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Application Requirements & Admission Criteria

Applicants to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program are processed through St. Bonaventure's Free Occupational Therapy Program Application.

Application deadlines

Graduate applications to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis. A complete application requires that the application be electronically submitted, and that all official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal essay that addresses how you chose occupational therapy as a career have been received.

Once you have created an account and submitted the SBU Graduate Health Professions Application, you can upload application documents directly.

Once we receive your final documents, we will process your application and provide you with an admission decision within 1-2 weeks. All offers of admission will be provisional should you submit unofficial transcripts. If provisionally admitted to SBU, you must submit official transcripts prior to entering the program. 

We will continue to accept and process applications on a rolling-basis until we reach our class capacity. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

Should you require assistance with your application or have questions about our requirements, please email Dr. Theresa A. Vallone, interim director of occupational therapy. 

International and non-native English speaking applicants must contact Admissions for additional application requirements.

Prerequisite requirements

Students are welcome to apply to the MSOT program with pre-requisite courses in-progress or planned. Applicants with outstanding pre-requisites who otherwise meet our criteria will be offered provisional admission.

All outstanding coursework must be completed with a letter grade of C or higher prior to anticipated matriculation. All applicants must also submit an official college/university transcript from within the United States or Canada showing proof of degree completion (B.S. or B.A.) prior to anticipated matriculation. 

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    Application process

    Simply meeting the pre-requisites and submitting an application will not guarantee acceptance into the program. The Admissions Committee will decide which applicants are selected for admission.

    If your application is not complete, you will be notified and your application process will halt until corrections or additions are made.

    Once reviewed by an Admissions team member, the application will be either closed (and proceed no further) or recommended for St. Bonaventure OT Admissions Committee review. The committee will then make one of these final determinations:
    1. the applicant is accepted
    2. the applicant is placed on an “active” list for future consideration
    3. the applicant is informed that he/she has not been selected

  • Transfer Student Policy

    Students requesting the transfer of credits for occupational therapy coursework will have the course syllabi reviewed and approved by the program director. Only course credits that were earned at ACOTE-approved OT or OTA programs and that meet ACOTE standards for the course content will be considered. 

  • Tech requirements 2Technology requirements and assistance

    Recommendations for technology needed for the classroom and distance-learning components of the occupational therapy program are listed on SBU’s Technology Services webpage. Technology Services makes no preferences as to the make or model of any computer coming on to our network. We offer the following general recommendations: 
    • Windows Operating System: Windows 10
    • Macintosh OS 10.x
    • Minimum of 8 Gb of RAM for memory
    • Solid-state hard drive of at least 240 Gb
    • Microsoft Office — available to download free from your student Office 365 account (see instructions on your MySBU portal under Tech Assistance)
    • Virus protection
    In addition, students are expected to have access to reliable internet access and a webcam.