Applications and Admissions
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 or Doctorate program, please contact the appropriate coordinator.
Application Information and Resources
MSOT Information and Criteria for Acceptance
Learn more about the MSOT application process and criteria for acceptance.
OTD Information and Criteria for Acceptance
Learn more about the OTD application process and criteria for acceptance.
Review the Department of Occupational Therapy's Forms.
The following courses may be completed at any community college, four year college or university at either the graduate or undergraduate level.
Have a question? Check out our FAQ page.
OTD Admissions Coordinators
Name: Dr. Gigi Smith/Dr. Courtney Boitano
Location: CCB 203/220
MSOT Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Name: Dr. Gigi Smith
Location: CCB 203
MSOT Graduate Admissions Assistant
Name: MSOT email
Location: CCB 220
Undergraduate Pre-OT Advisor
Name: Dr. Gigi Smith
Location: CCB 203
MSOT and OTD Group Informational Sessions
These advising sessions are for individuals who are interested in applying to the master's and OTD 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. These sessions provide information about the Master's and Doctorate program, the admissions process, prerequisite courses, and other issues of interest. We hope to see you soon at our upcoming info sessions! OTD Informational Session - April 13, 2023 (6-7pm) via Zoom; MSOT Informational Session - April 11, 2023 (5:30 - 7:00 pm) via Zoom
“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
Advising Office Hours (Spring 2022)
OTD Informational Session
April 13, 2023
Time: 6:00 - 7:00PM (PST)
Zoom Link will be provided after registration. Email us for inquiries about the OTD program.
MSOT Advising Session
April 11, 2023
Time: 5:30 - 7:00PM (PST)
Once we are fully back to repopulating our campus, all group advising sessions will be held in the OT department, Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 210. Otherwise, we will continue to hold Zoom virtual sessions.
Individual advising sessions and departmental visits can be scheduled. Contact the Graduate Assistant to request an individual session.
Graduate Admissions Advisor, Dr. Gigi Smith
Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 204 - By appointment only
Please direct any questions to the Graduate Assistant.
Graduate Admissions Assistant
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:00am (virtual)
Thursday, 9:00-10:00am (virtual)
Make an appointment via Advising Google calendar only and select your 15-minute time slot.
Neuroanatomy Course Prerequisite
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. There is a pre-approved list of courses. If the course you wish to substitute is not on the list you may send the course syllabus to the Graduate Assistant as early as possible for review (email, mail or fax at 408.924.3088). If you do not get approval, the course will not be accepted.
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.
For any questions regarding your Graduate Admissions application (i.e. if they have received your transcripts) contact:
Phone: (408) 924-2406
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