Admissions Information

Admissions Information

Interviews for Summer 2018 admissions will be held in October by invitation only. Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. To be considered for interview, the application must be complete a minimum of three weeks prior to the interview date. It may take several weeks for materials to be processed by Admissions. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure their materials arrive in time to be processed. Students will be notified by email if they are invited to an interview session. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions in November. 

Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy (MHSOT)

Augusta University offers a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. The program consists of six consecutive full-time graduate semesters. During these two years, students will complete six one-week fieldwork rotations and two 12-week fieldwork rotations  at sites throughout Georgia and across the U.S. Sites in the local CSRA are limited; students should be prepared for the expense of each rotation. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.


General Admission Requirements

Augusta University Graduate Application Fee: $50

Deadline to Complete Application: October 1, 2017
Applications are considered complete when all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores) have been received and processed by Admissions. It can take 2 weeks or longer for records to be received and processed in the admission system. Applicants MUST factor in the time when submitting application materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered for interviews.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documents are submitted. This can be done online by following the information supplied by admissions. The OT Department does not handle the receipt of admissions documents and is not able to provide this information.

Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Minimum Requirements for Admission Consideration
Admission to the MHSOT program is more competitive than ever. Prospective applicants must realize that the requirements listed below are the MINIMUM recommended requirements for consideration. Competitive applicants will exceed minimum requirements. Admitted students in Fall 2015 had an overall GPA of 3.6 with a math and science GPA of 3.4. The average GRE score was 303, with average subtest scores of 152 Verbal and 151 Quantitative. Accepted applicants averaged 158 hours shadowing an occupational therapists, 440 service hours in areas related to the OT profession, and 1276 service/leadership hours.

■  GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous college work, with a minimum average of 2.8 on math and science courses.

■  A minimum GRE score of 290 combined (2011 and later) or 900 (on earlier versions). A score of 3.5 or above is required on the writing session.

■  Prior to enrollment, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 prerequisite hours at an accredited college. Applicants do not need to complete a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the program.

■  Applicants must submit, at minimum, three professional references; at least two must come from occupational therapists. The third may come from an OT, college professor, or work supervisor who can assess your academic or work-related behaviors and potential for success as an Occupational Therapist. Applicants should select references who can attest to these skills and potential for success. Friends and family are not appropriate references for a graduate program

■  A minimum of 60 hours are required in one or more settings alongside an occupational therapist in order to develop a foundational understanding of the responsibilities of the OT in each setting. Attached is the OT log that you may use to record your hours.

■  Interviews are by invitation only and will be factored into the final committee decision.

■  Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam, 550 on the paper exam, or 79 on an Internet- based exam is required for consideration. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old.

Application Checklist

■  Online Augusta University Graduate Application

■  Official transcripts from each college/university attended. Please forward official transcripts to:

Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 3091

■  At least three letters of references. References must be able to assess and attest to your academic abilities and potential.

■  Official GRE scores

■  Review Technical Standards, Criminal Conviction Disclosure, and Disclaimer of Certification and Licensure. Accepted applicants must sign these documents prior to enrollment.

■  Foreign applicants must submit TOEFL scores.

■  Qualified applicants will be invited to a mandatory interview session which may include group problem-solving activities, a writing sample, and personal interview with faculty members.


Technical Standards
Graduate OT students are required to perform certain technical standards. Accepted students must attest to their ability to perform each of these necessary standards prior to beginning classes.

Augusta University Criminal Conviction Disclosure
An integral part of the OT curriculum is successful completion of fieldwork experiences throughout the program. All OT students must consent to a criminal background check to have access to fieldwork sites. Prior criminal history may impact the student's ability to be cleared for client contact, thus jeopardizing successful completion of the program.

Students are continually required to disclose in writing to their dean and/or the director of Campus Life Services any and all criminal convictions occurring since completing the application for admission. Disclosure of a prior criminal record is required on the admission application. Criminal convictions include adjudication of guilt by a judge or jury for any crime. It does not include minor traffic offenses, but  does include no contest pleas, first-offender treatment, convictions under appeal, and convictions which have since been pardoned. Minor traffic offenses are those which do not involve driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, do not result in imprisonment, and for which a fine of less than $250 was imposed. Disclosures should be made within 30 days of conviction. Retrieved from Augusta University Student Handbook Section 3.10.

Disclaimer of Certification and Licensure
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires applicants to answer questions concerning felony history. This information is then available to states with Licensure. Augusta University Department of Occupational Therapy program assumes no responsibility for ineligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or the denial of licensure in states in which there are such requirements. For further information please contact:

National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc.
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 
Phone: 301-990-7979 
Fax: 301-869-8492 

Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
Telephone: 478-207-1620