Admission Requirements

Murray State University has been granted candidacy status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Murray State University is accepting applications now with the first cohort of students to begin in June 2018.

Admission options

Accelerated Route:

The accelerated, or 3+2, route provides students 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 all of 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.

Traditional Route:

The traditional route is for students that have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited university. Applicants that have completed (or will complete prior to admission) all MSOT program requirements, including specific prerequisite coursework, are eligible to apply for MSOT program admission.

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Graduate Admissions).
  • Prerequisite coursework: 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. 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
  • 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.
  • Recommendations: The applicant must provide three professional recommendations. At least one of the recommendations must be from a licensed OT who has supervised the applicant work, volunteer or observe in the clinical setting. The other two references must be from a professional interaction. Recommenders must be able to 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. To submit GRE scores to Murray State University in Kentucky, enter the following code: 1494
  • Application submission: Prior to the deadline, the applicant must submit an application through an online application system and to Murray State University. For detailed admission requirements and application deadlines, visit the MSOT Program website.
  • Other: 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
  • 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.

Application Procedure

The occupational therapy department receives admission applications for the MSOT program and all applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy College Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). When applying, please follow these steps:

  1. Create an account for your online application at
  2. Log in to your application and complete all sections as directed.
  3. As part of your application, enter all previously completed (and yet to be completed) college courses (you will need a copy of transcripts from all colleges attended to do this).
  4. As part of your application (in the Colleges Attended section), download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to OTCAS.
  5. As part of your application, complete all sections in the Program Materials area. Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.
  6. Submit your completed application to OTCAS with the appropriate program designated.
  7. Wait to hear from Murray State University via email regarding the status of your application.

Interview Invitations

Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with a faculty member.

Required After Acceptance

If you are accepted in the MSOT program, you will be required to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR for infant, child and adult) and first aid training. You will also be required to submit results of a criminal background check and must comply with immunization requirements. The Murray State OT department will require and potentially provide a copy of student's health record to verify health and immunization compliance and to satisfy any requests from fieldwork site administrators.

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, Canvas for on-line work. Students will be required to upload documents as well as download and access videos for class materials.