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The Department of Occupational Therapy now offers a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program.

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree program is only available to candidates with a University of Pittsburgh Freshman Occupational Therapy Guarantee who began undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall of 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016.  Candidates with Freshman Occupational Therapy Guarantee status, for these years, should contact the Department of Occupational Therapy at OTpitt@shrs.pitt.edu or 412-383-6620.

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The MOT Program is only available to candidates with a University of Pittsburgh Freshman Guarantee for Occupational Therapy who began undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall of 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016. 

Baccalaureate Degree

Students are admitted into the MOT Program after successful completion of a baccalaureate degree and successfully maintaining the Freshman Guarantee requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C:

Human anatomy & physiology (with a laboratory component), 4 credits    
Behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, and/or anthropology), 6 credits
​Statistics, 3 credits   

Note: AP credits are not accepted as fulfillment of prerequisite courses

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Complete the GRE ® General Test. Please arrange to send your GRE scores to the University of Pittsburgh using institution code 1894. Visit the GRE Web site for more information about the GRE.

Experience in Occupational Therapy

Complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in at least two different occupational therapy practice areas (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, medical rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation, home healthcare, school system).

Letters of Reference

Submit three letters of reference (one from an occupational therapist, and preferably one from a college-level instructor). Letters of Reference must be submitted directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy by the recommender. References can be emailed to OTpitt@shrs.pitt.edu or mailed to:

Department of Occupational Therapy
5012 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Self-Evaluation Essays

Demonstrate evidence of graduate level writing skills in an essay (personal statement), discussing your strengths, skills, and experiences that will contribute to your success in the MOT Program and your professional goals for becoming an occupational therapist.  The Self-Evaluation Essay is submitted to the Department of Occupational Therapy with the application. 

Technical Standards/Essential Skills

Attest to satisfactory performance of the technical standards/essential skills required for successful completion of the MOT curriculum. Students admitted to the MOT Program must review the Technical Standards and submit a signed form at the time of matriculation.

Technical Standards/Essential Skills

Application Information

Applicants to the MOT Program apply by contacting the Department of Occupational Therapy at OTpitt@shrs.pitt.edu and requesting an application. 

The MOT Program begins in June each year. To be considered for admission your application must be submitted by October 15. Prerequisite courses must be completed by January 1. The Department of Occupational Therapy begins reviewing complete applications and offering admission in November for the program starting the following June. Applications are complete when all materials, including letters of recommendation, have been received and GRE scores are available. 

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy at:

Department of Occupational Therapy
5012 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For questions about the receipt, and processing of your application, please contact OTpitt@shrs.pitt.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The MOT Program requires that students complete fieldwork education at facilities external to the University of Pittsburgh and such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34 clearance, and a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in fieldwork education. Additionally, to become licensed, many states inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.