School of Health Sciences

Master of Occupational Therapy Program


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The CSU Occupational Therapy Program welcomes your interest in our academic program. If you are concerned with helping others achieve competence, meaning, and self-fulfillment in their daily lives, then our OT Program may be an excellent choice for you. We believe that the quality of our instruction and services for our students prepares them to be dedicated occupational therapists.

Graduates of the MOT Program will be prepared to work in both medical and community-based settings and to assume diverse roles including clinical practice, consultation, teaching, management, participation in research and advocacy activities. The ability to interact effectively on a variety of teams will be emphasized throughout coursework. The curriculum is designed using an adult learning model and integrates didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences through seven consecutive semesters.

Occupational therapy is a challenging, yet rewarding field. We hope you will consider applying for our Program and joining us in this noble profession.

***Important Information for Persons Applying for the MOT Program for Fall 2016***

This year only applicants who are accepted into the MOT Program will be required to complete an application to the CSU College of Graduate Studies.  Do Not submit an application to CSU Graduate College Admissions and DO NOT pay any application fees to Cleveland State University.  When you are accepted into the Program you will be given instructions about applying to the CSU College of Graduate Studies

With the recent implementation of the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) there has been confusion about the requirement for reference letters.  Although Cleveland State University does not require reference letters, applicants must submit the names of 3 references as part of the OTCAS application process.  The actual reference letters do not need to be submitted to OTCAS. Make sure that you go to the CSU Program page in OTCAS and mark the appropriate courses you want us to consider for our prerequisite course requirements.

For 2016 applications, we are waiving the 300 minimum combined verbal and quantitative GRE score requirement.  We are requiring a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytic writing portion of the GRE, and applicants must be sure that we have received a GRE score prior to the January 15 deadline.  Please request that a copy of the test results be sent directly to the MOT Program at Cleveland State University.

To submit a complete application to the MOT Program by the January 15 deadline:

Make sure you have ordered all college transcripts to be sent to OTCAS, paid the application fee to OTCAS, and filled out the application form completely on the OTCAS web site.

Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and request that the scores be sent directly to the MOT Program at Cleveland State University so we receive them by the January 15 deadline. If you have previously taken the GRE and can order the test scores, the scores are good for 5 years.  If the scores older than 5 years you will be required  to retake the GRE.  Students who applied in 2015 do not need to resubmit GRE test scores to us.  Last year’s scores will be used unless you notify us that you are re-taking the exam or are submitting revised scores.