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Master of Occupational Therapy




What will I learn?


The University of Cincinnati Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program provides students the education they need to sit for the board licensing exam. Once you pass the board exam, and meet additional requirements set forth by the state in which you seek licensure, you will be eligible to work as a licensed occupational therapist (OT).

The mission of the program is to educate students to become occupation-based clinicians capable of competently and independently evaluating, treating and/or consulting with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds in a variety of settings. In addition, it is the mission of the program to educate those who might not have access to traditional forms of higher education through a mix of online learning technologies and face-to-face instruction. The program strives for excellence in teaching, service, scholarly activity, and leadership while supporting the professional growth of faculty and students, instilling a commitment to lifelong learning, and responding to the needs of the region that it serves.

Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that promotes optimal health and function through facilitating successful and satisfying participation in the roles and everyday activities (occupations) that individuals want and need to do. Occupational therapists are client centered healthcare practitioners that use a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. Consideration of an individual’s physical, cognitive, psychological, social, and emotional abilities, as well as environmental impacts, are central to the occupational therapy evaluation and intervention process.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,

customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and

an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan

The University of Cincinnati Occupational Therapy program is a two-year, full time program featuring a unique blended instructional design involving a mix of on-campus and online coursework.


The MOT program prepares graduates for a career as an occupational therapist.

Occupational therapists provide preventative and rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages in areas related to successful and satisfying physical, sensory, psychological, social, cognitive, and behavioral performance in meaningful activities (occupations).

Graduates find careers working with patients across the lifespan in a variety of locations:


rehabilitation and long-term care facilities

outpatient clinics

nursing facilities

community based programs

mental health facilities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for occupational therapists is expected to grow 18% (much faster than the national average) and the median pay is $84,950 per year.

Which department am I in?

College of Allied Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$28,144.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2023

Start date

9 January 2023, 8 May 2023, 21 August 2023


UC Uptown Campus East

University of Cincinnati Medical Center,

234 Goodman Street,



45219, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For our graduate programs, we welcome applications from students who hold a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency, and have at least a B average in undergraduate course work (or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School). Standardized Tests of English Proficiency: Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is: 520 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 80 (internet-based test).

For international students

Students need to have: Completion of an bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration to the UC MOT program.

International Student Requirements For IELTS an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken. For the TOEFL exam, the minimum university requirements are either: 80 (internet-based test, iBT); 550 (“paper-based test” that will be soon be phased out), or a score of 20 or higher on each of the three components of the new “paper-delivered test” (this test does not have a single composite score).

Applications open on the OTCAS website July 16 and close October 1st, annually.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is the birthplace of co-op learning and has led the world in applied experiential learning for over 200 years.

  • #1 public university for co-op and internships in the U.S.
  • Fantastic support for international students
  • Over 400 degree-programs, including a Pathway Program
  • Excellent safety track record and vibrant urban living

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