Application Stats & Questions

Important Notice

The Occupational Therapy Department is not accepting applications for the Professional Entry-Level Master's Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please contact Dr. Michelle Bradshaw or Patricia Condon for further information.

How many applicants apply and how many do you accept each year?

We typically accept 8-10 students out of 80-90 applicants.

What is the average GPA of accepted students?

The average GPA of our accepted students is a 3.6.     

What if my GPA is below a 3.0?

If your cumulative GPA is below our minimum of 3.0 you will not be eligible to receive a graduate assistantship in the first term if you are accepted. You may still apply, but please keep in mind that we are a very competitive program. Having below a 3.0 can also impact your financial aid package.

Do I need to have a B.S. in occupational science, health science, or another specific major to be accepted?

No, the program is designed for individuals who have received a bachelor’s degree in another area of study and are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. We have had students come in with some of the following majors:

  • Psychology
  • Marketing Communications
  • Recreation & Leisure
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sport Management
  • Public Health
  • Nutrition
  • Animal and Vet Sciences
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Exercise Science
  • Biology

Can I apply while my prerequisite courses are "in progress"?

Yes. You may take up to 3 prerequisite courses during the application process, but they must be done before the start of classes in May.

Acceptance to the program is contingent upon you receiving a grade of C or higher in prerequisite courses. So, throughout the application process we will communicate with you to obtain proof of enrollment, a midterm grade (if you have one by the deadline) and a final, official transcript by the time classes start in the summer. Mark the course as "in-progress" on the Prerequisite Evaluation Form. If you did not receive one, e-mail

What if I am not sure if a course will be accepted as a prerequisite?

E-mail the course description and/or syllabus to the HSHP graduate administrative assistant at

What happens if I retake a prerequisite course?

We will accept the best grade of any duplicate courses.

Do you require observation hours?

No, but we do feel that observing a licensed OTR/L is an amazing experience and can help you learn what types of populations and settings you may want to work in. 

Am I required to submit a GRE score?

Yes, official GRE scores must be received by the admission deadline (code: 2325)

If I started and/or completed a master’s or higher degree, can the GRE requirement be waived?

No. All students are required to submit the same material.

What is the average GRE score?

Average scores of our accepted students are 152 verbal; 150 quantitative; 4.0 writing.

Does one area of the application weigh heavily than the others?

Applications are viewed as an entire package.

Is there an option for night/weekend study or part-time study?


I am an international student. Are there additional materials I need to send?

Please see the Office of Admission International Students website.

When will I be notified if I am accepted?

We try our best to turn around acceptance notifications as soon as possible. We aim for two to three weeks after the submission deadline, but it may take longer. We typically notify candidates who receive a graduate assistantship a week after the acceptance notice is sent out.


OT Graduate Program Office
321 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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