Dual-Degree Program



Dual-Degree Program

Students in the dual-degree program will receive a B.A. or B.S. in a liberal arts major and an M.A. in occupational therapy. Students who wish to become registered occupational therapists should choose this option. The core courses in occupational science are taken at the graduate level and are combined with other courses required for the M.A. in occupational therapy.

A strong background in liberal arts and sciences provides the foundation for core courses in occupational therapy. The dual-degree can be completed in 5 ½ to 6 years. Undergraduate students pursue one of the following pre-occupational therapy tracks:

Day Students: Public Health, Psychology, Exercise and Sport Science or Communication Studies

Evening/Weekend/Online Students: Public Health or Communication Studies

Academic plan

Core Courses

  • OSOT 5100: Life Occupations
  • OSOT 5150: Occupational Adaptation
  • OSOT 5250: Group Dynamics and Leadership
  • OSOT 6100: Occupational Inquiry
  • OSOT 6500: Policy and Politics in Human Service Systems
  • OSOT 6550: Seminar

Additional Courses

  • OSOT 5050: Foundations of Occupational Therapy
  • OSOT 5400: Clinical Conditions I
  • OSOT 5550: Clinical Kinesiology
  • OSOT 6050: Psychosocial: Assessment and Intervention
  • OSOT 6150: Motor: Assessment and Intervention
  • OSOT 6250: Sensation, Perception and Cognition: Assessment and Intervention
  • OSOT 6350: Clinical Conditions II


  • BIOL 2510: Human Anatomy*
  • BIOL 2520: Human Physiology*
  • INDI 2220: Medical Terminology
  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology
  • PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 3010: Abnormal Psychology
  • One statistics course selected in consultation with department advisor

*At least one of these courses must include a lab.

Admission options

  1. Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)
    High school students who apply to the University on or before February 15 of their senior year are given priority consideration for admission to the dual degree GAP program. Up to 20 students are admitted to GAP each year and are selected based on GPA, SAT or ACT score, and a review of their application to the University. Minimum criteria for the GAP program are a high school GPA of 3.25 and an ACT score of 24 or better or an SAT score of 1,020 or better. Students admitted to the GAP program must meet MAOT admission criteria (overall GPA of 3.5 and prerequisite GPA of 3.5) by December 1 of their junior year to be considered for dual-degree admission.
  2. Standard Application Process
    You must apply to the dual-degree program by December 1 of your junior year. Applicants must meet admission criteria for the dual-degree program (overall GPA of 3.20 and prerequisite course GPA of 3.20).
  3. Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy Program
    This option is designed for students who are completing a B.A. or B.S. in another major. You complete a baccalaureate degree, including the prerequisite courses for the MAOT program, and apply for admission to the MAOT program through OTCAS.