The GPA requirement to apply to the Professional
Master's Degree Program for Occupational Therapy program is
A bachelor’s degree with a minimum
GPA of 3.00 for full admission or a 2.75 GPA for
conditional admission and:
In order to meet the basic minimum
requirements for full admission to the Graduate School
an applicant must have 1) earned a baccalaureate degree
with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) in
either the cumulative units of the degree or the last 60
credits of the degree or 2) earned a master’s degree or
doctorate from a regionally accredited college or
In cases where the above minimum
standards are not met, the last 60 credits may include
courses taken beyond the baccalaureate degree that are
300-level or higher. Courses used for admissions
purposes may not be applied toward the graduate degree.
Since some individual programs may have additional
requirements and enrollment restrictions, meeting the
above minimum requirements may not ensure admission to a
specific program. Please refer to the program listing
for specific requirements.
following nine prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the
MS program. In order to apply,
five of the nine prerequisites must be completed at the time of
application. You may take the remaining
four prerequisites in the Spring and Summer semesters (two per
semester) prior to beginning the program. If you submit your
application with less than five prerequisites completed, your application will not
It is highly
recommended if you are an out-of-state applicant you submit a
prerequisite evaluation complete with course descriptions, to the Admissions Coordinator. Please
refer the box to the right for details.
Applicants must complete the following two
courses with a minimum grade of B-:
English Composition *
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (taken
within the last five years)
Applicants must complete
the following seven admission prerequisite courses with a minimum grade
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (taken
within the last five years)
Physics (must cover mechanics and include a lab)
Human Development (must cover the entire lifespan from conception to death)
Please note that Medical Terminology is required to be completed before entering the program(must be taken at a community college or four year institution)
* CLEP cannot be used for English
Application Procedure and Guidelines - Deadline to
Apply: February 1
In previous years we have used
a supplemental application. If you have downloaded this application,
please disregard any application instructions included within the
supplemental application and refer to the
process below as how to apply:
To apply to the Professional Master's Degree Program for
Occupational Therapy :
1) Apply to Towson University's School of Graduate Studies
through University Admissions. This can be completed online here not later than February 1st.
You should not fill out the
You do not need to submit a
written statement or any materials with this
The only aspects of this
application that needs to be completed are the
applicant information and the application fee.
2) Once you have completed the online application to Towson
must apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
All transcripts and application materials must be submitted
to OTCAS, anything that is sent to Towson University will not be
accepted. All applications must be completed and all materials
must be received at OTCAS by February 1.
The GRE is
not required by the MS program of Towson University and will not go
towards the evaluation of your application. OTCAS will ask you for
your GRE scores but you do not have to fill out that information.
Recommendations (submitted in OTCAS)
Three recommendations from the following references:
Human Service Activity Supervisor
Professional - refers to anyone you have worked
for or with in a professional capacity
Professional or Faculty
References from family, friends, or spiritual mentors will not be accepted.
Reference letters do not have to be included, only the forms are required.
Human Service Activity
Complete and verify at least 30 hours of human service activity.
This work or volunteer experience must have involved
direct interaction with people
with disabilities and/or illness and/or other disadvantages.
Examples include work/volunteer experience in hospitals, nursing
homes, rehabilitation facilities, senior centers, drug
rehabilitation programs, programs for the homeless, camps and/or
attendant care for a child, an adolescent or an adult with special
needs. The following experiences do not satisfy this requirement:
babysitting children who do not have disabilities and
administrative/ clerical work. All 30 hours of human service
activity must have been completed within two years of the screening
deadline. The 30 hours must have been completed in no more than
three different settings, and the applicant must have been in each
setting for at least 10 hours.
IMPORTANT: To indicate this experience on the OTCAS application, please fill
out the section entitled "Application > Occupational Therapy
Observation Hours." Even though this section is entitled
"Occupational Therapy Observation Hours" please refer to the above
requirements for the experience. To reiterate the requirement; It
does not have to be with an occupational therapist however it does have
to be a direct interaction.. Please ignore the sections where it is
asking for the Occupational Therapist license number and the state of licensure. All
other sections must be filled out.
Within the OTCAS system you will see instructions pertaining to
the essay requirements in a section entitled "Application > Personal
For more information regarding admission prerequisite courses and other aspects of the application process, contact: CHP Admissions Coordinator Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252-0001, or call 410-704-2653.
Early Admission Option for Professional Master’s Degree Program
Students are eligible for early admission to the Professional Master’s Degree Program if they have:
a 3.60 GPA (based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate
& post-baccalaureate course work)
meet the prerequisite requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.4
or better in your top five prerequisites (grade requirements for the
prescreening courses must meet regular admission criteria).
Complete all other aspects of the application.
The application deadline for Early Admission is January 1.
Please note that Early Admissions is rolling and has limited space availability
Early admission is offered on a limited basis and guarantees the student a place in the next upcoming class.
Students interested in this option must contact the College of Health Profession's
Early Admissions for the fall 2013 Professional Master's Degree Program is currently full
Applicants will be reviewed for regular admissions, the deadline to apply is February 1, 2013
Deferral of Acceptance Policy
If you are accepted into the Professional MS
program and you are unable to attend, you have the option of
deferring your acceptance for one year. This option will be
listed on the "Intent Form" that accepted applicants receive when
decision letters are sent out at the end of each application cycle.
If you do not indicate a deferral on this form then you will
not be able to defer your acceptance at a later date
and must re-apply to the program.
If you are an out-of-state applicant you are required to get a
prerequisite evaluation prior to applying in order to determine if the
courses you have taken or will be taking, will meet Towson's equivalency