Frequently Asked Questions

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About the MOT Program

Do you provide an online-only option?

No. Physical attendance is required.

Do you offer a part-time program?

No, our program is full-time only.

Do you have plans to offer a doctoral program?

We have not made a determination about offering a doctoral program at this time.

Do you offer a combined BS/MS program?

No, we do not. All students must have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to starting in the MOT program.

Do you accept transfers from other graduate programs?

Transferring courses from one MOT curriculum to another is difficult because the curriculum design, course sequence and content vary, even when the course titles appear similar. Those wishing to transfer from other programs are urged to apply through The Graduate School and OTCAS.

Admissions FAQ

What undergraduate major should I choose?

We accept graduates of any four year degree, provided the applicant has completed all required prerequisites. No particular major will provide an admissions decision advantage. Many applicants come from basic and applied health sciences, exercise science and social sciences. Applicants with a strong science and/or health background may find that they have an easier grasp on the anatomy and neuroscience courses in the program.

What is your admittance rate?

It varies, but on average we admit about 20% of applicants per cohort.

What is the average cumulative GPA of accepted applicants?

In recent years it has varied between 3.5 and 3.7.

Must all prerequisite courses be completed prior to submitting an application?

  • Only for applicants who wish to apply for early admission.
  • For applicants who wish to apply for regular admission, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the time an applicant would begin the program in the summer (early June), rather than when the application is due.
  • Remember, applicants may have no more than three remaining prerequisites in the spring semester to be considered for admission and it is preferred that two out of the three science prerequisites (anatomy, physiology, physics or biomechanics) are completed by the end of fall term.

Can prerequisites courses be waived?


Do you interview potential applicants?

No, we do not. Instead, we ask applicants to submit a video essay responding to specific questions.

Do I have to apply to the JMU Graduate School and to the OT Program as separate applications?

Yes. You must apply to the Graduate School in order to be admitted to the university and to the graduate school. To complete this part of the application, please go to The Graduate School. After completing the Graduate School application, be sure to download it and save it as a PDF file. Additionally, you must apply through the OTCAS system.  You will upload your Graduate School application in your OTCAS application.

Must I apply to the program through OTCAS?

Yes. All candidates must apply through OTCAS (in addition to the JMU Graduate School).

Must I take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

No, we do not require the GRE.

If I retake a course, which grade will count towards my GPA?

OTCAS counts ALL prior course grades when calculating GPAs.

FAQ from Admitted Students

What are the program costs?

When do classes begin?

Incoming students will begin the program early in June 2022.

Is the program entry offer binding?

No, but the $500 deposit will be forfeited if the applicant decides not to attend.

Are scholarships or graduate assistantships available? Is financial aid available?

Scholarships and assistants are sometimes offered to a limited number of currently enrolled students but cannot be guaranteed or expected. The Graduate School have limited assistantships available in other areas in the University. The MOT program does not offer graduate assistantships to OT students. Most students apply for financial aid through the JMU Financial Aid Office.

Is housing available on-campus?

No, JMU does not provide on-campus housing options for graduate students. However, there are plenty of off-campus housing options that are very close to campus. This includes apartments, townhomes and single-family homes for rent.