Master of Science in OT Program Forms

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The complete Master of Science in OT Application Packet includes the following:

  • Unofficial copy of GRE Scores
  • Sealed Volunteer Experience Forms

NOTE: The Department of Occupational Therapy uses the OTCAS (The Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy) application process for the 2015/2016 application period. Instructions for applying to our program can be found on our department website as well as at OTCAS.

Please note the following: (OTCAS will go live on July 15, 2020 for everyone to begin the applicaton process.)

Items to be completed through OTCAS:

A.  All sealed official transcripts

B.  Letter of recommendation
Note: The Letter of Recommendation Forms CANNOT be completed by the same individual who completes the "Evaluation Form for Volunteer Experience”. You will not need to upload the Right of Access form onto OTCAS for your 3 letters of recommendation, despite the title of the university document.  You will be submitting a digital version of the Right of Access form when you complete your referee's information on OTCAS.

C.  Application/personal statement (Please limit your personal statement to 500 words or 1 page.)

Note: Please follow instructions on OTCAS

Items to be submitted to the Department of Occupational Therapy at SJSU:

A.  First page of OTCAS application (page 1) with Personal Information, etc.

B. Coppy of the General Essay from OTCAS application. You may customize the essay if you wish.

C. Unofficial copy of GRE scores mailed to the deparment.
(NOTE: Beginning with the October 2016 application period we will NO LONGER accept the MAT.  Students wishing to apply to the program must take the GRE).


image of the word 'important' Important update for Applicants for 2020-2021!
It is important to note that starting on April 2nd, the GRE can be taken at home by going online here. There is a human proctor who will monitor each test taker via video camera to ensure that all testing procedures are being adhered to. Although at this time we are still requiring the GRE as a part of our application packet, we will waive the minimum score requirements on the Verbal, Writing and total (Verbal and Quantitative) sections for the 2020-2021 application period. The scores of 153 (Verbal) and 4.0 (Writing) are still preferred, however they will not be required and we will consider applications that did not meet this criterion.
As always, the GRE scores and the GPA in the last 60 units of coursework will be scored together in the matrix used in the application review process.

D. Sealed Volunteer Evaluation Forms and Right of Access waiver form
(Note: The person who completes your Volunteer Evaluation Form cannot be the same person who writes your letter of reference.)
note flag iconDuring this time of shelter in place, we realize that it is very difficult to complete volunteer hours. Therefore, for the 2020-2021 application period, we will not require that you complete all 40 of the 80 required hours at the time that you submit your application. However, we do expect that volunteer hours will be completed by the time of admission to the program. If it becomes apparent that this will not be possible by the start of classes, we will provide further direction. Please submit any hours that you have completed with the volunteer form filled out by the supervisor with your application. This is very important.
(**There are still many community service locations needing volunteers where you can complete the 20 hours of community volunteer work to meet that requirement.)

      Items to be submitted to GAPE  

Applications to the University through GAPE is a separate process from application to the OT Program.  Items required and sent to GAPE do not come to the department.

     A.  Submission of the online application to San Jose State University Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations (GAPE) - the application form is available at Cal State Apply.

     B.  Official transcripts for all college level work (both 2 year and 4 year) leading up to the completion of the Bachelor Degree.  Send one copy to Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation (GAPE) and one copy to OTCAS.

     C.  Official transcripts for all prerequisite courses taken after the completion of the Bachelor's degree. One copy of those transcripts should be sent to OTCAS and Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE).

NOTE: Your college/university transcripts must be evaluated by Graduate Studies prior to applying. If your degree program was conducted in a language other than English, you will also need to take an English proficiency exam such as the TOEFL or the IELTS. Go to this website for more information. You may also want to contact Jessica Hernandez at (408) 924-2406 if you have any questions about your Graduate Studies & Admissions application.

Mail the completed forms to theOccupational Therapy Department:

Department of Occupational Therapy
Attn: Master of Science in OT Program
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0059


Online Application to the University via Cal State Apply