OT Admissions FAQ

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Do you provide an online-only option?

No. Physical attendance is required.

What is your admittance rate?

It varies, but on average we admit about 20% of applicants per cohort.

Do you have plans to offer a doctoral program?

We have not made a determination about offering a doctoral program at this time.

Do you offer a combined BS/MS program?

No, we do not. All students must have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to starting in the MOT program.

Do you interview potential applicants?

No, we do not. Instead, we ask applicants to submit a video essay responding to specific questions.

Do I have to apply to the JMU Graduate School and to the OT Program as separate applications?

Yes. You must apply to the Graduate School in order to be admitted to the university and to the graduate school. To complete this part of the application, please go to The Graduate School. After completing the Graduate School application, be sure to download it and save it as a PDF file. Additionally, you must apply through the OTCAS system.  You will upload your Graduate School application in your OTCAS application.

What are the program costs?

When do classes begin?

In 2021, incoming students (Class of 2023) will begin the program with a 2-week online term from June 1 to June 11, 2021. This will be followed by a 4-week term from June 14 to July 9, 2021. Students will only need to be on campus for a face-to-face class on Thursdays.

Is the program entry offer binding?

No, but the $500 deposit will be forfeited if the applicant decides not to attend.

Do you accept transfers from other graduate programs?

Transferring courses from one MOT curriculum to another is difficult because the curriculum design, course sequence and content vary, even when the course titles appear similar. Those wishing to transfer from other programs are urged to apply through The Graduate School and OTCAS.

Must I apply to the program through OTCAS?

Yes. All candidates must apply through OTCAS (in addition to the JMU Graduate School).

Must I take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

No, we do not require the GRE.

Are scholarships or graduate assistantships available? Is financial aid available?

Scholarships and assistants are sometimes offered to a limited number of currently enrolled students but cannot be guaranteed or expected. The Graduate School have limited assistantships available in other areas in the University. The MOT program does not offer graduate assistantships to OT students. Most students apply for financial aid through the JMU Financial Aid Office.

What undergraduate major should I choose?

We accept graduates of any four year degree, provided the applicant has completed all required prerequisites. No particular major will provide an admissions decision advantage. Many applicants come from basic and applied health sciences, exercise science and social sciences. Applicants with a strong science and/or health background may find that they have an easier grasp on the anatomy and neuroscience courses in the program.

If I retake a course, which grade will count towards my GPA?

OTCAS counts ALL prior course grades when calculating GPAs.

What is the average cumulative GPA of accepted applicants?

In recent years it has varied between 3.5 and 3.7.

Must all prerequisite courses be completed prior to submitting an application?

Only for applicants who wish to apply for early admission. For applicants who wish to apply for regular admission, all seven prerequisite courses must be completed by the time an applicant would begin the program in the summer (late June), not when the application is due. However, applicants may have no more than three remaining prerequisites in the spring semester to be considered for admission. Additionally, completion of two out of three science prerequisites (anatomy, physiology, physics or biomechanics) by the end of fall term is preferred.

Can prerequisites courses be waived?


Is housing available on-campus?

No, JMU does not provide on-campus housing options for graduate students. However, there are plenty of off-campus housing options that are very close to campus. This includes apartments, townhomes and single-family homes for rent.

Do you offer a part-time program?

No, our program is full-time only.