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Admission for MSOT | Selection Procedure | Background Checks

Pre-Admission Advising:

Tel: 305-348-7709 | Location: MMC, AHC3 – Room 123


Application Procedures and Deadline

Application Deadline for Admission to Fall 2019 Program: February 1st, 2019

Florida International University uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please visit to create your OTCAS account. All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS and the University Graduate School:

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120 Watertown, MA 02471

Phone: 617–612–2860

Where to Send Your Application:
OTCAS must receive the application, references, and transcripts by February 1, 2019. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to Florida International University. Please note that Florida International University cannot access unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS.

For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2860,

For other questions, please contact the Florida International University OT Office at: Phone: (305) 348-6068 | Fax: (305) 348-1240 | Email:

Please note:

  • OTCAS does not accept GRE scores at this time. The GRE scores should be submitted directly to Florida International University Graduate School along with official transcripts.
  • OTCAS does not accept paper references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system.
  • GRE scores must be sent to Florida International University Graduate School- school code: 5206.
  • The official mailing address for transcripts is:
    Florida International University
    Graduate Admissions BT 101
    11200 SW 8th Street
    Miami, Fl 33199

Admission Requirements – MSOT Program

The Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program (MSOT) program grants admission once a year for the fall semester of each academic year. Florida International University participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please visit the website to submit your application. Additionally, you will need to apply to the Graduate School at Florida International University. To be considered for admittance to the FIU MSOT degree program, students must:

  1. Hold a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA average based on a 4.0 scale in upper division courses of the bachelor’s degree.
  3. Required cumulative 3.0 GPA for all prerequisite courses.
  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses prior to the start of the fall admission term with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Biology with Lab
    • Statistics
    • Medical Terminology
  5. A grade of “B” or above must be earned in the following 4 courses: 3 of these 4 courses must be completed prior to the application submission deadline. However, all four of the courses must be completed prior to the start of the fall admission term.
    • Pathology
    • Physiology
    • Neuroscience (3000 level or higher)
    • Anatomy and Anatomy Lab (3000 level or higher)
  6. Complete OTCAS application by deadline with all required information: biographical information, a personal essay, 3 names for references, work experience, activities, accomplishments and recognitions, and other pertinent information.
  7. Complete the FIU Graduate School application which can be accessed below. Please note that 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.
  8. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores must be received by FIU Graduate School by the application deadline. (School code: 5206). 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.    
  9. Complete all admission requirements by the first Friday in February.
  10. 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; 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 at

     FIU Supplemental application

Required prerequisite courses: Prerequisite courses must be taken within 5 years of application.

  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • Biology with Lab (4 credits)**
  • Human Anatomy and Lab (4 credits, 3000 level or higher)
  • Human Physiology (3 credits)**
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Pathology (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1-3 credits)
  • Neuroscience (3 credit, 3000 level or higher) [offered by OT department every Summer and Fall-OTH 4418)

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

Admission is competitive and submission of application materials does not guarantee admission into the program. Applications will be reviewed by the OT 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 when the admissions committee begins to review applications.

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Admissions Timeline   

First Friday in February

  • Application deadline. All materials must be submitted to OTCAS and supplemental application must be submitted to the FIU Graduate School including GRE scores.
  • Any application material submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • If your OTCAS application has not been verified, make sure to continue to check your verification on OTCAS. You are responsible for keeping track of your verification status thru OTCAS. If you have any questions regarding your OTCAS application please contact them at (617) 612-2860.


February and March

  • Review and admission of qualified applicants will begin for fall term.
  • An email confirming receipt of admission materials will be sent to those who have been verified by OTCAS and referred to the OT Department by the FIU Graduate School. All correspondents will be made thru the email address you provided on your OTCAS application.
  • Only verified and referred applications will be considered for admissions.


April and May

  • Acceptance letters are mailed.
  • Applicants may be interviewed.



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


Late August

  • Mandatory new student orientation /Classes begin
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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.

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Background Checks & Drug Screening

All accepted incoming students, as part of the admission process, must comply with the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) policy for health and immunization screening and background check. The health and immunization screening includes the following requirements:

          • Immunization and/or titers of:
            • Varicella, Rubeola and Rubella, Mumps or MMR vaccine
            • Tetanus Toxoid booster; diphtheria; pertussis, or ADACEL vaccine
            • Hepatitis B Vaccine (3 doses)
            • PPD- 2 step-if 1st time taker
            • Medical history and Physical
            • CPR/BLS – for health care providers from AHA
            • Proof of major medical health insurance coverage
            • 7 year employment verification

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