The online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) from Russell Sage College is designed to prepare you for your occupational therapy certification — so you can provide holistic, rehabilitative care to patients in your community.

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Application deadlines

Applications for the online MSOT program are reviewed on a rolling basis. Meaning, the sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive an admissions decision. Applicants who submit by early and priority deadlines receive an application fee waiver.

Program Start DateEarly Priority Deadline IEarly Priority Deadline IIPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
August 26, 2024
February 26, 2024
April 8, 2024
May 20, 2024
July 1, 2024
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Admission criteria

Russell Sage College seeks compassionate individuals who are excited about growing the field of occupational therapy and who want to give back to their community. 

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or be currently enrolled in a degree-bearing program) from an accredited college or university, with a recommended undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25. Applicants also should have completed the following courses:

  • Anatomy and physiology I and II (with labs, and a 3.0 average in both courses)
  • Introduction to psychology (General Psychology)
  • Human development (Lifespan Development)
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Statistics
  • Sociology or anthropology (3 credits of either)
  • Medical terminology
  • Physics I (recommended not required)

Applicants need to complete all prerequisite courses noted above with a C or better prior to the start of their first term. Please note the GPA exception for anatomy and physiology I and II.

Application requirements

No GRE or GMAT scores are required to apply. However, you must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Submit an online application. This is your opportunity to show the admissions team your background, experience, and motivations for pursuing a career as an occupational therapist.

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  • On your résumé or CV, clearly and briefly outline relevant employment you’ve held, including titles of jobs and start/end dates.

  • Submit official transcripts from all the post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts can be submitted electronically to or sent by mail to:

    Russell Sage College
    Application Processing Services
    Russell Sage Health Sciences Online
    P.O. Box 30096 034-001
    College Station, TX 77842

    Alumni of Russell Sage College are not required to submit their Russell Sage transcripts. 

    Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective learners are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

    *International transcripts are not required, although NACES and AICES evaluations of international post-secondary education are.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation from any academic or professional references. Choose recommenders who can explain how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for academic and professional success. You will submit contact information for your recommenders in the online application.

  • Submit a 500–1,000-word essay describing how your personal strengths and experiences will contribute to your success in this program and to your success as an occupational therapist. Include any community service, leadership experience, educational experience, or health care experience.

  • Submit documentation that proves you have completed 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

  • International applicants must submit official TOEFL scores (reported directly from or IELTS scores (reported directly from While self-reported scores are useful for informal evaluation, the official report of your scores must arrive before final application review. 

    This requirement is waived if your native language is English, or you received the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate degree in which the main language of instruction was English. 

    The required minimum total score for each exam is:

    TOEFL scores (minimum): 85+

    IELTS scores (minimum): 6.5+

    Standardized test scores are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. TOEFL or IELTS exam results more than two years old will not be considered.

  • You must pay a $30 fee to submit your application. If you submit your application by an early or a priority deadline, you will receive an application fee waiver.

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