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 foundational semester in the summer including theory, therapeutic use of self, functional movement analysis and occupational analysis. This is followed by the fall semester, which emphasizes mental health practice as well as research and leadership. The spring brings a focus on practice with children and youth, continued research and management. The final didactic semester before fieldwork has a focus on Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation (RDP) with adults and older adults, specific practice skills and exploring context. 

As part of the program, you will complete Level I Fieldwork working with individuals in the areas of mental health, children and youth and adults and older adults. After completion of your didactic coursework, you will complete two twelve-week Level II Fieldwork rotations where you will work alongside practitioners with clients addressing their specific occupational needs. You will then complete one rotation in the area of RDP, and one in either Mental Health, Children and Youth, or another, different RDP setting. 

After finishing your fieldwork, you will return to campus for a one week immersion of synthesis, exploration and exam preparation. Upon successful completion of your coursework and fieldwork, you may take the national certification examination.

The UNE MSOT 4-year average for exam pass rate is 99.5%.


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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