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Occupational Therapy (MS)

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Occupational Therapy (MS)
Occupational therapy session with granddaughter

Provide compassionate and innovative care for diverse populations, groups, and individuals

The DePaul MSOT program is rooted in the Catholic Vincentian mission, focused on serving a diverse community in an urban and global environment. The curriculum is focused around four organizing themes: (1) Community, Justice and Advocacy; (2) Effective Occupation Based Practice; (3) Critical Skills and Leadership and (4) Life Long Learning. Students will  learn through a variety of methods such as problem based learning, community engaged learning, simulated learning, and classroom based active learning. In addition, students will learn from one another and from members of the community.​

Graduates from the DePaul Occupational Therapy program will: 

  • Advocate for access, inclusion, and social justice within health, educational, and community settings 
  • Develop culturally relevant occupation based interventions to improve health and participation within communities
  • Utilize evidence based practices to deliver ethical and effective care

​With our deep connections to Chicago’s multicultural world-class health care community, students receive a wide range of academic, research, and clinical experiences here. Students will gain the critical skills necessary to improve the health and well-being of people living with cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and other challenges within Chicago and the global community

A dynamic field with significant growth

Nationally, there is a significant demand for occupational therapists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 18% growth by 2028, resulting in more than 31,000 new positions in the U.S. Additionally, in 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked occupational therapy in the top 20 of both the ‘Best 100 Jobs” and “Best Healthcare Jobs” lists.


of College of Science and Health graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Your path to becoming a practicing occupational therapist

Our Occupational Therapy degree is the entry-level credential required by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Our program will also prepare you to pass the national board exam through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Alumni Network

Graduates of DePaul’s Occupational Therapy program will be connected to the larger alumni network of more than 20,000 graduates of the College of Science and Health.

Accreditation Note

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation 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

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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. Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 12 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.


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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or