Admissions to Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
(For students with an undergraduate degree)


Application for Graduate Admission at Chicago State University

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college should apply directly to the graduate college. An application can be obtained from the CSU Graduate School office located Cook Administration Building, Room 306.

Students applying for graduate admission at Chicago State University must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the final 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate courses.

Application to the Occupational Therapy Program

The Department of Occupational Therapy application forms and all supporting documents should be submitted directly to the department secretary located in Douglas Hall Room 132. (Download Application Form-Word document).

Eligibility for Admission

All students are strongly encouraged to attend a departmental information session (held monthly) prior to applying to determine eligibility for admission.


Students with a bachelor’s degree must have completed the defined 28 credit hours of prerequisite courses. Students' grade point average for the required  pre-requisites must be above 3.0 for consideration. The anatomy and physiology courses must have been taken within 5 years of admission to the program. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for their last 60 hours of coursework. A limited number of students with a GPA of 2.9 to 2.99 may qualify for conditional admission. Conditional admission status is removed when a student achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the first semester of the professional occupational therapy program. Conditional admission can be granted for students completing prerequisite courses. All courses must be completed by the summer semester of the year applying.


Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the academic year. Students are enrolled full-time and part-time into the MOT program only once a year in the fall semester. Class size is limited and admission is competitive. Dependent on the number of qualified applicants a waiting list may be created. Applicants placed on the waiting list will be notified of their status and rank on this list. If slots become available, applicants on the waiting list will be offered admission in rank order.
The Department of Occupational Therapy application and all supporting documents are to be submitted directly to the department. Although Chicago State University accepts applications on a continuous basis for most graduate programs, students interested in obtaining admission for the fall term, should complete the admission process by February 1st. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

The fall application deadline will be extended to March 15th of each year only if admission slots are available.



Each applicant must submit two (2) recommendations using the prescribed department form. One recommendations must be from an upper division teacher (courses above the 200 level) and the other may be from another instructor or from an employer, work supervisor or community service supervisor. No recommendations will be accepted from relatives.

The applicant should complete the top of the recommendation form and provide a stamped return envelope to the evaluator. The evaluator must return the recommendation form directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy in a signed and sealed envelope. (Download Recommendation form- Word Document).

Human Service Experience

Each applicant must submit a Human Service Experience Form. The top of the form is completed by the applicant and describes their experience and duties. A supervisor who is directly aware of the applicant’s duties and duration of experience completes the bottom of the form. The evaluator must return the form directly to the Department of  Occupational Therapy in a signed and sealed envelope. (Download Human Service Experience Form-Word document)


Each applicant must submit a typed essay with his or her application. This 1000 word essay should explain the applicant’s reason for pursuing a career in occupational therapy and how the applicant’s human service experience has enhanced their interpersonal skills. The essay should provide specific examples that demonstrate the applicant’s compassion, sensitivity to others, interpersonal skills and how the human service experience has impacted personal growth.


Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview session with members of the Occupational Therapy Admission Committee. Students whose application does not meet the admission requirements may be invited to meet with the program director to discuss options for strengthening their application.

If there are any questions regarding the application process for the Master of Occupational Therapy program, please feel free to contact the department at 773-995-2366.

Prerequisite Requirements for MOT Students

For students with an undergraduate degree, the following prerequisites are required:

  • Anthropology or Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Anatomy *
  • Human Physiology *
  • Cadaver Lab (30 hours) *
  • Introduction to OT

* The anatomy and physiology courses must be taken within 5 years of admission to the professional program.


Admission Forms