St. Bonaventure University

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Why MSOT at SBU?

Three things set our program apart from others: a student-centric culture that focuses on ensuring your success; dynamic faculty who are experts in their fields; brand new state-of-the-art facilities in SBU's Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions.

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.  

Patient receives hand therapyEarn 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. Click here for more information.

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.

iBona Initiative: Apple-certified faculty & student iPads

Instructors in the occupational therapy program have earned Apple Teacher Certification as part of their commitment to utilize Apple iPads to enhance the learning experience for students. It's part of the program's iBona initiative, which provides iPads to incoming OT students. Learn more.


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

  • 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. 

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