Bookmark and Share

MSOT and OTD Tuition/Financial Information

Pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment of both time and resources.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) consists of 83 credit hours (which includes two 12-week fieldwork experiences), and is normally completed in two and a half years. The total cost of tuition for the incoming MSOT class in fall 2017 is $94,150 for the two and a half year duration including fieldwork. There are no additional fees, and tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) consists of 114 credit hours (which include two 12-week field work experiences and one 16-week apprenticeship), and is normally completed in three and a half years. The total cost of tuition for the incoming OTD class in fall 2017 will be $134,900 for the three and a half year duration including fieldwork and the doctoral experiential component. There are no additional fees, and tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Additional financial aid is also available to students through application with the Financial Aid Office at the School of Medicine. You may contact this office at 314-362-6845 or by visiting their website at The Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are obtainable at the level of $20,500 a year. A Direct application loan award is routinely included in the financial aid packet once you have been accepted to the OT program and have completed your financial aid application. Additional funding sources above the $20,500 can also be found with a Direct Graduate PLUS loan or a Private Student loan with the banking institution of your choice. These loans are credit based and can go up to your total cost of attendance budget, therefore making it possible to finance your education in full. Students are strongly encouraged to seek outside sources of financial support. Some outside resources can be found at and through the American Occupational Therapy Association at

As you consider financing your graduate education, please include the cost of living in your calculations. St. Louis has a very affordable cost of living, with lower than average housing costs and an abundance of free and low-cost activities near the campus.

Scholarships and Fellowships

All applicants are considered for merit scholarships during the admissions process. Students are notified of any scholarship awarded with admission. Graduate assistantships are also awarded to a small number of top students during the admission process. There is no separate application for these awards.

Students planning to attend the Program in OT are invited to apply for the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study. This competitive fellowship provides a substantial amount of tuition remission to women of exceptional promise. 

Withdrawals and Refunds

Students must inform the course master that they intend to withdraw from a course. If the course is a required course (vs. elective) the student must meet with their academic advisor, and then obtain permission to withdraw from the course from the Program Associate Director. During the first two weeks of classes, withdrawals from a course will not show on the transcript; and all records of the course will be deleted. Between the third and twelfth weeks, a withdrawal will appear as a “W" on the transcript. After the twelfth week, no withdrawals will be permitted, even if the instructor consents to the withdrawal after that date, except with permission of the Program Director.

A student who requires an extended program or withdraws from a course will receive a tuition refund based upon tuition paid, and following the Withdrawal Refund schedule:

Withdraw Date
Applicable Refund
Within 1st week of classes
Within 2nd week of classes 70%
Within 3rd or 4th week of classes 60%
After 4th week and before end of 8th week
After 8th week (6th week of Fieldwork)

The student must contact the Occupational Therapy Academic Systems Manager, Washington University School of Medicine, and the Office of Financial Aid as soon as they withdraw from a single course, from the semester, or from the degree program.

If tuition and fees are paid entirely or in part by financial aid from the school, the refund will be applied first to the total repayments of the accounts from which financial aid was drawn, and the balance, if any, will be given to the student. Financial aid received in excess of the costs of tuition and fees must be refunded by the student to the school on the same prorated basis as the tuition refund outlined above.

Tuition for "Retake" Courses

When a student is required to retake a course, he or she will be charged tuition for the "retake" course; this includes “retakes” of the required Level II Fieldwork experiences. NOTE: For Fieldwork II retakes, the tuition charge includes the cost of student health insurance.


US News Report, Best Grad Schools