Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy Program

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In response to national trends toward entry-level doctoral education for occupational therapists, Cleveland State University's Master of Occupational Therapy Program is in the process of transitioning to the doctoral level. Cleveland State University's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Cleveland State University plans to offer a 3-year, 8-term, entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree beginning Fall 2020. The Master of Occupational Therapy Program will no longer be accepting applications for admission.

Please refer to the following webpage for further information about the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

The Cleveland State University (CSU) Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program welcomes your interest in our academic program. Occupational Therapists (OT) use everyday activities as the means to enable people to thrive, moving beyond disabilities or limitations, creating opportunities to maximize participation in life.   If you feel satisfaction from and enjoy helping others achieve competence, meaning, and self-fulfillment in their daily lives, then occupational therapy may be an excellent career choice for you. With anticipated growth of up to 23.8 percent between 2016 and 2026, the field of Occupational Therapy has been ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 15 best jobs of 2019.

The MOT Program is one of seven programs in the School of Health Sciences, offered within the College of Sciences and Health Professions.  The OT Program has been in existence for over 40 years, admitting its first Bachelor’s degree class in 1974.  The program transitioned to an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2002. 

Graduates of the CSU MOT Program are prepared to work in both medical and community-based settings. They assume diverse roles in clinical practice, consultation, teaching, management, research, and advocacy.  The occupation-centered curriculum is designed using an adult learning model, integrating didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences through seven consecutive semesters.  The Program offers unique service learning programs in the community that are designed to provide our students with an opportunity to participate in innovative and emerging areas of practice that enhance engagement in meaningful occupations to improve the quality of life and health of participants.  The experienced faculty provide high quality instruction and learning opportunities, preparing graduates to become skilled and ethical practitioners who provide occupational therapy services to diverse individuals and communities within complex interdisciplinary systems using the best evidence.

To learn more about our program, please explore this website.  Additionally, the MOT Program strongly encourages all interested students to schedule an appointment with an MOT advisor.


To learn more about our faculty, please visit their faculty profiles.


The CSU Master of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
301.652.AOTA (2682)