Prospective Student Advising
COVID-19 has presented many additional challenges and stressors for applicants for the 2020-2021 application period. We realize that it is uncertain when COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, allowing applicants to go to testing sites for the GRE. 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.
During 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.)
The goal of the Department of Occupational Therapy is to provide information and guidance to support students in their educational planning as they work to achieve career and life goals. If you have questions pertaining to our Master of Science degree program, please contact the appropriate coordinator.
MS in OT Graduate Admissions Coordinator
ADVISING Office Hours (Fall 2020)
Central Classroom Building (CCB),
Graduate Admissions Assistant,
By Zoom appointment on Wednesdays only - 4:30 - 5:30pm.
Informational Advising Meeting for MSOT Program
This event will allow individuals interested in occupational therapy to meet current SJSU MSOT students. Participants will explore stations to learn about Occupational Therapy and topics that are taught in the SJSU MSOT program. Topics covered include: positioning equipment, infant massage, wheelchairs, and more. Anyone is welcome and there will be free food!
MS in OT Group Informational Sessions
These advising sessions are for individuals who are interested in applying to the master's program. During this session we will go over the Occupational Therapy Program at SJSU, discuss the criteria and prerequisites for applying to the program and answer any questions you might have. Please review the content on the website prior to attending the session. You need only come to one advising session. Applicants for this year are also welcome to attend.
MS in OT Advising Powerpoint Info [pdf]
“Thank you so much for an informative session. I know we had gone over a lot of that info already, but it was great to hear it again, and to hear some of the questions the other potential students had. It's amazing what you forget to ask when you're by yourself. And just being in the classroom with everyone only increased my enthusiasm!” ~ Prospective MS OT applicant
These sessions provide information about the Master's program, the admissions process, prerequisite courses, and other issues of interest. There is no need to RSVP for these sessions. We hope to see you there!
- All group advising sessions will be held in the OT department, Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 210. Link to recommended parking: Parking Services
- Individual advising sessions and departmental visits can be scheduled. Contact the Graduate Assistant to request an individual session.
- The neuroanatomy course prerequisite can be fulfilled by taking OCTH 190 (Foundations of Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy) at San Jose State University. Neuroanatomy, neurobiology, or neurophysiology courses from other universities may also fulfill this prerequisite. Send the course syllabus to the Graduate Assistant as early as possible for review (email, mail or fax--408 924-3088).
SJSU OT Academic Catalog
- Advising Hub (for Master of Science in OT)
- For any questions regarding your Graduate Admissions application (i.e. if they have
received your transcripts) contact: Jessica Hernandez
Phone: (408) 924-2406
Undergraduate Students Interested in Occupational Therapy
The department offers group and individual advising sessions to assist students to plan a program of study that will prepare them to apply to the occupational therapy Master's degree program. It is important for each student to attend advising sessions in order to plan their optimal academic program. Please check this website for dates and times of advising sessions. Please contact the undergraduate admissions coordinator, Dr. Gigi Smith, for more information.