St. Bonaventure University

Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

The Master of Science degree in occupational therapy is a professional degree program that prepares students academically and professionally for responsibilities and services as an occupational therapist.

The occupational therapy program educates students as generalist practitioners, in accordance with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Occupational therapists provide holistic and client-centered care in a number of settings, including inpatient and outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and community-based mental health programs. OTs build and utilize skills specific to the setting and client population served. For this reason, occupational therapy students will gain knowledge and entry-level competencies across all settings and with all ages so that they are prepared for employment in any area of practice.  

Earn your MSOT degree in 23 months

Students can complete the program in 5+ consecutive trimesters. This includes one semester during the summer that is completely online, which enables students to return home until the program resumes in the fall.

Why choose OT?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $84,950 in May 2019.

According to CNBC in 2019, OT was included in the top 5 of the 11 most meaningful college majors and how much they pay.


As an applicant program, applications submitted to St. Bonaventure University will not be reviewed until Candidacy Status is granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Candidacy Status is not a guarantee of accreditation. The Candidacy Status decision is anticipated to occur in April 2021. Furthermore, the program cannot admit students until Candidacy Status is granted by ACOTE. Pending approval of the New York State Education Department.

  • Department mission, philosophy & expectations

    Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of society through the preparation of highly skilled occupational therapists, and through scholarship to discover, evaluate, and implement new knowledge to improve models of practice and methods of intervention in both our local rural context and globally.