Graduate Program

M.S. Occupational Therapy

A female student sitting in a wheelchair converses with two other students Our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy prepares you in occupation-based, client-centered critical thinking and clinical reasoning for occupational therapy practice.

The 24-month program welcomes a new class of students in late May each year. You engage in community experiences and courses emphasizing occupational therapy theory, practical applications of theory, therapeutic use of self, evidence-based practice, and the use of occupation with clients of all ages.

Our curriculum emphasizes interprofessional approaches to meeting clients’ needs, allowing you to learn and work with students in UNE’s Nursing, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant programs. Through these experiences, you gain a better understanding of how your work will combine with the work of other health professionals in the workforce.

The program begins with a strong foundation in science, including a functional anatomy and kinesiology course, as well as a practice class focused on working with older people. In the fall semester the emphasis is on adults who have psychosocial and/or physical disabilities. The spring semester focuses on working with children who have a range of abilities, therapeutic use of self, and developing research knowledge and skills.

As part of the program, you complete a different clinical rotation during each of your first three semesters, focusing on rehabilitation, disability, and participation. You start by learning about the challenges associated with a specific population (geriatric, adult, pediatric), then work with clients from the population you’ve been studying. After the third semester, you complete two 12-week rotations. These more advanced immersions in the field enable you to work full-time alongside practicing occupational therapists.

After finishing your fieldwork, you return in the spring to complete one final semester of academic work. Upon successful completion of the M.S. in Occupational Therapy, you may take the national certification examination. In 2012, first-time test takers from our program had an 89% pass-rate, surpassing the national average pass-rate on the test.

In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked our program 36th among 155 Occupational Therapy programs nationwide.


The Occupational Therapy Program was first awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in January of 1985. Our program is fully accredited. 

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Ln. Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

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