Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy Program Information Sessions


The following is a list of the upcoming virtual and in-person information sessions to learn about the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Governors State University. 

Use this link for virtual sessions: 

Zoom Meeting ID: 833 3014 3995

Passcode: 282377

June 7, 2023 5:30 pm In-person - G157 & Virtual
July 5, 20235:30 pmIn-person - G157 & Virtual
August 2,2023 5:30 pm In-person - G157 & Virtual
September 6, 20235:30 pmIn-person - G157 & Virtual
October 4, 20235:30 pm In-person - G157 & Virtual
November 1, 20235 :30 pmIn-person - G157 & Virtual
December 6, 20235 :30 pmIn-person - G157 & Virtual

Occupational Therapy as a Career

Governors State University’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program prepares the Occupational Therapist to build a career as a caring and thoughtful professional therapist. You will guide clients and help them regain their independence in everyday life activities at home, work, school, and in the community through responsive, evidence-based treatments. Through education and mentorship, the expert, caring, supportive faculty will help guide you along the way. The MOT program and faculty places a strong emphasis on advocacy, communication, critical reasoning, leadership, and lifelong learning—skills and activities that distinguish our graduates and empower them to become highly effective professionals.

Occupational therapists come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: a mission to help change lives. You must hold an undergraduate degree for admission to the MOT program, and while no specific undergraduate major degree is required, certain course prerequisites must be acquired prior to admission.

Reach your career goals.

Occupational Therapy is consistently ranked among the top professions in the United States. In 2017 alone, it was included in rankings by Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, MSN Money, and Glassdoor, among others. Data collected in 2020 reflected the median annual salary of Occupational Therapists at $84,290 with an average range of $67,140 -$99,300 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Why get a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy?

As a graduate student of the MOT program, you will gain an appreciation for the individual and gain an understanding of cultural identities and the role they play in shaping therapy. Our graduates work to make the profession and its services available to all and to eliminate the health disparities that exclude many from the level of care and participation they deserve. 

About the Program

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree is an entry-level ready program that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills they need to become licensed, practicing members of the profession who help clients master the tasks of daily living. Admittance to the program takes place once a year, with courses beginning in the Fall semester.

The MOT curriculum is sequential with 78 credit hours completed in 27 months for graduation. During the first year, coursework lays a strong foundation in the sciences, ethics, and the processes of Occupational Therapy. Students gain a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, movement analysis, and neuroscience. Second year coursework builds on the first year’s foundational courses and teaches students to apply their skills in increasingly complex environments. Several clinical experiences are integrated into second year coursework, and students learn through case method learning and evidence-based research. The final year is primarily fieldwork that bridges the theoretical with real-life practice.

MOT Program Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $505.00 per 1 credit hour = $39,390

Fees: (Student Center, Technology, Facilities, Health and Wellness, Instructional Support, Student Support and Services, and Strategic Initiative): $12,360

Books and Supplies: $4000  

Total Cost of Attendance for the entire program: $55,750    

All United States residents pay the same amount as Illinois residents

Tuition and fees are subject to change.  

The Governors State University Master of Occupational Therapy 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 In May 2019,  received accreditation for 10 years until 2028.

Program Outcomes 


The MOT program was recently awarded a Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grant through the Health Resources & Services Administration. The award of $2.688 million will be dispersed over five years, beginning with the incoming Fall 2020 semester.  Qualifying students will receive financial awards every semester through the year 2025.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Caren Schranz at 

  • CHHS_OT_LaurenGreen

    Lauren Green, Occupational Therapy Student Alumni

    My experience in the MOT program at GSU has been amazing and incomparable. Our small class sizes ensure a quality learning experience, and the professors are truly invested in us—they go to great lengths to make sure we understand and are competent with the information needed to succeed and grow. We take part in community experiences where we apply our skills and knowledge in the community. The experiences are eye opening and rewarding, as well as allow a learning experience that could never be simulated in a classroom.

  • CHHS_OT_CarenSchranz

    Caren Schranz, Chair of Occupational Therapy and Associate Professor

    Our well-established Occupational Therapy program is fueled by faculty members who are passionate about OT, invested in student learning and connected to the community; their strong research agendas and collaborative research with students is integrated with community partners. In addition, our facilities, including our state-of-the-art ADL (Activities of Daily Life) lab provides students with opportunities to practice providing care for clients in a setting that is authentic to their future careers.

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