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:

Application Requirements

1. Undergraduate Education Requirements

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 Option:

MU Bachelor’s of Health Science (BHS) students have the option to apply and enter the OTD program after their junior year (90 credits of undergraduate coursework) and meet the requirements for completion of the BHS degree through the first year of coursework in the OTD. This program will allow students to complete both degrees in six years.

  • 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 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.
  • Professional tuition begins at the start of the 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.

• Early-Entry Option:

Prospective students from outside the University of Missouri with a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours completed prior to starting the OTD program. Completion of their undergraduate degree will be contingent on their undergraduate institution allowing the courses in the first year of the OTD program to count toward the completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • While a bachelor’s degree is not required to complete the OTD, we strongly encourage applicants who want to pursue early-entry to also obtain a bachelor’s degree if at all possible.

2. Prerequisite coursework

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a B- or better prior to starting MUOT’s program.  For prerequisite courses completed in Spring and Summer 2020 semesters when grading scales may have been modified to satisfactory/unsatisfactory or pass/fail, we will accept satisfactory or pass grades.  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)

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.

3. Prerequisite and cumulative GPA

  • Each prerequisite course must have a B- (2.7) or better.  For prerequisite courses completed in Spring and Summer 2020 semesters when grading scales may have been modified to satisfactory/unsatisfactory or pass/fail, we will accept satisfactory or pass grades.
  • Cumulative GPA that includes ALL undergraduate completed coursework must be a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

4. Observation of a Licensed Occupational Therapist

  • Applicants are required to have a minimum of twenty (20) total hours of documented clinical observation in Occupational Therapy in a minimum of two (2) different practice settings. Applicants need to submit observation forms with submission of all other application materials to OTCAS. 
    • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand obtaining these observation hours may be challenging.  Our preference is that observation hours are completed however we will accept the following for the 2020 application cycle in lieu of in-person observations. 
      • Virtual observation hours with an Occupational Therapist
      • Attendance at one of our Virtual Occupational Therapist Observation Panels.  Dates: TBA

5. Recommendations

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required.

6. Personal statement and essay

7. Resume

  • Including a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer experience

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.

 


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