The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree outside of occupational therapy or will be completing a bachelor's degree at another institution. The occupational therapy graduate program is open to women and men.

If you have not earned a bachelor's degree and plan to earn one at Mount Mary University, please see information on our Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy program. If you are an occupational therapy assistant, Mount Mary will work with you to determine how your previous experience and prior college coursework can count for credit toward earning both your bachelor’s and master’s in occupational therapy.  Undergraduate students: see the list of Curriculum Guides for more information on the combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program curriculum and sequence. Graduate students: see the Curriculum Sheet for more information on the Master of Science (MSOT) program curriculum and sequence.

International Students: See additional application requirements and procedures or contact your graduate admission counselor for questions.

Application Deadlines

The occupational therapy program reviews completed applications once each year for admission to the Master of Science program each August. Application deadline is January 15 each year.

How to Apply

It is important to apply early to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program because it involves a two-stage process.

Stage I: Mandatory Initial Eligibility

1.Complete and submit the online Graduate Student Application.

  1. Submit the nonrefundable application fee ($45 for domestic students; $100 for international students). You can submit the payment online by credit card or e-check through CashNet on the MyMountMary portal. Note: The application fee is waived for Mount Mary alumnae. If you’re an alumna, contact your graduate admission counselor to obtain the waiver code prior to submitting your application.
  2. Submit your official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. You will need to contact each institution (typically the registrar’s office) to have your transcript sent, with an embossed seal, directly to: Mount Mary University, Graduate Admission Office, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597. If you are in the process of completing coursework for a degree, you are required to submit an official transcript verifying receipt of the degree after completing the coursework. If you previously attended Mount Mary, you do not need to request Mount Mary transcripts, but you do need to provide transcripts for other schools, if applicable. Use Mount Mary’s transcript request form (PDF) to help speed up this process.

Once the application and all official transcripts are received your application will be reviewed for initial eligibility. Application materials are reviewed at the beginning of each month by the Occupational Therapy Admissions and Retention Committee to determine initial eligibility for admission to the program. Applicants will be notified by email if they are eligible for the program.

Initial eligibility does not admit a person into the occupational therapy program—it only determines if the applicant meets the initial academic standards required for admission. See the occupational therapy admission policy.

Stage II: Submission of Application Materials

If you are found initially eligible, you will be notified to submit the remaining application materials and complete any prerequisite courses indicated on the initial eligibility letter:

  1. Submit two letters of recommendation. The references used for these letters will need to indicate your potential for graduate study.
  2. Write and submit a narrative on specified questions. Use the Application Narrative Questions to complete this portion of the application.
  3. Complete and submit the shadowing experience forms. Applicants are required to shadow an occupational therapist for a minimum of four hours. Use the Shadowing Forms A and B.
  4. Complete and submit the Human Services Guidelines forms. A minimum of 10 hours of human service is a criterion for admission. Human service is defined as a volunteer experience or paid employment experience with an individual or individuals not related to the applicant and who may be a potential client for occupational therapy. Use the Human Service Forms A and B. 

In addition, you must complete the prerequisite coursework (or equivalent transfer course) before applying:

  • ENG 120: College Composition II
  • BIO 211: Human Anatomy
  • BIO 212: Human Physiology
  • PSY 103: Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 214: Developmental Psychology
  • OCT 101: O.T. Orientation
  • OCT 201: Medical Terminology
  • ANT 102: Cultural Anthropology or SOC 101: Introductory Sociology or equivalent​

You must earn a grade B or higher in all psychology, composition, sociology/anthropology, occupational therapy orientation and medical terminology courses. You also must earn a grade BC or higher in biology coursework (including anatomy and physiology courses).

Submit all application materials via postal mail or email to:

  • Mount Mary University, Graduate Admission Office, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597

When the required application materials are received and ALL prerequisites coursework is completed, an application is considered complete and will be reviewed at the next deadline date. Application review date is January 15 each year. Admitted students begin the program in August each year.

Note: All prerequisite coursework must be complete and a grade received on an official transcript by the time of the application review date. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please review the Occupational Therapy Admission Policy for details on the admission process and policies.

Applicants are notified by mail or email approximately 2-3 weeks after the deadline date regarding an admission decision. Learn how to check on your application status.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact your graduate admission counselor. If you have specific questions about the program or advising, contact the occupational therapy program at (414) 930-3059 or at