MOT in Occupational Therapy

Requirements for Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers the Master of Occupational Therapy degree as the terminal degree of the program. All students must complete the prerequisite courses and meet the admission requirements to apply. Prospective students will apply for entry into the program during their final year of undergraduate coursework or after they have completed a baccalaureate degree. However, in either case a baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to beginning coursework during the following summer semester.  The masters degree is required to become certified and licensed to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

Bethany Kendrick, Student Support Specialist II
801B Clark Hall; Columbia, MO 65211
573-884-6365

Admission Criteria

Application window for program beginning coursework in Summer 2019 opens July 2018, with an application deadline of January 15, 2019. Applications are viewed on a rolling basis and admission offers may be made at any point during or after the application window.

  • Minimum GPA: cumulative 3.0 or higher (4.0=A)
  • Minimum TOEFL scores: (must have been completed in the last two years)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
Total Score: 100, Reading: 20, Listening: 21, Speaking: 26, Writing: 17 Total Score: 600, Reading: 55, Listening: 55, Speaking: N/A, Writing: 55

IELTS Academic

Item Score
Total Score 7
Reading 6.5
Listening 6.5
Speaking 8
Writing 6
  • Completion of all prerequisites at a grade of B- or better
  • 20 hours of observation with a licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Completion of all required application materials
  • Acceptance to program: The Department of Occupational Therapy admits a cohort of 44 students each year.

Required Application Materials