The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MS-OT) degree at Florida International University is a limited-access, full-time enrollment program with a highly competitive admissions process based on comprehensive evaluations. Students are admitted once a year for the Fall semester.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA based on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 credits of the bachelor’s degree.
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA for all prerequisite courses with the minimum grade indicated. All of the prerequisite courses listed below must be successfully completed before the start of the Fall semester.
- Abnormal Psychology: earning 3 credits with a C or higher
- Human Growth & Development: earning 3 credits with a C or higher
- Biology with Lab**: earning 4 credits with a C or higher
- Statistics: earning 3 credits with a C or higher
- Medical Terminology: earning 1-3 credits with a C or higher
- Kinesiology: earning 3 credits with a B or higher
- Human Physiology**: earning 3 credits with a B or higher
- Neuroscience (3000 level or higher)***: earning 3 credits with a B or higher
- Human Anatomy and Lab**: earning 4 credits with a B or higher
*Our prerequisite course requirements have recently changed and will take full effect Spring 2023. If you are applying for the Fall 2023 application cycle, we will accept either Pathology or Kinesiology as part of our admission requirements. Please note that this will only apply to applicants for Fall 2023.
Applicants with 3 of the 4 courses highlighted in red completed by the application deadline will be given priority for review and potential admission. The courses highlighted in red must all be successfully completed in order to get admitted into the program.
**Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Labs at the 2000 Level will meet the Human Anatomy with Lab and Physiology requirements.
*** OTH 4418 Neuroscience is offered by the FIU OT department every semester.
- All prerequisite courses must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the Fall admission term.
- Complete OTCAS application by the deadline with all required information: biographical information, a personal essay, 3 names for references, work experience, activities, accomplishments and recognitions, and other pertinent information.
- Applicants are required to submit a Graduate School application. Applicants are required to complete this application in addition to the OTCAS application. The cost of the application is $30. Once submitted, applicants will be referred to the FIU OT Department by the FIU Graduate School. You will need to send official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended directly to the FIU Graduate School in addition to those required by OTCAS should you be admitted into our program.
- International students are accepted subject to space and fiscal limitations. Students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an institution recognized in their own country as preparing students for graduate level study; academic eligibility for further study in their own country; and demonstrated proficiency in the English language by a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL. International students must contact the International Student and Scholar Services department before applying.
- Complete all admission requirements by the first Friday in February. Any application material submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
- Students must be able to meet the performance standards with or without reasonable accommodations.