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Master of Occupational Therapy (OT)

Admissions Pathways

Students can meet the academic requirements for admission consideration to the University of Cincinnati MOT degree through one of the following paths:

  1. Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA to MOT) Pathway.

    This pathway is for occupational therapy assistants (COTA’s) holding current state licensure to practice occupational therapy. This pathway is limited to OTA’s who have passed the NBCOT exam to for the occupational therapy assistant and who successfully complete the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Degree [Behavior and Occupation Studies – Distance Learning (HLSC-BO-DL)]. Applicants can be in the process of completing the HLSC-BO-DL degree when applying to the MOT program but must complete all undergraduate degree requirements before beginning the MOT program.

  2. Standard Admissions Pathway (SAP)

    This pathway is for students who have graduated or are about to graduate with an undergraduate degree.

  3. Junior Early Admission Pathway (JEAP) – beginning for 2019 admissions

    This pathway is for UC CAHS students majoring in Health Sciences (Behavior and Occupation Studies). These students will apply to the MOT program when they reach the junior level of their undergraduate studies.

  4. High School Early Admission Pathway (HEAP)

    This pathway is for qualified high school seniors interested in pursuing a UC undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (Behavior and Occupation Studies) in the College of Allied Health Sciences and then continuing to pursue an MOT degree.

Admission Requirements

Applications materials will be available summer of 2017. 

Students applying to the MOT program must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • Completion of the UC MOT Application Packet, portfolio, and UC Graduate School applications. Students may be required to participate in a pre-admission interview.
  • Completion of an undergraduate 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. A grade of C or better is necessary for each prerequisite course (see list of prerequisites).
  • Minimum of 40 hours of occupational therapy observation (not required for occupational therapy assistants with current state licensure). Must be completed in two settings for a minimum of 20 hours per setting.
  • Two recommendation letters (Professional or Academic / Non-Relative). For OTA applicants, one of the two recommendation letters must be from a supervising occupational therapist.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination with a preferred minimum score of 150 in each of the two areas. Applicants to the MOT with an associate degree in occupational therapy (COTAs) who have successfully passed the NBCOT examination for the occupational therapy assistant are eligible to submit a GRE Waiver Request Form.

  • An applicant whose native language is not English is required to provide proof of English language proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores. The TOEFL minimum university requirements include a score of 520 on the paper based test, 190 on the computer based test, or 68 on the internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years. An overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS is sufficient for graduate admission. As an alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS, level 112 of Intensive English Instruction may be completed at the ELS Language Center at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Students completing the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Degree (Behavior and Occupation Studies – HLSC-BO or HLSC-BO-DL) meet all MOT Program prerequisite course requirements. For University of Cincinnati students who have completed other majors or students who have graduated from other universities, please see the list of prerequisite coursework.

Prerequisite Coursework List with UC Equivalents.  For students apply outside of UC, please see UC's Transfer Credit Information

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670394
French East Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7477
Fax: 513-558-7474


Accreditation Status Update

UC is currently in the Applicant Stage of accreditation (completing candidacy application – ACOTE Step 1) and, as part of that process, we're developing the curriculum, admissions standards, and other elements of the program. For additional information on accreditation, please see ACOTE’s Prospective Applicant Letter.

Wondering what courses you'll need before you start the MOT program?  Use this document to determine if your courses are equivalent to UC's.

Prerequisite Course List Equivalents MOT

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