M.S. and M.O.T. in Occupational Therapy Program Highlights
We offer Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degrees.
All incoming students are admitted to our M.O.T. program. During the first semester you will have an opportunity to learn about thesis options and, if interested, can apply to pursue the M.S. degree.
Both programs prepare you as an entry-level generalist practitioner who can work effectively with a variety of populations across the age spectrum, from infancy through old age. Each program of study involves at least 24 months of study across the fall, spring and summer semesters, including Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences.
Our programs are designed to offer the best educational practices in occupational therapy through carefully integrated programs of academic coursework, practice, and research. Program highlights include:
- Immersion in practice from the first semester onward through integrated Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences
- Hands-on learning experiences that are directly linked to academic content, theory, and research
- A pronounced emphasis on professional reasoning skills and leadership development
- Opportunities to benefit from one to one mentoring by expert researchers in the Assistive Technology Resource Center, the Center for Community Partnerships, the Center for Occupation, the Life Outcomes After Brain Injury Research Program, the Neurorehabilitation Laboratories, the Restoring Effective Sleep Tranquility Program as well as multiple living laboratories in people’s homes, schools, communities and workplaces
- Opportunities to develop a specialty area of focus
- Develop skills needed to create and obtain funding for new community-based practices that meet real-world occupational needs.
M.S. and M.O.T. in Occupational Therapy Program Details
If your career goals are strongly practice-oriented we encourage you to pursue the M.O.T. degree option.
If you want to complete a thesis and entertain possibilities of pursuing a future research doctorate or a career in research we encourage you to pursue the M.S. degree option. Even though you select your degree option in the first semester you may, and are encouraged to, contact faculty members during the application process to discuss possible areas of mentored research.
All students complete five fieldworks which will provide an opportunity for you to apply classroom learning through hands-on practice in a variety of settings.