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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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
    • 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
  • Applicants with 3 of these 4 courses complete by the application deadline will be given priority for review and potential admission:
    • Pathology: 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 (3000 level or higher): earning 4 credits with a B or higher

**Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Lab at the 2000 Level will meet the biology and physiology requirements only.

*** 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.
  • Complete the FIU Graduate School application by the deadline with all required information. 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.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores to FIU Graduate School by the application deadline (School Code: 5206). Applicants who wish to send GRE scores to OTCAS can submit additional reports to school code 2707 (submission to FIU Graduate School, code 5206, still required). We do not have a minimum score requirement, HOWEVER, competitive applicants score at or above 295 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 on the writing section.
  • 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.

Admissions Timeline

Applications will be reviewed by the FIU Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee after the OTCAS application is submitted; OTCAS has verified all transcripts and letters of recommendation; and the official FIU Graduate School application is submitted and GRE scores are received by Florida International University.  You are strongly advised to submit your application prior to the first Friday in February deadline. 

February-March

  • First Friday in February: Application deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the coming admission period.  Applications for subsequent admissions cycles must be re-submitted in their entirety.
  • The FIU OT Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications for the Fall term once completed and corresponding materials are verified.
  • An email confirming receipt of admission materials will be sent to those who have been verified by OTCAS and referred to the FIU OT department by the FIU Graduate School. All correspondence will be made thru the email address provided on the OTCAS application.
  • Only verified and referred applications will be considered for admissions.
  • Applicants may be interviewed*.

 *Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be interviewed.

April-May

  • Acceptance letters are mailed.
  • Students accepted into the program must notify the department within one (1) week of receipt of their acceptance letter.

June

  • Information packets are sent out to incoming students with additional FIU OT department requirements, including class registration.

Late August

  • Mandatory new student orientation
  • Classes begin

Selection Procedure

The Occupational Therapy Admission Committee reviews each student’s application file that has been referred by the University Graduate School. Students are accepted into the OT program based on the strength of their academic preparation, personal statement, and recommendation for suitability as a healthcare professional*. Exceptional leadership and life experiences are also taken into consideration. Transcripts are reviewed for the type of courses taken, total number of credit hours attempted/earned per semester, number of repeats/withdrawals and performance in required prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses not taken at FIU must be approved by the occupational therapy admissions committee as meeting our content requirements.

Students accepted into the program must notify the OT department within 1 week of receipt of their acceptance letter to FIU’s Professional Master in Occupational Therapy program confirmation of attendance. A waiting list of students is also identified.

*Applicants that meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be interviewed.

Transfer & International Students

Transfer and international students must meet additional university requirements before proceeding with an application. Visit the FIU Graduate School website for details.

About our Admissions and Program Policies

Florida International University and Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences policies, procedures, requirements and regulations are continually reviewed to serve the needs of the university/college’s publics and to respond to the mandates of the Florida Department of Education, Board of Governors, the Legislature, and other regulatory and accrediting agencies. Changes in programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and regulations may be made without notice.

Contact Us

For assistance or questions regarding our admission and/or application requirements, please contact the FIU Occupational Therapy department:

Tel: 305-348-6068
Fax: 305-348-1240
Email: occupthe@fiu.edu

For information about admissions:
Pre-Admission Advising | Ph: 305-348-7709 | Location: MMC, AHC3 - Room 123