Admission Requirements | Master of Occupational Therapy

Admission to the Carroll University Master of Occupational Therapy requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation. The program considers all qualified applicants without discrimination regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, or handicap that does not interfere with the performance of professional occupational therapy practice as provided by law. Thirty (30) students are admitted each summer based on individual merits.

Admission Process

Carroll utilizes the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) to collect application materials. The MOT Admissions Review Committee reserves the right to conduct interviews at its discretion.

All required application materials, including a VERIFIED OTCAS application, must be received by Carroll by December 1 each year. For the current application cycle only, the deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021.

Candidates are welcome to schedule an individual meeting with admission to discuss any questions about the program or application process at

Required Application Materials

  1. Verified OTCAS application The OTCAS verification process can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete, therefore early submission of application is highly recommended. Click on link for more details regarding the OTCAS verification process.
    The following items must be submitted directly to OTCAS and/or addressed within the OTCAS application:
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions. NOTE: Carroll University undergraduate students must also send all official transcripts directly to OTCAS
    • Three letters of reference – suggested authors include a college instructor, a supervisor and an occupational therapist
    • Pending coursework – no more than 2 courses can be pending at the time of application
    • Personal essay
    • GRE score report – Official GRE scores must be sent to Carroll/OTCAS with ETS code #1211. GRE scores must be current within the last 5 years
    • Carroll University supplemental questions
    • Evidence of exploration of the occupational therapy profession (volunteering, observations, internships and/or work experience within a setting where occupational therapy services are conducted). No additional documentation is required. Application updates are not accepted outside of OTCAS
    • Involvement in community service is highly recommended
  2. Carroll University MOT Program Supplemental $25.00 Fee

Prerequisite Coursework — One Semester Each

Prerequisites must be completed from an accredited junior college, college or university prior to matriculation. No more than 2 courses can be pending at the time of application. Most courses can be completed either in a classroom setting or online. Anatomy must be completed in a classroom setting within 5 years of matriculation, 3 years is preferred.

If a prerequisite course requirement is in question, please email Please include the school where the course was completed, course number and course description in your message. The MOT Admissions Review Committee may request a Petition for Prerequisite Substitution Form be submitted.

Minimum Requirements

COVID-19 Impact on Admission for 20-21 Application Cycle

Attributes of Competitive Candidates

Other Admission Information

Admitted Students

Admitted students are asked to respond to their offer of admission within 10 days of notification. A $500 seat deposit is required.

Admitted students must submit ALL official college transcripts directly to Carroll University prior to matriculation. Admitted students are required to have a completed health screening, updated immunizations and tuberculosis screening according to current Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for health professionals, background investigation and drug screening prior to matriculation.

International Applicants

International applicants and those who graduated from a non-US college or university must complete the following in addition to the above:

Please also see the Office of International Education for more information.

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