Occupational Therapy

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MS OCCT
December 14, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Academic Program Aid/Financial Assistance December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Linn Wakeford (linn_wakeford@med.unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator Tamara Mesko (tamara_mesko@med.unc.edu)
Address Division of Occupational Science
CB# 7122, Bondurant Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website med.unc.edu/ahs/ocsci/degree-programs
Phone 919-966-2451
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (see other requirements)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

One Letter of Recommendation MUST be from an occupational therapy practitioner (OT or OTA); the other two should be from recommenders who know the applicant relatively well and can comment on the applicant’s professional behaviors.

Prerequisite Courses:  The applicant will be asked to enter the courses s/he has taken corresponding with the required prerequisites.

FIXED Prerequisites:  Anatomy (with human lab component), Physiology, Abnormal Psychology and Statistics.

FLEXIBLE Prerequisites:  One course in each of the following categories (descriptions available on the division website shown above):  Human/Individual Behavior, Modes of Reasoning, Social Institutions and Systems, Occupation.  The applicant must enter the date the course was or will be completed and the grade obtained.  If the Occupation prerequisite was not taken for a grade, enter N/A.  For prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed, enter the anticipated date of completion in the online application.

Statement of Purpose: Each applicant should complete an essay of no more than 800 words responding to the following prompt:

UNC’s MSOT Program seeks to graduate practitioners who understand occupation from multiple perspectives, provide occupation-centered practice, develop innovative services in both typical and non-typical contexts, and contribute to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion locally, nationally, and globally. Our curriculum is grounded in Occupational Science with emphasis on how people engage in occupations as a part of diverse communities and cultures. Given the goals of the MSOT program noted above, please describe a) how they fit with your vision of yourself as an occupational therapy student and practitioner and b) your current and hoped for contributions toward justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Please use 3-5 references from peer-reviewed journals and/or other professional literature to support your perspectives, and use a standard method of citation (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.). 800-word limit, not including reference list.

Reflective Statement:  Upload a half page reflective statement addressing the course taken for the Occupation prerequisite.  In this statement, address: 1) the experience of learning a novel skill 2) the method of instruction and how it facilitated or hindered learning and 3) the influence of other learners on the learning process.  This statement should be uploaded as Additional Document #1.

Experience with Occupational Therapy:  Please upload a document listing the names of the occupational therapy practice sites observed, the type of practice (e.g., rehab, skilled nursing facility, school, in-patient, etc.), dates of observations, number of hours observed, and names and contact information of supervising occupational therapists at each site, using the table format shown below (in your own Word document). Upload this document as Additional Document #2.

COVID accommodations for December 2021 Applications: Telehealth observations are considered the same as in-person observations so please list them in the same way. If you attended workshops, presentations, webinars, etc. provided by occupational therapists about some aspect of OT practice, these will be counted toward your experience with OT for this year. Please list the name of the presentation, the date, the number of hours, the name of the presenting therapist, and who sponsored or provided the presentation (AOTA, NCOTA, etc.) in the same chart below.

Name of OT practice site or title of presentation Type of Practice (e.g., rehab, skilled nursing, school, etc) Dates of Observations or Presentation Number of Hours Observed Supervising or presenting OT OT contact information or name of presentation sponsor


Additional Information Document:  This document is OPTIONAL and is intended to let you provide information that is relevant to your desire to study occupational therapy at UNC, but does not fit into other places on the application. This may include information regarding special skills or achievements, or life circumstances that have influenced you. This information should not exceed one typed page. Upload this as Additional Document #3.

CASPER Situational-Judgement Test: The MSOT program is considering the addition of this additional tool to help identify applicant strengths in reasoning related to situations of human interaction. Applicant scores on this assessment will not be used alone to determine whether an applicant is a good fit for the program, but rather will be used as a part of a 10-item scoring system to view applicants holistically. At the time this program information is being written, we have not decided whether to use this tool. If we decide to do so, applicants will be notified about taking the assessment and/or a link will be provided within the application. There will be a cost to the applicant to take the CASPER (likely about $40) which is significantly less than the cost of the GRE, which has been eliminated as an application requirement.

*Admission to this program is offered only during the fall term. No other admission terms are available.