College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

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Admission Procedures for the Professional Entry-Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted from October 1 to January 10 for the next fall class. The application must be started and the fee MUST be paid by January 10th to be considered. 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.

Application Process

The application for the professional (entry-level) master's degree occupational therapy is submitted online to East Carolina University's Graduate School.  

  1. The link for specific instructions on how to complete the general Graduate School Application:
  2. Reference letters may be submitted through
  3. Submit your supplemental application here:

A completed application includes:

  • Online graduate application
  • GRE Scores
  • Official transcripts from all schools, colleges, or universities attended,
  • Two references letters (available on-line through the Graduate School),
  • Supplemental Application:
    • Goal statement (see below for instructions on this component)
    • Prerequisite Course Descriptions and Plan of Action

IMPORTANT:  All parts of the application for the Occupational Therapy Program should be attached to the online application or sent directly to East Carolina University, Graduate School Admissions, 131 Ragsdale, Greenville, NC, 27858-4353.  Online reference letters are now available through the Graduate School website.  Please do not send transcripts or other materials to the Department of Occupational Therapy, as this will delay your 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.

When the application is considered complete by East Carolina's Graduate School, the application is sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy.  All applications will be consideration by the Admission's Committee after the deadline of January 10th.  

Minimum Requirements for Application

  • 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.
  • Eighteen of the 25 required prerequisite credits must be completed by end of fall semester during the admissions window.
  • Applicants from colleges and universities other than East Carolina must include course descriptions of the required prerequisites.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate work.
  • Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  Scores should equal or exceed 1000 (verbal and quantitative total) with the former scoring system, and 300 (verbal and quantitative total) with the new scoring system.  Analytical writing scores may be considered.
  • Acceptable TOEFL or TSL scores for non-English speaking foreign students.
  • Admitted students over the last two years have had an average GPA of 3.57 and GRE of 307 (verbal and quantitative) and 4.0 writing.


Prerequisites may be taken at any university or college. The introductory course 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 face to face.

Applicants may apply before completing all of the required prerequisites.Starting with 2014 admissions, 18 of the 25 required prerequisite credits MUST be completed by the end of the fall semester during the admissions window. Therefore, updated transcripts will need to be submitted by the January deadline to reflect completion of these prerequisite courses. In addition, ALL prerequisites must be completed before you begin the program.

Minimum, students must receive B- or better to be considered passing these prerequisite credits.  In review, competitive students submit applications with prerequisite grades much higher than the minimum.

Prerequisites Semester Hours Equivalent ECU Course Numbers
* Human Anatomy with Lab (or Anatomy and Physiology I with lab)


BIOL 2140 and 2141

* Human Physiology with Lab (or Anatomy and Physiology I with lab)


BIOL 2150 and 2151

* Statistics


MATH 2228 or BIOS 1500 or MATH 2283 or PSYC 2101

Developmental Psychology or other course with a focus on human development across the lifespan (can not be a Motor development course)


PSYC 3206

Abnormal Psychology


PSYC 4375

Reasoning course such as logic, ethics method or critical thinking


PHIL 1500 or PHIL 1175 or PHIL 1180 or PHIL 2275

Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Anthropology OR Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


SOCI 2110 or ANTH 1000 or ANTH 2200

Medical Terminology or demonstrate proficiency in medical terminology by passing an exam.

1 -3

HIMA 3000 or
ATEP 2800

Exploring Occupational Therapy (recommended, not required)


OCCT 3000




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

Supplemental Application Components 

In addition to the online Graduate School application, an applicant must submit a Goal Statement and the Prerequisite Course Description and Plan of Action.  Immediately below is a description of both and how to submit these components.

Goal Statement

As part of the application package, applicants need to complete several essays referred collectively as the Goal Statement. These questions assist the Admission's Committee in determining if the applicant is a good fit for our program, faculty members, and philosophy of occupational therapy. The answers should reflect genuine impressions about you as an individual and future professional. A word limit has been established for each question and spelling and grammar will be considered. Your Goal Statement is to be double spaced using a 12-point font (times new roman preferred). 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.

Prerequisite Course Descriptions and Plan of Action

The supplemental form provides the admission committee with information on the prerequisite courses that you have taken, are currently taking, and plan to take later but before beginning the program.  We need to know how you plan to complete the prerequisites, which is called your Plan of Action.

Course descriptions of all prerequisites not taken at ECU must be included with the application.  The actual course descriptions will be used to determine if the prerequisite meets the standards for the needed course content.  It is the applicant's responsibility to assure that the content of non-ECU courses is equivalent to those listed below.  In order to be successful in the program, it is imperative that the course content from the prerequisite courses be current, understood, and accessible to the applicant.  If you have any questions about prerequisites, contact Dr. Donica, the Director of Admissions,

To electronically complete the supplemental application, please click HERE:   



The Department of Occupational Therapy requires TWO letters of reference.  These should be from someone who knows you as an employee and/or someone who can speak to your accomplishments.  Frequently, one is from an employer and a second one is from an undergraduate advisor or professor.  These are best submitted electronically through the Graduate School online application process. The Graduate School provides you a link for electronic submission of references once you have a paid application submitted.