Graduate Programs

Master of Occupational Therapy


The University of Texas at Tyler
Dept of Health and Kinesiology
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7031

Degree Information
Dr. Anjali Parti
Phone: 903.565.5714

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler 
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

Master of Occupational Therapy
The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is an entry-level program for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) with bachelor’s degrees who would like to become registered Occupational Therapists (OTRs). Students will attend five semesters of blended instruction, combining online with on-campus delivery, followed by two, twelve-week Fieldwork experiences. These courses and fieldwork experiences allow the student to graduate with the MOT degree, and to sit for the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy registration exam. Students who obtain a passing score on the exam will become registered occupational therapists (OTRs), eligible for state licensure.

Students will be admitted to the COTA-to-MOT hybrid program once a year in the Fall semester.


The University of Texas at Tyler’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is committed to providing access to a high quality occupational therapy program for individuals seeking to enhance their professional development, broaden their perspectives and enrich their lives. We are committed to providing students education rooted in occupation and driven by client needs and evidence based practice. Faculty and students engage in creative scholarly inquiry, innovative knowledge translation and community-based service that promotes health and wellness through occupational therapy practice.

The MOT program has identified the following goals:

  • Maintain and pursue excellence in teaching
  • Role model occupational therapy practice and professionalism.
  • Create and value opportunities to support lifelong learning.
  • Participate in university and community service.
  • Build partnerships with healthcare providers.
  • Promote scholarly work production and dissemination.
  • Establish student organizations within OT program.

Program Philosophy

Recognizing that occupation is essential throughout the human life span, it is incorporated within the beginning, middle, and end of each UTT-MOT student’s educational experience. We believe in the art and science of occupational therapy practice, and seek to facilitate development of necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in our graduates to enable culturally-sensitive, ethical, holistic, client-centered, evidence-based practice.

Program Overview

  • The UTT-MOT is an entry-level program; however, all students admitted to the program will be licensed, experienced Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs). Experienced COTA MOT students possess foundational experiences in occupational therapy practice and prior knowledge that shape both the student and the educator. Students will be engaged in advanced clinical reasoning and critical thinking processes that build upon their prior knowledge and skill sets, and will be challenged to develop enhanced capacity for reflective practice.
  • The UTT MOT program integrates current theories of adult learning and engagement throughout the MOT’s student academic experience to foster academic achievement in students.
  • The UTT MOT program supports self-directed learning through active engagement in academic and scholarly activities in classrooms, community and online learning environments. Students will be challenged to construct new understanding of foundational knowledge obtained as part of their OTA educational experience. The triad of classroom, lab and community experiences allows for an authentic focus on real-world learning and client interface that promotes transfer of didactic knowledge to current and emerging practice settings as students respond to each individual client’s complex need for participation in meaningful occupations to promote occupational therapy outcomes.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Graduation Requirements

  • All academic courses must be completed within no more than 36 months.
  • All fieldwork experiences must be completed within 24 months of academic coursework completion.
  • Students must meet the academic requirements of the Graduate School throughout their course of study in the MOT program.

Admission Requirements (Please read carefully as some requirements have changed.)

  • Completed online application to UTT graduate school
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution completed prior to application
  • One year full-time experience as licensed COTA (or 1500 hours) completed prior to application
  • Overall GPA of 3.0/4 calculated on last 60 credit hours
  • Completed Recommendation Form from two licensed OTs with documented supervision of applicant
  • Current resume
  • Current COTA licensure
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher prior to application
  • Prerequisite Form
  • Documented acceptable Graduate Record Exam score within previous 7 years (GRE scores not required if applicant has an earned graduate degree from an accredited academic institution)
  • Successful completion of interview

Important Dates

  • Applications for Fall 2023 will open in mid-October, 2022
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Decision deadline: May 1, 2023

Who can apply

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA)s

Course Information

  • The estimated total cost of attendance for the program is $30,000.
  • Required Courses
  • Prerequisite Courses (17 hours) must earn a grade of “B” or better in each course

Course Prefix

Course Number





Abnormal Psychology




Lifespan Developmental Psychology





Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory





Anatomy & Physiology I





Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory





Anatomy & Physiology II









Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Application Instructions:

*Official transcripts should be sent to:

                Office of Graduate Admissions
                3900 University Blvd, STE 345
                Tyler, TX 75799

Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to

For more information, contact MOT faculty and staff at

More information about tuition, charges and fees.