Graduate Admissions

How to Apply:

The deadline for the Fall 2018 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – Entry Level program has passed.  Alvernia will be accepting applications for Fall 2019 beginning July 1, 2018.

Along with your completed application accompanied by $50 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. The application process opens July 1, 2018 for the entry level MSOT program that will begin in the Fall 2019 Semester. Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Because there is lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

  • Complete your online application. While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. We strongly recommend using either Firefox or Chrome browsers when completing the online application.

  • Order your official transcript(s). Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all institutions are required. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate and graduate work is required for full acceptance.

Evidence of completion of the following course work with a grade of “C” or higher:

  • A minimum of six (6) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of human anatomy and physiology with a lab component.
  • A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of introduction to sociology or anthropology.
  • A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of introduction to psychology.
  • A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of lifespan development or developmental psychology.
  • A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of abnormal psychology.
  • A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours(or the equivalent) of statistics

These credit hours must be completed prior to full matriculation into the program.

  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters are accepted from former professors, employers, or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences, or from religious or community leaders. 

  • Essay Questions. Using a 12-point font, double spacing and a maximum of 2-pages; respond to the following questions. What is occupational therapy? What do you expect to gain from an occupational therapy education? Why do you want to study occupational therapy at Alvernia University?

  • Scores from a graduate entrance exam. Scores submitted from a graduate entrance exam such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Alvernia University's GRE institution code is 2431 to be used when taking the test or requesting to have the results sent here. This requirement will be waived for Alvernia alumni, and other students who have earned a bachelor’s degree within 5 years prior to submitting an application.

  • Observation. A minimum of 100 hours of observation of occupational therapy practitioners working in a clinical setting is required. Please download the site observation form and fill out appropriately.

  • Additional Evidence of potential for success. Items such as academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work, and completion of specialized examinations. (not required, but encouraged)

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