The Program in Occupational Therapy offers several professional degrees as well as a joint degree with the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Students interested in entering the field of occupational therapy may do so with a master’s or doctoral degree. It is possible to enroll in either program and apply to transfer to the other later, as both the master’s and the doctoral programs share the same curriculum for the first year of study. Students may also decide to apply to both programs if they like. Typically, the doctoral program attracts students who have further interest in research and leadership in the field.

Our Degrees
  • Master’s (MSOT)

    The MSOT is two and a half year program that prepares students to become a practitioner in any practice area. A master's degree is required for entry into the profession of occupational therapy.

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  • Doctorate (OTD)

    The OTD is a three and a half year program for students who want to assume a leadership position in practice, management, teaching and/or clinical research.

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  • OTD for Licensed OTs

    The OTD degree at Washington University prepares experienced occupational therapists for important leadership roles in health care, academia and the community.

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  • Joint Degree MSOT/MPH

    The MSOT/MPH joint degree is a three and a half year program that prepares students to work in a diverse array of settings including academia, community agencies, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

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  • PhD in Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS)

    The Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD program aims to develop rehabilitation scientists whose research questions are chosen based explicitly on their potential to generate fundamental knowledge that will enhance health, improve quality of life, and reduce illness and disability.

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3-2 Program
  • 3-2 Program

    The 3-2 program at Washington University allows students to finish their bachelor's and master's degrees within five and a half years. During the first three years as an undergraduate, the student takes the requirements for his or her major and prerequisites for the Program in Occupational Therapy. Accepted applicants are full-time occupational therapy students durin their senior year, reducing the time in school by one full year.

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  • WUSTL 3-2 Program

    Designed specifically for Washington University (WUSTL) undergraduate students, this program allows you to earn both your undergraduate degree and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) within five and a half years.

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Current, future, and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.

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Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
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