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Application Process

Application to the MSOT Program

A candidate can only apply to one program, either the Traditional or Hybrid Program, each year and therefore must indicate either the traditional or hybrid program on the graduate application.  Maximum class size for the Traditional program is 40 and for the Hybrid program is 20. 

Admission to either program within the Occupational Science & Therapy department first requires completion of the Grand Valley State University graduate application, regardless of previous college attended. Candidates must complete all prerequisite courses and earn a bachelor's degree prior to entering the program. There will be no waivers or exceptions to this policy.

Completed applications should be submitted by January 15 for both the Traditional program and the Hybrid program. All paper application forms and supplemental application materials should be mailed to the Admissions Office, 1 Campus Dr. Allendale, MI 49401. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received and processed by Admissions by the January 15 deadline.

International student applicants should be able to communicate effectively in English and submit the following materials:

a) Original or certified original transcripts.

b) Written TOEFL score minimum of 550. The minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

c) Official transcript credential evaluation (e.g., WES, ECE)

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Application Process:

The GVSU Admissions office must receive the following for your application to be complete (For a printable checklist of the admissions requirements for this program, please click here) :

  1. Complete the Graduate School application online.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended through the Fall semester prior to January 15 deadline. Students are responsible for sending official transcripts at the end of each semester for proof of completion of prerequisites and if admitted to the program, to demonstrate progress towards or the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms within your online graduate application – One must be from an OTR and one must be from a professor or an employer if your degree is already completed
  4. Complete the Prerequisite GPA Calculation Form
    • At least 9 credit hours of prerequisites must be completed at the time of application. The elective and the statistics course are not included in this requirement. Each individual prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of C or better.
    • GPA scores for the prerequisite courses, and for the last 60 hours must both be at or above 3.0
    • A plan for completion of prerequisites, that are not fulfilled at the time of application, must also be included in the Prerequisite GPA Calculation form.
    • Mail this and all supplemental materials to the Admissions Office, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401.
  5. Complete the Achievement Profile Form detailing student accomplishments that reflect the core values of the program. (Examples for form – see here)
    • Mail this and all supplemental materials to the Admissions Office, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401
  6. Complete the Documentation of OT Experience Form detailing minimum of 50 hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist. All hours must be included.  A minimum of 50 hours must be completed in order for an application to be considered complete.  Volunteer hours accrued outside the United States will only account for a maximum of 25 of the required 50 hours.  
    • Mail this and all supplemental materials to the Admissions Office, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401

After the application deadline, the OT Admissions Committee will meet to review all completed applications. The top 60 for the Traditional program and the top 40 for the Hybrid program will be invited for the Next Step of the application process.

Next Step:

  • An interview and an onsite writing sample.
  • The candidates are ranked on a total score basis.
  • Traditional Program: The top 40 candidates (minus early admits from Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, and Hope College) are sent a letter offering them seats in the program. Candidates are asked to provide a written reply within a two week deadline. The balance of candidates over 40 are considered alternates for admission and are ranked according to total score. Each alternate candidate is offered admission one for one in rank order if any of the original 40 candidates declines admission.
  • Hybrid Program: The top 20 candidates (minus early admits from Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, and Hope College) are sent a letter offering them seats in the Program. They are asked to provide a written reply within a two week deadline. The balance of candidates over 20 are considered alternates for admission and are ranked according to total score. Each alternate candidate is offered admission one for one in rank order if any of the original 20 candidates declines admission.
  • Candidates who are not selected are informed once each cohort is filled and are welcome to request a meeting with a member of the OT Admissions Committee to discuss their application. This advising session is recorded and placed in the candidate’s program file for future reference.
  • Candidates who are not selected may reapply the following year.