Welcome to the UAB M.S. in Occupational Therapy program!

We are the #3 ranked program in the Southeast in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools. Ranked #23 overall, our acclaimed faculty offer innovative curriculum for students interested in becoming occupational therapists.

MSOT students smiling while practicing with flexibility bands

Our entry-level occupational therapist program is now a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree so we are no longer accepting applications for the MSOT. Please click here for more information and to apply to our new entry-level OTD program. Thank you!

The UAB Department of Occupational Therapy program is 23rd in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the most recent "Best Graduate Schools" edition. Our graduates consistently post board pass rates above the national average and become experts and leaders in the field of occupational therapy.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and our graduates are eligible to sit for the occupational therapist certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy© (NBCOT).

Because our OTD program is fully accredited, the ACOTE has changed the status of our MSOT program to "accreditation-inactive" as of April 2, 2022. They have granted a one-year extension allowing our final cohort to graduate.

We use team-building assignments and other methods to give you the opportunity to collaborate and work closely with peers in the program, in addition to our faculty. We are uniquely position to include a full course on low vision rehabilitation, drawing on the national and international reputation of our low vision faculty. We also require two assistive technology courses.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed to lead to a professional licensure in Occupational Therapy. While there is a national professional exam, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination, associated with the occupational therapy licensure, specific licensure requirements still vary from state to state. UAB is working to develop an online, publicly-accessible database to assist in providing this state-by-state information. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact UAB State Authorization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 205-934-7217.