(For students with an undergraduate degree)
Admission to The Graduate School at Chicago State University
Application to the Occupational Therapy Program
Prerequisite Requirements for MOT Students
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 graduate
admissions office located Cook Administration Building, Room 128.
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.
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 2.75 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 thier 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.
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
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.
For students with an undergraduate degree, the following prerequisites are required:
- Anthropology or Sociology
- Developmental Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Medical Terminology
- Intro to Computer Science (required through 2013)
- 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