Application Deadline

The application will open July 15. This is a three-part process with the applications to The Graduate School, submitting video to the JMU MOT program and applying through OTCAS. The OTCAS application will open July 22, 2021.

Early Decision Deadline: Applicants who have completed all requirements and would like to be considered for early decision should submit completed applications, on or before 11:59 pm on August 21, 2021. The remainder of admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Early decisions will be made at the end of October. Early Decision applicants who meet admission criteria and are not offered acceptance in October may be considered as part of the Regular Decision pool.

Regular Decision Deadline: All application materials should be submitted on or before 11:59 pm on December 1, 2021 (including the video).

Positions will be offered on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Program Begins

 Summer (June)


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

For program consideration, applicants will have the following:

1. Minimum of a bachelor's degree with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher

2. Specific prerequisite courses and other requirements that are detailed on Academic OT Admission Requirements .

a. 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 and physiology courses where a B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) is required. The average prerequisite GPA for the most recently admitted cohort was 3.7.

b. No more than three remaining prerequisites completed in the spring semester to be considered for admission. Should an applicant be taking prerequisites at the time of application, additional transcripts must be submitted to verify grades and enrollment in courses. Students applying for Early Decision Deadline must have completed all program prerequisites before they apply.

3. Reference/Evaluations (In OTCAS), including individuals who have observed you in volunteer or work capacities.

4. Personal statement (in OTCAS)

5. Video essay

Note that program policies regarding observation/shadowing experiences are modified for 2021-2022 admissions cycle in response to COVID-19.

6. Applicants are encouraged to complete 40 observation hours in at least two different practice settings but we will accept fewer hours and observation hours in only one setting. Applicants may observe either occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants. We are using the system in OTCAS to verify those hours and we are not requiring completion of the JMU Observation Verification form.

If an applicant is unable to complete any observation hours due to the unique circumstances posed by COVID-19, please contact our program at

The application process has three parts, as outlined below:

1. Application to The Graduate School

o After completing the Graduate School application, download this document and save it as a PDF file, then upload to your OTCAS application, as outlined in #2 below. Visit How to Apply (Step One)

2. Create your video essay, send the link by email to

o For details, visit How to Apply (Step Two)

o Follow the directions in OTCAS regarding references, official transcripts, personal statement, and volunteer/observation hours.

 Do not submit these within the JMU Graduate School application.

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

Copies of fall semester unofficial transcripts (for those enrolled in program 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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