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Master of Occupational Therapy

  • Delivery: 
    Partially Online
  • Cost: 
    $939.83 per credit (MN resident); $1,411.09 per credit (non-resident)
  • Total credits: 
    78
  • Credential: 
    Graduate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
    3.0
  • Application deadlines: 
    January 10 for fall
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    Center for Allied Health Programs

Occupational Therapy (OT) is an exciting and rewarding profession that facilitates people's participation in life activities through specialized assessment and intervention of of occupational performance. The program in OT at the University of Minnesota is one of the oldest occupational therapy programs in the country. Occupational therapists blend a scientific knowledge of the human body, mind, and spirit with an understanding of the challenges of disability, environment, and culture. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy examination. 

To find out about graduate's NBCOT exam results, visit the NBCOT exam results page and choose Minnesota and OT Masters Level programs from the drop down lists.

Accreditation

The Program in Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Hybrid Model

The year-round curriculum uses a hybrid educational model with a blend of distance (technology-enhanced) and face-to-face instruction. Students come to campus several times each semester for face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty. These on-campus sessions increase in frequency across the semesters. Students enroll for a minimum of 22 months of study, taking 60 credits of pre-determined academic coursework, six scholarly project credits, and a minimum of 12 credits of fieldwork education (960 hours).

The in-person course sessions are delivered at University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Rochester. Students apply to and are accepted as students at the Minneapolis or Rochester site. 

Financial Aid

Prospective students can learn about possible ways to fund their graduate education by visiting our Scholarships and Assistantships page on our website. Federal financial aid is available for eligible students and requires submission of the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school/program code is 003969.

For information about costs, tuition, and fees, visit the One Stop website and see the Graduate Tuition fact sheet.

You can also visit One Stop for additional information on financial aid.

Sample Courses

  • OT 6101 Foundations of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (4 cr)
  • OT 6102 Professional Identity: Behaviors and Attitudes (2 cr)
  • OT 6103 Occupational Therapy Process for Society (3 cr)
  • OT 6113 Occupational Therapy Process for Community (3 cr)
  • OT 6322 Occupational Therapy Process for Individuals: Work Context ( 2 cr)

Additional courses within the curriculum can be found online.

Career Outlook

Job opportunities are available throughout the country, particularly in rural areas and areas that do not have many occupational therapy education programs. Minnesota is an identified workforce shortage area for occupational therapy.

  • The demand for occupational therapy is expected to increase by 27 percent between 2014−2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Median salaries were $78,810 ($52,670−112,950) in 2014 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), depending on geographic location and specialty area of practice.
  • Graduates of the University of Minnesota's program in occupational therapy are generally employed in OT within six months of graduation, with many reporting employment within weeks of graduation.
  • OT was recognized as #23 in the 100 Best Jobs of 2015 by US News and World Report.

Professional Licensing Boards

Requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.