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First, Some Important Information

The MOT program is designed for a student who wants to enter the field as an occupational therapist. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in any major, completed required prerequisite coursework, and have a strong commitment to pursue a rigorous course of study in Occupational Therapy. Typically, students complete the MOT program in seven consecutive semesters, including summers.

This program accepts a limited number of applicants each year.
Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work.
Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all prerequisite required coursework.
The Graduate Record Examination is a prerequisite requirement for the program.
If applicable, you must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Applicants whose native or primary language is not English must provide official evidence of having attained a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL. Official TOEFL scores are sent directly to Governors State University from the Educational Testing Service that administers these exams. Specific questions about the TOEFL exam should be directed to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment at Governors State University.

Application Process

Application to the Master of Occupational Therapy program at Governors State University is made through a centralized application service: OTCAS. To apply to our program, you should access the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service via the OTCAS Applicant Portal Link.
Application cycle is from October 1 - February 15.

Applicants for the next term must apply online using the OTCAS application.

  • Begin the application process by accessing: Click Here Apply Now
  • You are encouraged to click on FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and Instructions prior to completing your application. These links provide you with important information regarding the application process (e.g., transcripts, personal statement/essay, and letters of reference).
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  • Click on Create New Account.
  • The following information must be submitted directly to OTCAS in order to complete your application.
    • Official Transcripts. You are required to provide official transcripts from every accredited U.S. institution attended. Your transcripts must include final grades received through the most recent semester or quarter before the application deadline. It is not acceptable to use another school's evaluation of previous credits or another school's grade report as a transcript. All official transcripts MUST be sent to OTCAS.
    • References. You are required to submit a minimum of three (3) letters of reference. You should use three qualified recommenders who can attest to your academic and professional abilities. One letter must be from a college professor/ academic advisor; a second letter from a health care professional, preferably an occupational therapist; and a third letter may be submitted by a person of your choice, including but not limited to: an employer, college instructor, or another health professional. Recommendation letters from fellow students, personal friends, or family members are not acceptable.
    • GRE Scores Applicants must enter their scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) into the OTCAS system. These scores must be entered into OTCAS for the application to be considered complete and thus reviewed.
    •  Letters of recommendation must be completed using the required reference forms available from OTCAS. If you choose to use the Paper Letter of Recommendation as opposed to the Electronic version, the OTCAS form must be used.

      All documents not submitted electronically MUST be sent to OTCAS at the address listed below:
      OTCAS Verification Department
      P.O. Box 9120
      Watertown, MA 02471

The fee schedule is $125 for the first application to a designated OTCAS school and $45 for each additional school. Applicants will pay fees directly to OTCAS.
OTCAS Customer Service Information
Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
Phone: 617.612.2860

Please note: If you are admitted to our graduate program, you will need to submit:

  • Another official set of transcripts that would include your final transcript showing your degree conferred and any additional transcripts that verify your prerequisite coursework to the address below.
  • Submit an official copy of the GRE scores directly to the Occupational Therapy Department at GSU. Please note that your official GRE scores must be sent directly from The Educational Testing Service to the address below:

Attention: MOT Admission Committee
College of Health and Human Services
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484

A Final Note

Applicants will be ranked for admission on the basis of academic potential for graduate study in Occupational Therapy. Qualified applicants should recognize that the MOT Admissions Committee is faced with the difficult task of selecting a relatively small group of the most qualified candidates from among an applicant pool that is generally well-qualified. Unsuccessful candidates often wish to know why they were not admitted and what they can do to improve their chances of admission in subsequent years. Unsuccessful applicants may sometimes improve their chances for admission in a subsequent year by improving their prerequisite GPA by retaking courses, improving their Graduate Record Exam score or enhancing their understanding of the profession.

Applicants must recognize, however, following these above named suggestions does not in any way guarantee future admission.

We greatly appreciate your interest in our program. We will give every applicant our fullest consideration.

Further Information

If you have any questions about general requirements and procedures for application to the MOT program, you are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session. For specific questions, contact Patti Kalvelage, Chair of the MOT Admissions Committee. She can be reached via email at