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Masters of Occupational Therapy Overview


We have made some changes to the application requirements for fall 2021 due to COVID-19. Applicants should review the "How to Apply" page for more detailed information. 

A Degree that Leads to a Future

The professional program leading to a Master of Occupational Therapy is rooted in occupation and occupational science. Central to the teaching mission of the program are occupation based, strong occupational therapy skills, professional skills and research. The program has numerous innovative teaching components including a Level II fieldwork focus on health settings and community-service settings. We are committed to educating strong clinicians for the unfolding future.  According to US News, our program is ranked in the top third of all USA OT grad programs (47/156)!

NBCOT Program Statistics

The total number of graduates from the University of Utah Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 95, with an overall graduation rate of 94%.

Year Students Entering/ Graduating Graduation Rate
2017 33/32 97%
2018 34/31 91%
2019 34/32 94%
Three-Year 101/95 94%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)


Accreditation is the on-going process by which an agency evaluates a program of study as meeting certain pre-determined standards and criteria. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is accredited by the U.S. Office of Education as the only accrediting agency for educational programs in occupational therapy. The U of U MOT Program has been accredited by ACOTE (2017-2027).

Estimated Tuition

Tuition Rates

The Board of Regents and the University of Utah Administration have designated the Occupational Therapy program as one of the programs with differential tuition for all students.

Students will be required to pay an increased amount of tuition--in addition to regular tuition. These monies are earmarked specifically for the Occupational Therapy program to help support our curriculum and programs.

There will also be fees for certain classes and labs. View tuition rates. Scroll down to Occupational Therapy. Click on the applicable residency to see the current rates. We estimate around $300 to $500 for textbooks based on the semester. We encourage students to purchase used or e-books to reduce costs. The OT faculty work together to coordinate textbook needs. For example, a book you'll purchase for your first semester will continue to be used throughout the curriculum. 

Program Costs

Program costs, as compiled by the Occupational Therapy program, based on the current year income accounting rates and additional fees per course.

Scholarship Information

A comprehensive list of university wide scholarships can be found at Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.

Residency Information

Residency Requirements

Tuition at the University of Utah is charged at differential rates for residents versus non-residents. If you are admitted as a non-resident, we strongly recommend that you read the University’s Institutional Policy on residency reclassification which may be found here:


The MOT Program at the University of Utah has been approved by the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)! This program enables students in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming to attend graduate school in Utah at the resident rate. As of June 2017, Arizona will no longer support student for occupational therapy. For more information, please visit WICHE

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ACOTE location

c/o Accreditation Department
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

The Eugene B. Casey Building
800 South Frederick Avenue Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Fax 301-869-8492

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. Most states licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam.