Grand Valley State University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.) is offered through the university’s College of Health Professions. The program prepares graduates to take leadership roles in traditional and nontraditional settings where occupational therapists practice and act as advocates for the profession and for the members of society who use occupational therapy (OT) services.

The program’s curriculum provides highly integrated content, a focus on student perspectives, and strong emphasis on the social responsibilities of health care professionals in a globally aware society. Its theme is that occupational involvement is critical to maximizing individual health and wellness.

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$78,610 - $81,390
TOP 10% MADE $120,440
15-20% JOB GROWTH BY 2030

The annual wage for occupational therapists in MI was $78,610 - $81,390 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates of the program become occupational therapists and work in:

  • Hospitals/acute care
  • School systems
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Mental health facilities
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Why Study Occupational Therapy at Grand Valley?

Personal. The program is built on graduate core requirements, but designed to meet individual career goals in research, doctoral study, or health and allied health programs.

Successful. 100% of Our Graduates who want to work in the field of occupational therapy are employed in the field.

Convenient. The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences puts students in the heart of Grand Rapids Health Hill near the Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health, St. Marys Health Care, and other businesses.

Hybrid Option Available

Learn more about our hybrid program, created for the adult learner and nontraditional student.

Flexible, convenient, and affordable.

Courses Offered

The Occupational Therapy, M.S.O.T. program requires 81-82 program credit hours to complete. OT students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Developmental curriculum for pediatrics, adults, and older adults
  • Group intensive therapy
  • Practice based research project
  • Mental health


Completed applications must be VERIFIED BY OTCAS no later than the January 15th deadline for both the Traditional and Hybrid program. A supplemental application must also be completed to the GVSU Admissions Office . NOTE: It can take OTCAS several weeks to verify applications. Unverified OTCAS applications are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 

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