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Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program trains students to help individuals maximize their health and quality of life by engaging in meaningful activity. You will learn how to evaluate clients’ functional needs, then develop and implement solutions for clients to gain independence. This professional program combines community and fieldwork experiences with classroom courses in order to connect students with clients and their families, and with professionals in other disciplines.

To learn more about the Master of Occupational Therapy, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

You must have a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. 

The program requires a number of prerequisite courses. Courses include

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology (2)
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Statistics

Please evaluate your courses to see if they satisfy the course description by reviewing this document. See the Program Prerequisite Information section below for more details.

Application Components

  1. Applications: Students must apply using the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). All required documents mentioned below will be submitted through OTCAS.
  2. Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • OTCAS
    • PO Box 9120
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. Recommendations: You’ll need three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for graduate study. Recommenders can be faculty members or immediate work supervisors.
  4. Goals statement: This should reflect your aptitude for rigorous graduate study and practice in occupational therapy, including the mental flexibility, teamwork and service to others required for success.
  5. GRE or MAT score: Your score should be in the top 50th percentile. Your official GRE scores should be submitted directly to Temple University College of Public Health’s OTCAS-specific code: 1239. If submitting MAT scores, please send directly to Temple University using code: 1666.
  6. Current résumé or CV
  7. Observation hours: You’ll have to demonstrate 40 hours of observation in at least two different settings. Hours may be in progress or planned during application, however completion prior to application is suggested.
  8. Phone interview: Once all of the required application materials are received, students may be invited to participate in a phone interview with the OT faculty.

Additional: To start your required clinical/fieldwork placement, you’ll need to pass clearances including criminal background checks, drug screenings and DHS fingerprinting. You’ll also need proof of personal health insurance. For a full list of requirements see the Occupational Therapy MOT Bulletin

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to Temple University using the code: 2906. 
  • A WES evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through OTCAS.

Admissions Deadlines

Summer II term (June start): Feb. 1

program prerequisite information

  • Temple University’s MOT Program requires that applicants have a verified grade of a "B-" or higher in each of their prerequisite courses in order to be considered for admission. At the time of application submission, prerequisites may be in progress or pending, but must be completed prior to our deadline, February 1st. Applications with prerequisites that do not have a “B-“ or higher will not be considered.
  • Lab courses must have been completed within five years. All other courses must be completed within ten years. 
  • In the event that Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology/Cultural Anthropology were completed more than 10 years ago, one may take a CLEP test or retake the course to complete this prerequisite. This is the only time a CLEP course may be accepted.
  • Courses may be taken at any accredited institution, including your local community college.
  • All prerequisite courses, with the exception of lab courses, can be taken online.
  • The only AP course we accept is AP Psychology. This must be listed on your OTCAS and official transcript to be considered. 
  • We do not accept CLEP or AP courses (with the exception as noted above) for prerequisites.
  • Please review your courses to see if they satisfy the course description. Full transcripts will not be reviewed for admissions eligibility. If you have any questions regarding prerequisites, please contact otadmissions@temple.edu. If you aren’t sure whether the course meets the requirement, please send the official link to the course description and a course syllabus for each course you want reviewed.