Required Materials for MSOT Application
1. Official transcript(s) sent directly to OTCAS showing evidence of completion of (or intention to complete) a baccalaureate degree. The Boston University MSOT program does not require a particular undergraduate concentration, and we encourage applicants with a diversity of backgrounds. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is required. Prerequisite courses taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree are not counted toward the GPA.
2. Scores on the aptitude portion of the GRE General Test. GREs must be taken within the past five years. Boston University recommends the following minimum GRE scores: Verbal 500+, Quantitative 500+, and Analytical Writing 4.5+. (With the new GRE scoring system, the verbal and quantitative scores correspond to 153+ and 144+, respectively.) Official scores should arrive by December 15 at Boston University Sargent College (institution code 3028, department code 0618). Because our program requires strong critical thinking and writing skills, we use the GRE as one indicator of an applicant’s competency in these areas.
If GRE scores are below the minimum in any area (especially the verbal), we recommend retaking the exam. There are some excellent study guides available to help students prepare for these exams, and sample test questions are posted on the GRE’s website at www.gre.org. There is no limit on the number of times a student is allowed to retake the GRE. We will use the highest score from each section. Students who anticipate retaking the GREs should plan accordingly and allow sufficient time for the retaken scores to arrive at Boston University Sargent College by December 15.
3. One special essay question is required separately from the OTCAS application. Please send this essay in a single electronic document to the Boston University OT Office (email@example.com). The essay should include the question at the top, and the response should be double-spaced and two pages maximum. The purpose of the essay is to evaluate the applicant’s understanding of and commitment to the profession, as well as the applicant’s thought process and writing ability. The essay question is as follows:
If you were alone on a desert island, what one object would you take with you, and why? What one activity would you miss most from your everyday life, and why?
4. Three letters of reference, to be submitted electronically or in paper form directly to OTCAS. One should be from a person who can address your intellectual and academic abilities. One should be from a supervisor in professional or other work capacity who can address work performance, service commitment, or other areas of your background that may be pertinent. The third reference may be from any category. It is most important that persons providing references know you well so that they can provide specific examples of your strengths and accomplishments.
5. Official transcripts indicating completion of the six (6) prerequisite courses (described on the MSOT Prerequisite Courses wepage) at the college level. A minimum grade of B– is required.
A. All transcripts for prerequisites that you have taken or are currently taking should be sent directly to OTCAS. (Any questions related to the submission of transcripts should be directed to OTCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617–612–2860).
B. Download and submit a Boston University MSOT Prerequisite Checklist to the Boston University OT office (OT@bu.edu). Please provide the information for the completed prerequisites. If you have not completed the prerequisite, please indicate how you intend to fulfill it in the “Plan” column. If you have any questions on whether a course you have taken or plan to take will count toward a prerequisite, please contact the Boston University OT office with a course description and/or syllabus for the class.
Health Care Experiences
Boston University encourages applicants (especially those who are unsure if they want to study occupational therapy or what occupational therapy is) to observe or shadow an occupational therapist. Applicants can arrange an observation by contacting the Department of Occupational Therapy at a local facility. Observation of a population in which you are interested would be helpful (for example, if you are interested in working with children, try a school setting). If possible, applicants should chat with the occupational therapist to find out what they do.
We highly recommend experiences in at least two different service delivery settings (e.g., school, early intervention program, skilled nursing facility, community health center). One experience should be extended (more than several weeks), and one short term. Although health care experiences are not part of the official admissions criteria (and we do not seek a minimum number of hours), they provide additional information about a prospective student’s experience in the field and basis for choosing to pursue occupational therapy. Such experiences will weigh favorably when making admissions decisions.
English Competency for International Students
Any student for whom English is not the first language must demonstrate competence in English through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE). The minimum TOEFL scores required to apply are as follows: Writing: 22, Speaking: 23, Reading: 25, and Listening: 21. International students should also visit Boston University’s ISSO website for additional requirements.
If you have questions, please visit our MSOT Admissions Questions webpage for contacts and instructions.