Occupational Therapy, MSOT

This program prepares students to sit for the occupational therapy national certification exam, through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy, MSOT

At Maria College, our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is a 70-credit, full-time learning program, completed over two years with face-to-face meetings on weekends, on-campus in Albany, NY. Upon successful completion, program graduates are eligible to sit for the occupational therapy national certification exam, through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Passing the certification exam allows graduates to apply for occupational therapy licenses in the states of their choosing.

Occupational therapy is a growing profession, serving people of all ages and backgrounds. Occupational therapists work in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing, other rehab settings and the community. Maria’s occupational therapy master’s program is designed to emphasize opportunity education and to benefit under-served populations with an emphasis on cultural awareness, wellness and community integration. This program is great for working adults, in fact many students are able to work part-time while completing their degree. Contact our admissions team to learn more or start your application today for the MSOT program!

We welcome diversity.

In Maria’s MSOT program, we welcome and encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and walks of life. We encourage applications from adult and non-traditional learners, from second career individuals and those with undergraduate degrees outside of those typically found in occupational therapy. These backgrounds can include but are not limited to the visual and performing arts, philosophy and education, theology and or philosophy, and many other disciplines.

The Maria experience.

Maria offers very competitive tuition rates, exceptional personal attention with a warm and friendly environment, and a weekend schedule for courses in the MSOT program. With our state-of-the-art learning spaces and quality student services, you will have access to the technology and resources to succeed in a small school environment. Finally, our program utilizes a blended weekend format designed for working adults. Please see the curriculum outline for course sequences.

Early Mentoring Program.

The Early Mentoring Program provides incoming MSOT students with instruction and review of essential professional terminology and hands-on skills. The course is free and available to students accepted into the MSOT program.  Notably, other mentoring activities continue throughout the program. 

The Early Mentoring program begins with online activities in June and culminates with one Saturday on-campus meeting in August. 

While not required, the program is strongly recommended for students who do not already have an OTA degree; or, for OTAs who would like to brush up on their skills. 

This program is great for working adults. Many students are able to work part-time while pursuing their degree. Contact our admissions office to learn more about our occupational therapy pathway or to apply to for the MSOT program today!

Accreditation Status

ACCREDITED MASTER’S-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM 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 www.acoteonline.org. 
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.


Maria’s MSOT Program
Our new MSOT program at Maria College, in Albany NY, admits its next class in the Fall semester, 2022. This program is fully accreditation through ACOTE.

You may contact ACOTE at the address below:
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 www.acoteonline.org.

For general questions about the program, please contact the Director, Don Kallembach, at dkallembach@mariacollege.edu.

Applicants should note: a felony conviction, prior to the start of or during the completion of the MSOT program may affect the ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and to obtain licensure in some states.

  • Admissions Requirements

    Apply to Maria College’s Master’s in Occupational Therapy Program

    Applying to the program is free and relatively simple. You can apply beginning on October 18, with priority applications due by March 1, 2022 for the Fall 2022 cohort. Early admissions may be available for well-qualified applicants. When spaces remain, we will continue to accept applications after March 1, and through August 15, 2022.

    Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.

    Start your application!

    MSOT Admissions Policy and Requirements

    Qualified applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The minimum GPA requirement for prerequisites is 3.2. The program will not be conducting interviews with applicants, except in the cases described, below*.

    Required Prerequisite courses:

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II with Labs
    • Applied Kinesiology (recommended)
    • Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Human Development
    • General Psychology
    • Gross Anatomy with Lab or Neurobiology with Lab (recommended)
    • Sociology
    • Statistics and/or Research Methods

    The following items need to be submitted via Maria’s Admissions Department:

    • Academic transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Resume of professional, educational, and volunteer experiences, if appropriate.
    • Personal essay/statement
    • Academic letters of recommendation (2)
    • Supportive documentation showing a minimum of 20 hours of supervised clinical observation.


    Applicants that have completed their bachelor’s degree and all required prerequisites will be given priority in the admissions process. However, we have accommodations to this policy for students who have not completed their undergraduate work, prior to the admissions deadline; but who otherwise meet admissions standards.

    Students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with a minimum of 100 undergraduate credits and a prerequisite GPA of 3.2 or higher can apply to the program for provisional acceptance, provided other entrance criteria are satisfied. The bachelor’s degree must be completed, the minimum GPA requirement maintained, official academic transcripts received, and all prerequisite requirements met prior to the beginning of the master’s program, or the applicant will be denied entry into the program.

    Otherwise, qualified applicants deficient in one qualification may petition to be considered for admission. The Graduate Program Admissions Committee will evaluate the applicant for consideration, to include an admissions interview, provided there is space available in the program or for approval to the waitlist. *Qualified applicants may be asked to complete an interview with the Committee. The committee will interview the candidate to determine if the deficiency can or will be addressed prior to commencement of the program or if the applicant can demonstrate other qualities which would make them a strong candidate for entrance to the program.

    The MSOT Admissions Policies does not have provisions for advanced placement, transfer of credits from other graduate programs, or credit for experiential learning

  • Technology Requirements

    Upon entering the program, applicants will have regular and reliable internet access and a laptop, or other portable device, and be able to utilize the following functions:

    • Blackboard Learning Management System
    • Accessing library databases for purposes of research
    • Video conferencing, chat, web browsing and internet searches
    • Bibliography management software (provided by the College)
    • Microsoft Office Cloud functions
  • Course Sequence

    First Year: First Semester (Fall)




    OCT 501

    Occupational Therapy Domain and Process


    OCT 502

    Theories and Models of Occupational Therapy Practice


    OCT 511

    Functional Anatomy for Practice


    OCT 514

    Groups, Cultures and Contexts


    OCT 515

    Physiological and Neurological Effects of Occupation





    First Year: Second Semester (Spring)

    OCT 504

    Assessment and Intervention II: Psychosocial Factors and Community Wellness


    OCT 505

    Research I: Professional Writing


    OCT 512

    Conditions Affecting Occupational Performance


    OCT 513

    Movement Sciences Affecting Occupational Performance




    First Year: Third Semester (Summer)

    OCT 506

    Assessment and Intervention II: Developmental


    OCT 507

    Interventions with Assistive Technology


    OCT 508

    Healthcare Systems


    OCT 509

    Research II: Topics in Occupational Therapy Research




    Second Year: First Semester (Fall)

    OCT 601

    Assessment and Intervention III: Adult Physical Dysfunction


    OCT 603

    Research III: Research Intensive


    OCT 604

    Level I Fieldwork


    OCT 605

    Occupational Therapy Practice Integration




    Second Year: Second Semester (Spring)

    OCT 606

    Professional Roles, Responsibilities, and Administration


    OCT 607

    Level II Fieldwork (1st Rotation)




    Second Year: Third Semester (Summer)

    OCT 608

    Level II Fieldwork (2nd Rotation)




  • Program Costs

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