Application Requirements

In order to be eligible for acceptance into East Carolina University's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MS) program, the following requirements must be met.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional association or evidence that a baccalaureate degree will be conferred before the start of the program in the fall. We welcome a baccalaureate degree from any discipline, as long as the prerequisite courses are completed as required.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate work is required, but a 3.5 or above will be competitive for admission consideration.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. *Please use GRE code 5180 for submitting scores to East Carolina University.* To be considered a competitive applicant, it is recommended that GRE scores should be at least the 50th percentile on ALL sections of the GRE. Specifically, both Quantitative and Verbal scores should be 151 or above and writing should be 3.5 or above.
  4. Acceptable TOEFL or TSL scores for non-English speaking foreign students.
  5. Applicants may apply before completing all prerequisites; however, at least 4 of the anatomy/physiology credits must be completed prior to the November 1 deadline. It is also recommended 15 of the 25 required prerequisite credits be completed by November 1.
    • Prerequisites may be taken at any university or college. ALL prerequisites must be completed before you begin the program.
    • ECU's OCCT 3000 Exploring Occupational Therapy is not a required prerequisite, but it is strongly recommended. Successful applicants have indicated the course enhanced their application. It is offered online and/or in a face-to-face format.
    • Students must receive B- (2.7) or better to be considered passing these prerequisite credits. Competitive students submit applications with prerequisite grades higher than the minimum in most of the courses.

Course Equivalencies

This chart is provided for your convenience. It lists equivalencies between ECU courses and popular universities from which a student may apply. Please note that universities change their course offerings on a regular basis and the courses included here may or may not still be accurate. It is your responsibility to check with your institution to see which equivalent courses are available to you.

The list provided here is not exhaustive. We accept courses taken at community colleges and universities as long as they are accredited. If you cannot take a course at your institution, you may need to seek the equivalent offering at a local community college or explore other options. We accept online prerequisites for all courses but recommend taking anatomy and physiology coursework face-to-face.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a B- or above prior to beginning the MSOT program. Four credits of anatomy and physiology are required at time of application.

10.25.18 OT Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart

* These courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to beginning the MSOT program.

Prerequisite Course Equivalencies (pdf)