Murray State University is no longer accepting applications for the first cohort of students to begin in June 2018. We will begin reviewing applications in mid-July 2018 through mid-January 2019 for the next cohort.
Murray State University has been granted candidacy status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Admission optionsClick the arrow for more information
The accelerated, or 3+2 route, provides you an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years. Only Murray State Exercise Science students that complete specific requirements* will be eligible to apply for the accelerated option. If accepted into the professional program, conferral of the bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science will occur after the fourth year of study and conferral of the MSOT degree will occur upon completion of all MSOT program requirements.
Murray State's Accelerated route eligibility requirements:
- 30 or fewer credit hours to complete the requirements of an EXS baccalaureate degree
- overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2 at the time of admission
Related University Policy
NOTE: Federal regulations permit undergraduate students to receive financial assistance only for coursework required for their current degree program. Students who are enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate coursework in the same semester will receive less financial aid than if only enrolled for undergraduate coursework. Students are strongly advised to contact Murray State University’s Office of Financial Aid to find out how their financial aid amount would be adjusted. University scholarship, tuition waivers, athletic certification, and veteran’s benefits may also be impacted. Graduate tuition will be charged for all coursework upon accelerated graduate admission.
The traditional route is if you have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited university. If you have completed (or will complete prior to admission) all MSOT program requirements, including specific prerequisite coursework, etc. you are eligible to apply for MSOT program admission.
*You must meet the Murray State University requirements for graduate programs (see Graduate Admissions).
Grade point average (GPA)
GPA requirements vary depending on the applicant’s route of entry
- Accelerated route: A cumulative and prerequisite GPA of greater than or equal to 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required.
- Traditional route: A cumulative and prerequisite GPA of greater than or equal to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
Occupational therapy-related experience
The applicant must provide documentation of at least 80 clock hours of observation, volunteer, or paid experience in two or more occupational therapy settings. At least half of the required hours must be under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.
The applicant must provide three professional recommendations. At least one of the recommendations must be from a licensed OT who has supervised the applicants work, volunteer or observation time in the clinical setting. The other two references must be from a professional interaction. References must provide insight as to the applicant’s professionalism and potential as a graduate student.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The applicant must provide scores from the GRE taken within the past five years. Upload your GRE score report to OTCAS
Prior to the deadline, the applicant must apply through Occupational Therapy College Application Service (OTCAS) to Murray State University
English proficiency requirements
Students who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. This can be done by submitting a satisfactory score on the GRE as well as the TOEFL or IELTS, taken within two years of the date of application. The MSOT program at Murray State requires a TOEFL (iBT) score of 90 with no less than 20 on each sub-score. An overall score of 6.5 with no section below 6.0.
An Applicant with coursework/degree(s) from outside the United States must have his/her transcripts reviewed by Murray State's International Admissions Office or an approved credentialing agency. An original report must be submitted.
- Create an account to submit application at otcas.org and complete all sections as directed.
- Enter all current and completed college courses
you will need a personal copy of transcripts from all colleges & universities attended to complete.
- Download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to OTCAS [in the Colleges Attended section].
- Complete all sections in the Program Materials area. Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.
- Submit your completed application to OTCAS with the appropriate program designated.
- Wait to hear from Murray State Occupational Therapy Program via email regarding the status of your application.
- When invited for interview, apply for Graduate School at Murray State University
If eligible, applicants will be invited for an interview with a faculty member, once application process close
All students must successfully complete prerequisite coursework with a grade of B or better. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities the applicant attended must be submitted. At least 6 of the 8 required courses must be complete to be considered for admittance. The remaining courses, if applicable, must be completed satisfactorily prior to the start of OT coursework, and by the end of Murray State University Spring Semester. All courses must be taken from an accredited university/college.
- Human Anatomy (BIO 227/228) and Human Physiology (BIO 229/230) with a minimum of 8 credit hours, both require lab. Please note, Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses are acceptable, but not offered at MSU.
- College Chemistry (CHE 111 or 201) or Physics with lab (no introduction courses) with a minimum of 4-5 credit hours
- Psychology (PSY 180) 3 credit hours
- Lifespan/Developmental Psychology (PSY 260) 3 credit hours
- Abnormal Psychology (PSY 307) 3 credit hours
- Statistics (STA 135) 3-4 credit hours
- Medical Terminology (BIO 120 & 220) 2-3 credit hours
Required after accepatance
Admittance will be contingent upon receipt of official documentation providing proof of satisfactory completion of the following:
- Current Basic Life Support certification
- Professional Liability Insurance (admitted students will be provided detailed requirements of coverage)
- Physical examination
- Drug screen
- Immunization record (including Hepatitis B or signed HBV waiver, influenza, and TB)
- Criminal background check
- Child and Family Service Review
Students in the MSOT program must have a laptop computer that includes wireless connection to the internet. Murray State University uses a distance learning platform and Canvas for online work. Students will be required to upload documents and assignments, download & access videos and other electronic information for class materials.