginning and apply to the University: https://www.brenau-info.org/application/index.cfm?&isndsl
- “I have an associate’s degree or some college credits” – apply as a transfer student: http://www.brenau.edu/apply/transfer-applicants/
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 email@example.com