The master's degree is the required degree for entry into the profession of occupational therapy. Completing the MSOT at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will give you the background you need to be a practitioner who will excel in any practice area. Click here for more information on the MSOT degree.
The clinical doctorate (OTD) is an option for students who want to assume a leadership position in practice, management, teaching and/or clinical research. They will have a mentored experience in one of these areas and in addition to coursework, will have a mentored apprenticeship to prepare for the selected area of practice
MSOT and OTD students follow parallel paths during the first two years of curriculum. During the first year, all students have opportunities to learn more about the OTD degree, faculty projects, and current research laboratories. If a student wishes to move from the MSOT to the OTD or vice-versa, there is the opportunity to do so via an additional application and approval process.
The Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD is a minimum four-year program whose purpose is to train scientists to develop new knowledge within the three core areas of neurorehabilitation, performance and community participation. This is a highly competitive program leading to careers in research and academia. Information about the Rehabilitation and Participation Science degree, and who should apply, can be found here.