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Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences _

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 

(Pending Accreditation)              ​APPLY NOW 

Admission Requirements

The application period is now open for ​Summer 2019 ​start.

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

  • Completion of the UC Graduate School application.
  • 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. Please use this document for your observation hours.  Clinical Observation Evaluation Criteria
  • 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 will submit documentation of NBCOT scores.

  • 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) should 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

Background Checks

 Applicants must completed the required criminal background check following the offer of admission but prior to enrollment.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination or to attain state licensure as an Occupational Therapist.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

All aspects of the application and admissions process for the MOT program operate consistent with the University of Cincinnati’s commitment to non-discrimination, cultural diversity, and inclusion. The University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. The university does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities. Full description and contacts at:

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

Accreditation Status Update

UC is currently in the Candidacy Stage of accreditation​. For additional information on accreditation, please see ACOTE’s Prospective Applicant Letter.

Important Application Dates

April 6, 2018 - Application period opens

November 1, 2018 - Application period closes

December 201​8 - Applicants notified of acceptance status

May 201​9 - ​Second cohort of students begin classes

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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