Professional Master's Programs

The Occupational Therapy Department offers Master of Science (MS) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degrees for students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than OT. To enter the MS or MOT program, you must have a baccalaureate degree. Those who choose to pursue undergraduate study at CSU apply through the Colorado State University Admissions Office.

Apply - Fall 2017

Application Deadlines

  • OTCAS: January 16, 2017 at 11:59 EST
  • CSU Graduate School application: January 16, 2017 at 11:59 MST
  • OT Departmental application materials: January 16, 2017 at 11:59 MST

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the following document for answers to common questions regarding the application process. If you have additional questions, please contact us at

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Notifications: Applicants were notified in mid-March. If you did not receive an e-mail notification please contact the department at 970-491-6243.

    Transcripts: Applicants are required to send official transcripts only to OTCAS. Applicants do not need to send official transcripts to the Department of Occupational Therapy or to Colorado State University.

    The checklist on the CSU Graduate School application will not reflect official transcripts sent to OTCAS. If your CSU Graduate School application checklist indicates that all items have been received except for the official transcripts, your CSU Graduate School application is complete. In addition to the CSU Graduate School application, applicants are required to submit the following: 1) OTCAS application and 2) OT Departmental application materials (see links above).

Admissions Review Process

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 program begins in August.


The Occupational Therapy Department offers Master of Science (MS) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degrees. 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.

Graduate Admissions Contact

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