Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some frequently asked questions about the MOT Program at Missouri State University. Hopefully the answers listed below will provide some clarity.

  1. Can I major in occupational therapy as an undergraduate?  Is it a bachelor’s degree? No. New occupational therapists must have a master’s or doctoral degree.  MSU’s graduate program is an entry-level master’s program.  This means we admit students who already have (or are close to getting) their bachelor’s degree and have fulfilled the necessary prerequisites.  Here is a link that outlines the Admissions process.
  2. What bachelor’s degree should I get if I want to be an occupational therapist? You can have a bachelor’s degree in just about anything; backgrounds in health, human development, science, sociology, anthropology, medicine, and psychology are just a few options. Here are some programs of study from the College of Health and Human Services.
  3. How long is the program? Seven consecutive semesters (27 months) beginning in the Fall semester.
  4. Are there documents for MSU shadowing hours and if so were I can get them? Yes; this form is located on the Admission Requirement page. MSU does not require applicants to submit this form as evidence of observation, but many applicants choose to upload their forms in OTCAS as additional documents. The students are asked to record the following information about their shadowing experience directly into OTCAS: The address of the facility where you observed; the contact person's full name, phone number and email; the type of setting you observed in; the number of hours you observed; and the type of observation you participated in.
  5. How many students will be accepted for the incoming class?  24
  6. Do my prerequisites need to be completed before I apply?  No.  Prerequisite courses may be in progress as long as they are completed by the end of the summer semester before Fall admission to the program.  Your acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of all prerequisites and maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA. 
  7. How do I know if the courses I took at my home institution are acceptable for your program? Regarding transfer credit or course equivalency, you need to cross-reference the classes you are taking with our course catalog
  8. How do I arrange a visit to Missouri State University?  Our Graduate College offers specialized campus tours for prospective graduate students. Schedule your visit using the Graduate College's online form.
  9. What is the interview process like?  Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.  The interview process will include an on-site essay and interview with OT faculty.
  10. What does your program cost? Graduate education at Missouri State is an excellent value.  You can get tuition, cost, and fee information for the Graduate College here.