Professional Master's Programs

We offer Master of Science (MS) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degrees. Both programs prepare students as entry-level generalist practitioners who can work effectively with a variety of populations across the age spectrum from infancy through old age. Fieldwork options exist in a wide range of current practice settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing, schools, private practice clinics, mental health programs and community based settings.

Students are additionally exposed to emerging practices such as those in the department’s nationally renowned service and practice centers: the Assistive Technology Resource Center and the Center for Community Partnerships. We also place strong emphasis on helping students develop the skills needed to create and obtain funding for new community-based practices that meet real world occupational needs.


Students who want to complete a thesis and entertain possibilities of pursuing future research doctorates or research careers are encouraged to pursue the MS degree option. Students whose career goals are strongly practice-oriented are encouraged to pursue the MOT degree option.

All incoming students are admitted as MOT students. During the first semester students learn about thesis options and, if interested, can apply to pursue the MS degree. If accepted by a faculty research advisor to complete this thesis option, students officially switch from MOT to MS by completing required paperwork through the Graduate School.


Apply now for Fall 2019 admission. Application deadline date is January 4, 2019.

Prerequisite Courses and Descriptions

Applicants can be in the process of completing prerequisites when applying to the program; however, all prerequisites must be completed before the graduate program begins in August.

Graduate Admissions Contact

Linda McDowell
MOT and MS Program Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Department
200 Occupational Therapy Building