About Occupational Therapy at UNE

Earn your OT degree in Portland, Maine with the University of New England — recognized as a top university by The Princeton Review. The UNE M.S.O.T. empowers students to become innovative occupational therapists who influence the health and wellness of people and communities through the transformative power of occupation.

Become a Leader in the Growing Field of OT

The University of New England Occupational Therapy program is a community of scholars and students who are passionate about the transformative power of everyday activities. We define “occupation” as any activity that brings a sense of meaning to a patient — from a child learning to play to a senior maintaining the ability to cook. Be a part of our innovative OT degree program in beautiful Maine. Find your purpose in helping others connect with their purpose. 

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What Makes the UNE M.S.O.T. Special?

Experience all areas of practice


UNE M.S.O.T. students develop a diversity of career options through engagement with the full range of practice areas. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. About OT Fieldwork at UNE

Study with innovative scholars

Two U N E Occupational Therapy students working with a professor in the O T Lab

You will have a fascinating OT education in the care of faculty who are engaged with and dedicated to your progress. Our team includes nationally recognized scholars who bring the leading edge of theory and practice to the classroom. See OT Research

Learn with other health professions

Occupational Therapy students in Portland, Maine.

UNE is a leading health university, so our OT students receive interprofessional training alongside future doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. You’ll learn how to collaborate in today’s team-based health care. About the Occupational Therapy Degree Program 

Partnerships and peers

occupational therapy class of 2018 students stand in a 2018 shape

With UNE’s long-term community partnerships, you’ll have access to fascinating field learning. Through these relationships and our welcoming, supportive culture, you’ll build a strong network for your occupational therapy career. View M.S.O.T. Curriculum

Meet Alumnus Matthew Capaldo, ‘13

"The University of New England OT program casts a very wide net in order to allow us to learn a multitude of skills in different clinical backgrounds.” — Matthew Capaldo ’13; Director of Rehabilitation at Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston

Read M.S.O.T. Testimonials

Quality academics, respected degrees

UNE is proud of the recognition we've received, which echoes the success of our students: 100% of our 2019 to 2021 graduates passed the NBCOT licensure exam within one year.

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Live and study in Portland, Maine

UNE M.S.O.T. students study on our Portland, Maine campus, a classic New England quad with brick buildings and tall trees that's about 100 miles from downtown Boston. Portland, named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit, is the city on every list. A rustic port hosts a cool cultural scene — with outdoor adventure all around. UNE’s campus is just 10 minutes from downtown. Take a Virtual Tour

Portland harbor near the UNE health professions campus in Portland, Maine.

OT by the numbers


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Additional Information


Our mission is to develop, innovative, and collaborative OT practitioners and leaders who respond to the dynamic needs of people and communities to support health and wellness through occupational engagement.


Our vision is to lead the profession in meeting the society’s occupational needs of people, communities, and populations by fostering excellence in occupational therapy teaching, scholarship, and service.

NBCOT Exam Pass Rates

M.S. program graduates are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy. Learn more about the exam and UNE pass rates


The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at UNE was initially accredited in 1985 and has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) since that time. Our next accreditation visit will occur in the 2024/2025 academic year. ACOTE is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.


LEND conference attendees

LEND faculty and trainees participate and present at national disabilities conference

UNE representatives at OT conference

Recent Occupational Therapy and Maine LEND graduate presents at state conference

LEND family picnic

Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities supports local families at annual picnic

Portland Campus

UNE Presents at the 2022 National Nexus Summit

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