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The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is designed for people with an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy. It is a rigorous course of graduate study comprising 62 credits, including 12 credits of Fieldwork II, taken within two calendar years. In addition, because the degree is a Master of Science (rather than a Master of Occupational Therapy, or MOT), there is a requirement for research experiences that includes completion of a research project.

Second-year occupational therapy students during class.

The MSOT program at UNC-Chapel Hill is an entry-level program, organized and sequenced for full-time, in-person study. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification exam, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy ® (NBCOT®), and obtain a license to practice in their state. If you are interested in learning more about the similarities and differences between entry-level masters (MSOT or MOT) and entry-level OTD degrees, please click here.

Using the menu items to the left, interested individuals can learn more about the MSOT curriculum, application process and requirements, costs of the program, and access a profile of accepted students and FAQs. Elsewhere on the website there is information about our history, mission and philosophy, PhD program in Occupational Science, community engagement, faculty, equity and inclusion efforts, partnership with Novant Health, and other connections and events.