Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

School of Occupational Therapy

Location: Manchester, Worcester
Start Term: Fall

Build on your bachelor’s degree to develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for a rewarding career in occupational therapy.

Expert Instruction. State-of-the Art Technology.

Occupational therapists help people achieve or regain independence in their daily lives. In this two-year, full-time program offered at our Manchester and Worcester campuses you will develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for a successful career in occupational therapy. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in our advanced laboratories and through a wide range of clinical experiences on and off campus. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam and launch a rewarding career.

Your Two-Year Journey

After working closely with expert faculty, you will put your new knowledge and skills to work at field placements in hospitals, clinics, schools, and community-based settings.

First-Year Experience

  • study the critical reasoning and contemporary theory essential to occupational therapy practice
  • begin practice engagements in several areas, including mental health and therapeutics
  • examine motor performance and fundamental skills across the human lifespan
  • learn about the neuroscience foundations of therapy
  • embark on your first apprenticeship and field practice

Second-Year Experience

  • concentrate on challenges involving children and adolescents
  • learn about cognitive and visual challenges facing patients of all ages
  • examine advanced management concepts for occupational therapy practices
  • create patient treatment programs that span months and years
  • engage in actual practice in real-world environments and state-of-the-art labs
  • explore the wide range of occupational therapy careers

Occupational Therapists Make a Measurable Impact on People’s Lives

MCPHS adds up to be a strategic choice for a career in occupational therapy.


Best Healthcare Jobs

Occupational Therapists are ranked #4 best healthcare job in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report


Job Growth

Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 12% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


median salary

The median annual salary for occupational therapists is 93,180, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupational Therapy: The Program Experience

Student and faculty share their perspectives on the MCPHS Occupational Therapy experience.
mcphs OT students

Awards and Recognition

The MCPHS Manchester Occupational Therapy program has earned recognition as one of the Best Graduate Schools for Occupational Therapy according to U.S. News and World Report, 2024
Graphic of Badge Best Grad Schools, Health, Occupational Therapy, US News and World Report.

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Undergraduate Pathway to a Career in Occupational Therapy

A graduate degree is necessary for a career in occupational therapy, but if you have not yet earned your bachelor’s degree, we offer an accelerated undergraduate to graduate option.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — Occupational Therapy Pathway (BS/MSOT)

Five-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) website.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at NBCOT Results are based on the calendar year.