Admission and Transfers
Application to the Occupational Therapy Program is highly competitive.
External Transfer: The UNH Occupational Therapy Program is not open to external transfer applications at this time.
Internal Transfer: Approximately 8 positions are available in the spring of 2014 for UNH sophomore students who wish to transfer into the BS/MS program The anticipated pool of applicants is expected to be 25 qualified students. Internal Transfer Applications must be completed by March 1.
Masters: Approximately 10 posititions are available for students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in an area other than Occupational Therapy for the fall of 2014. We anticipate 80-100 applications for these positions. Masters Applications must be completed by January 15.
Applying to the UNH Occupational Therapy Professional BS/MS Program
The Occupational Therapy Professional BS/MS Program prepares students for entry-level occupational therapy practice. Students gain knowledge and skills to work with people of all ages to enable their participation within their natural environments and daily life activities, including education, work, self-care, home management, and leisure. Students admitted to the BS/MS program as undergraduates apply to the UNH Graduate School in their senior year.
There are 3 entry points into the OT Professional BS/MS Program as follows:
The admission process is unique for each of these entry points.
High school seniors interested in applying to UNH’s OT Professional BS/MS Program follow the process for all interested Freshman, and should contact the UNH Office of Admissions. The admissions Website contains complete campus visit information and an online visitor registration. It also contains admissions criteria and important dates, as well as the online application. The University of New Hampshire conducts an individualized, holistic review of our applications for admission. Students should complete the necessary SAT testing. The following college preparatory coursework is necessary to be considered minimally qualified for baccalaureate admission to the University.
- Four years of English
- Two years of a single foreign language (Three years of a single foreign language is preferred);
- Three years of mathematics including algebra I, geometry and algebra II
- Three years of science, two of which must be laboratory sciences
- Three years of social sciences (including U.S. History)
BS/MS OT degree requirements and coursework are described under Undergraduate Program.
Sophomore students currently enrolled at UNH who are interested in transferring into the OT program must pick up an application form, from the Department of Occupational Therapy, Hewitt Hall. Applications must be submitted by March 1. Students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better are considered for entry into the program, space permitting. Transfer students must have a plan to complete the necessary coursework required as part of the BS degree in Occupational Science. Degree requirements and coursework are described under Undergraduate Program. Students who are in their junior or senior year in another field of study, who wish to pursue a career in occupational therapy must complete their BS degree prior to applying the OT Professional Program, as a graduate student.
Note: Transfer applications are not open to external students (Non-UNH Students)
Application Deadline for Occupational Therapy MS Program is January 15th. However, we encourage applications to be submitted to the graduate school by the end of December to ensure that all applications are complete in time for review. We also encuourage applicants to periodically review their application status on the graduate school website, and to contact the graduate school if any items are missing. Due to limited space, admission to the program is a competitive process and not all qualified students are admitted.
Applying to the Master's Program in Occupational Therapy:
Applicants need a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework to apply. The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program:
- 2 courses in human anatomy and physiology with labs
- *neuroanatomy (with a lab preferred)
- abnormal psychology
- human development (two courses, one in child development and one in adult development preferred)
Students must complete and submit the Pre-requisite Verification Form with their application. All prerequisites must be completed prior to fall entry into the Professional Master's Program. Priority for admission will be given to applicants with all prerequisite courses completed.
Three letters of reference must accompany the application. Two of these must address the applicant’s educational abilities/performance. One letter must address the applicant’s interpersonal/communications skills as observed in a volunteer or paid-employment setting.
Note- GREs are not required.
Advanced-standing Professional Master’s Degree Students
Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in Occupational Science at UNH as part of a combined BS/MS program will take the first year of the two-and-a-half year (five semesters) professional master’s program as part of their senior year BS degree requirements. These students will be identified as advanced-standing students in the professional master’s program and will need to complete three additional semesters of coursework, which includes fieldwork, to meet the MS degree requirements. Students in the combined BS/MS program must apply for admission to the Graduate School to enter into the professional master’s degree program, meet Graduate School requirements for entry into the graduate portion of their program, and be officially admitted by the Graduate School. An overall minimum grade point of 3.0 and a grade of B- or better in all senior level OT courses is required for admission in the master’s degree program.
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