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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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M.S. Degree Requirements

This program is for practicing occupational therapists and other professionals interested in researching disability issues. Admission is limited to students wishing to pursue a research-based master’s degree or to those interested in the therapeutic science doctoral program who do not hold a master’s degree with a research emphasis. This degree is not suited for individuals who wish to develop competence in clinical practice. The curriculum recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue in the development of research, teaching, and administrative skills and knowledge of relevant theory. Most course work is offered in the evenings.


The student must complete a minimum of 9 hours of core course work related to theory and disability issues, a 3-hour graduate neuroscience course, 12 hours of research courses (including thesis hours), and 12 elective hours, with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The student must pass a final oral examination that includes defense of the thesis.

Core Courses Offered in the M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program

OTMS 701 Professional Development 3
OTMS 735 Practice Models for Applied Science 3
OTMS 801 Applied Neuroscience 3
OTMS 835 Interpreting Research for Applied Science 3
OTMS 799 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy (requires consent of faculty member) 1-6
OTMS 890 Graduate Research (requires consent of faculty member) 1-6
OTMS 899 Thesis (requires consent of faculty member) 1-6

Elective Options

Each student selects at least one 1- credit-hour professional seminar, one 2-credit-hour theory course, and three 3-credit-hour general graduate-level elective courses to complement his or her program. These selections must be approved by the student’s adviser.

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