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How Do I Apply to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program?

2014-2015 Application Process  

The application for the professional (entry-level) Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree is submitted online to East Carolina University's Graduate School.

The application process is a two-phase process with all applicants completing Phase One and then invited applicants only completing Phase Two. Please see below for descriptions of these two application phases.

1. Phase One- Graduate School Application

Applications are accepted from October 1 to January 10. The application must be started and the fee MUST be paid by January 10th to be considered. Applicants are allowed an extra 7 days for letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts to be received. However, all components of the application MUST be completed and received by the Graduate School by 5:00pm EST January 17th for consideration.Unfinished applications after this deadline will NOT be considered for admission. Applications will be considered AFTER the January 10th deadline when ALL applications will be reviewed at the same time.

A completed application includes:

1. A completed Graduate School Application

2. GRE Scores (quantitative, verbal, and writing)

3. Official transcripts from all schools, colleges, or universities attended

4. Two reference letters (Reference letters may be submitted through Reference Management to which you will be guided upon completion of the Graduate School Application)

For additional information about these elements, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.


  • All parts of the application for the Occupational Therapy Program should be attached to the online application or sent directly to the following address: East Carolina University, Graduate School Admissions, 131 Ragsdale, Greenville, NC, 27858-4353. Please do not send transcripts or other materials to the Department of Occupational Therapy, as this will delay your application process.
  • Ensure your email on the application will be valid throughout the application process so that you will be able to receive updated notifications from the Graduate School and potential invitation for Phase Two of the application process.

(For questions about the online process, please contact the Graduate School at Specific programmatic questions regarding East Carolina University's Occupational Therapy Program should be directed to or phone 252-744-6199.)


2. Phase Two- Supplemental Application and Interview

After initial review by the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee, a pool of applicants will be invited by email to submit a Supplemental Application and complete an electronic interview. The dates for completion will be identified at this time. Applicants will be allotted approximately 10-14 days to complete the Supplemental Application and Interview.

Supplemental Application:

1. Goal Statements- Applicants will be asked to respond in writing to questions referred to collectively as the Goal Statement. The applicant's personal responses assist the Admissions Committee in determining if the applicant is a good fit for our program, faculty members, and perspective of occupational therapy. The brief responses should reflect genuine impressions about you as an individual and a future professional. A word limit has been established for each question. Spelling and grammar will be considered. Questions may change from year to year but past questions have included:

  • Express your reason(s) for pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy.
  • Explain why you believe East Carolina University's occupational therapy program is the right program for you.
  • Describe your greatest achievement in scholarship, leadership, and/or service.
  • Reflect on your personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Research is a component of our program. Describe what you believe can be your contribution in the program.
  • Explain what occupational therapy means to you.
2.  Prerequisite Course Descriptions and Plan of Action – This section provides information to the Admissions Committee on the prerequisite courses and how applicants plan to complete the prerequisites before starting the program.Official course descriptions of all prerequisites NOT taken at ECU must be included with the application. These official course descriptions will be used to determine if the prerequisite meets the standards for the required course content. It is the applicant's responsibility to assure that the content of non-ECU courses is equivalent to those listed below. Prerequisites are carefully selected, as course content of the occupational therapy program is built upon the information in these courses. In other words, there is essential content in each prerequisite course and as students begin the program, it is assumed that the students are competent (i.e., current and knowledgeable) in the knowledge from all of these prerequisites.

3. Resume – Applicants invited to Phase Two will be requested to submit a ONE-PAGE resume highlighting important experiences and MUST use the provided template and directions. Applicants will be given instructions on how to submit this resume in their invitation to Phase Two. However, due to the quick turn-around of the Phase Two application, the Admissions Committee is providing the resume template here so that applicants can begin preparing this document prior to receiving the invitation.

If you have any questions about prerequisites, contact Dr. Donica, the Director of Admissions,

Electronic Interview:

Phase Two of the application process includes completion of an Electronic Interview using a web-based tool. This interview will require you to have access to a device with an internet connection and a camera/video recording feature with microphone. You will be given specific details at the time of your invitation. This interview will be a way to ask you questions and then you record your responses by video while not requiring an on-site interview. The responses will be reviewed after the submission deadline. We anticipate that the entire interview will take less than 30 minutes.