Applicants to MU’s Master of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Doctorate programs are reviewed holistically. We take the time to get to know you as an individual through your application, not as just a number on a score sheet.  We are searching for applicants that possess personal attributes of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence, as well as the ability to perform essential functions fit for a career in occupational therapy.  The admission committee reviews applications submitted through Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) that contain the following:

Undergraduate education

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university to be completed prior to starting the Master in Occupational Therapy program in the summer of 2020 and/or the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program in the summer of 2021.

3+3 BHS / OTD Option for MU Health Sciences Students

MU Health Sciences students have the option to apply for early consideration for admission to the MU OTD program. Selected students will complete a 3+3 option, with 3 years of undergraduate coursework + 3 years of professional OT coursework to earn both a Bachelor in Health Science (BHS) and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree.

  • Students considering this option will apply during the Summer/Fall after their sophomore year (after 60 credit hours completed); selected students begin coursework the summer after completion of their junior year.
  • Students applying for the 3+3 program must have evidence of a minimum of three semesters of college coursework after high school graduation.
  • First year of OTD professional coursework also counts toward the BHS degree. Students must have at least 90 credits, all OT prerequisites, and all BHS degree requirements except the capstone requirement completed before beginning the OTD program. Students will then graduate with their BHS in May after successfully completing the 1st year of OTD coursework. The first year of OTD coursework includes a fieldwork experience and a practicum experience which combined will meet the capstone requirement for the BHS degree.
  • Students applying for the 3+3 option will be considered in the same pool as all other applicants. There are no reserved spots for 3+3 applicants, nor is there a limit on the number of 3+3 applicants we will accept.
  • The more prerequisites you have completed at the time of application, the more strongly your application will be considered. (Same is true for all applicants.)
  • Professional tuition begins at the start of OTD coursework; students enrolled in professional coursework are no longer eligible for Pell Grants. See https://cashiers.missouri.edu/cost/ for current professional tuition rates for the occupational therapy program.

MU Health Sciences students applying for the 3+3 option must work very closely with their undergraduate School of Health Professions advisors before, during, and after application to ensure that they have completed all Health Science degree program requirements AND all OT prerequisites before beginning the OTD program.

Prerequisite coursework

Advanced placement, dual credit, and transfer credits for prerequisite coursework are acceptable if they were recognized by your undergraduate institution and appear on official transcripts at the time of application. Transfer credits may not be applied toward the OTD degree. The Department of Occupational Therapy does not allow credit for experiential learning or work experience to count toward any of the OTD degree requirements.

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a B- or better prior to starting MUOT’s program. Prerequisites are subject to minor changes with each application cycle.

  • General Biology – 3 credit hour course with a lab or 4 credit hours combined lecture/lab minimum
  • Human Anatomy* – 3 credit hour course with a lab or 4 credit hours combined lecture/lab minimum
  • Human Physiology* – 3 credit hour course with a lab or 4 credit hours combined lecture/lab minimum
  • Human Movement Science* – 3 credit hour combined lecture and lab minimum. Strong preference for Kinesiology or Biomechanics. Physics is a third option if the first two are not available.
  • Sociology – 3 credit hour course minimum
  • Abnormal Psychology – 3 credit hour course minimum
  • Human Development – Must address development across the lifespan. 3 credit hour course minimum
  • Introduction to Statistics – 3 credit hour course minimum. Any introductory statistics course in any discipline is acceptable.
  • Medical Terminology – 1 credit hour minimum. Can take for credit or noncredit. Will accept a passing grade if taken as a pass/fail course.

*Courses must have been completed within 4 years of application.  Human Anatomy and Human Physiology can be substituted with Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II (both with lab)

Prerequisite and cumulative GPA

  • Each prerequisite course must have a B- (2.7) or better.
  • Cumulative GPA that includes ALL undergraduate completed coursework must be a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Observation of a Licensed Occupational Therapist

Recommendations

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required.

Personal statement and essay

Admissions Cycle

The Department of Occupational Therapy will begin accepting applications in July 2019 for the Class of 2022 who will start their Master of Occupational Therapy coursework in Summer of 2020.

The Department of Occupational Therapy will begin accepting application in July 2020 for the Class of 2024 who will start their Occupational Therapy Doctorate coursework in Summer of 2021.


The admission cycle closes annually on January 15th but due to the rolling admissions process used by the admissions committee, the program could potentially fill the 44 spots prior to the end of the cycle. Rolling admissions allows for early determination for exceptional applicants.

  • New completed applications will be reviewed each month beginning with the start of the admissions cycle.
  • Candidates may be considered from time of application until the end of the application cycle on January 15th.
  • Applicants may be invited for interview at any time during the cycle.
  • Applicants will be notified of the initial status of their application within 45 days of their completed submission.

A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $500 will be required for all accepted applicants to hold their position in the program. This deposit will be credited to the student account in the Fall semester of their first year in the program once enrolled in MU OT. Applicants have 14 days from time of notification of acceptance to confirm their acceptance and submit their deposit.

Prospective students are encouraged to read the MUOT Student Handbook thoroughly before enrolling to ensure that they can meet the requirements of an MUOT Student. All University of Missouri Occupational Therapy students are required to read, acknowledge, and abide by the policies set forth in the Handbook. These include policies on essential functions, academic standards, professional behavior, background checks, drug screens, immunizations, BLS training, and insurance, among others. If you have questions about your ability to meet any of these requirements, please email us at muot@health.missouri.edu.

Costs of Program

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree at University of Missouri is one of the most, if not the most, competitively priced entry-level occupational therapy degrees in the region.  Here are the links to the most current tuition and fees:

MU Cashiers: Tuition and Fees

Non-Missouri residents can apply for Missouri residency status while they are in the program if they meet the requirements for residency.  The requirements to establish residency in Missouri to qualify for in-state tuition can be found at this link: http://registrar.missouri.edu/residency/residency-requirements.php.  If you have questions please email us at muot@health.missouri.edu to inquire.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time. The total cost of the degree may fluctuate based on changes to tuition before starting and while you are in the program.

Prospective students are encouraged to read the MUOT Student Handbook thoroughly before enrolling to ensure that they can meet the requirements of an MUOT Student. All University of Missouri Occupational Therapy students are required to read, acknowledge, and abide by the policies set forth in the Handbook. These include policies on essential functions, academic standards, professional behavior, background checks, drug screens, immunizations, BLS training, and insurance, among others. If you have questions about your ability to meet any of these requirements, please email us at muot@health.missouri.edu.