Application Deadline

The application will open August 1. To be guaranteed consideration, the applications to The Graduate School and OTCAS are to be submitted by December 1.

Program Begins



Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program

Please visit the OT Admissions Overview.

     For program consideration, applicants will have the following:

  1. Minimum of a bachelor's degree with an overall undergraduate degree grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Specific prerequisite courses and other requirements that are detailed on the Academic OT Admission Requirements.      
      1. Prerequisite course GPA at or above a 3.0 (B) with grades of "C" (2.0) or higher in each prerequisite course with the exception of anatomy as noted here. The average prerequisite GPA for the most recently admitted cohort was 3.5.
      2. No more than three remaining prerequisites completed in the spring semester to be considered for admission.
  3. Minimum of 40 hours of volunteer observation with an occupational therapist in at least two different practice setting.
  4. Letters of reference
  5. Personal statement
  6. Video essay

The application process has three parts, as outlined below.

  1. Application to The Graduate School
    • After completing the Graduate School application, download this document and save it as a PDF file, then upload to OTCAS, as outlined in #2 below.
  2. Application to OTCAS
    • For details, visit Apply to OTCAS
    • Submit letters of recommendations, official transcripts, personal statement, and verification of volunteer observation with an occupational therapist.
      • DO NOT submit these within the JMU Graduate School application. 

Finalize application by January 10 with the following that are sent directly to

  • Video essay
  • Copies of fall semester unofficial transcripts (for those enrolled in prerequisites).
  • Proof of spring semester enrollment for any additional outstanding prerequisites.
  • For details, visit Finalize Application.


Students accepted into the program from another college/university will be required to identify acquired information seeking skills and computer competency once coursework begins.

Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation



The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


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