Master of Occupational Therapy

OT student works with adult patient on cookie cutter project

Occupational therapists help people engage in activities that give their lives meaning. As an occupational therapist, you will be a health care provider who asks your clients “what matters to you?” and then designs solutions to help them succeed.

The master of occupational therapy (MOT) degree educates professional occupational therapists by providing them with a strong foundation of knowledge, encouraging active learning and critical reflection, and fostering integrity and compassion. Our program will prepare you to:

  1. Enter the field ready to practice with confidence, creativity and caring.
  2. Continue on a path of scholarly inquiry as you practice the art and science of occupational therapy.
  3. Practice according to ethical principles that benefit clients individually as well as society as a whole.
  4. Provide leadership within the profession of occupational therapy.
  5. Contribute to health care and social policies of the state, the nation and the world.

Our 28-month curriculum includes both classroom and fieldwork experiences. Foundation-forming and skill-building courses are organized around three content domains: occupation, process and practice. Your first five semesters (22 months) will be primarily on-site at the Denton, Dallas or Houston campus. Following successful completion of the academic portion of the curriculum students engage in two semesters (6 months) in two different, full-time fieldwork experiences.

The Master of Occupational Therapy prepares graduates to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam required for licensure in every state. Individuals who want to practice in Texas may apply for a license through the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners. Requirements for state licensure vary from state to state. For more information about licensure in your state, see this list provided by the National Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners.  All academic courses must be completed within no more than 36 months. All fieldwork experiences must be completed within 24 months of academic coursework completion. Contact our department for additional information.

Program requirements

The occupational therapy program requires 83 credit hours to complete — 59 hours of core requirements (completed in the classroom/lab in five semesters) and 24 credit hours (six months) of full-time fieldwork experience. A full listing of required courses is available in the graduate catalog. The curriculum is organized by modules that represent the lifespan, focusing on:

  • Foundational knowledge for occupational therapy
  • Participation in occupational roles
  • Performance of occupations
  • Tools for practice
  • Scholarly inquiry and evidence-based practice

Next steps

Apply today

Candidates for admission to the MOT program are required to meet the general requirements for graduate admission and are also required to apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Application deadlines

  • Fall semester: October 15 (11 p.m./CST) for application to the cohort beginning the next Fall semester.

Schedule a visit

Campus visits are scheduled through Admissions at

Information sessions

Houston Open House - January 27, 2018

Dallas Open House - March 3, 2018

Denton Graduate Program Showcase - March 3, 2018

Contact us

For further questions, please contact Amber Geldersma, MOT Admissions Coordinator, at (940) 898-2801 or

Page last updated 9:57 AM, January 9, 2019