Masters in Occupational Therapy

Employment opportunities for Occupational Therapy graduates are excellent: The U.S. News & Report lists Occupational Therapy in the top 25 for 100 Best Jobs 2017 and Best Health Care Jobs 2017, and Time Magazine projects that careers in OT will grow 30% by 2024. Our fully-accredited MSOT program, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, prepares students to become leaders in a growing field in as little as two and a half years.

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About our Program 

  • An 80-unit program requiring full-time, weekday attendance 
  • Student centered learning, small classes, experienced faculty
  • Over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training and learning laboratories provided

The OT program at Dominican University of California is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Visit the MS in Occupational Therapy webpage for more information. 

Application Process

Please complete all components of your application with the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application System, OTCAS

All items, including volunteer forms, are to be submitted directly to OTCAS unless otherwise specified. We do not consider incomplete applications. To be considered for admission, you must meet the admission requirements and complete the entire application process 

*Application items such as international documents (Bank Statement, Passport Photo, Certificate of Finance, English Proficiency, certificates, and  licenses, etc.) can be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at 50 Acacia Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901.

You may have up to three courses in-progress at the time of applying


Admission Requirements:

1. Complete Application

A complete application includes a completed OTCAS Application.  

2. Bachelor’s Degree

Provide proof of a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning demonstrated on an official transcript before start of program.

3. Official Transcripts

We require official transcripts of all coursework, including all undergraduate, graduate, community college, and study abroad coursework (unless university-sponsored). 

4. 3.0 GPA

You must meet a minimum GPA of 3.0 in your most recent 60 semester units of work, including both graduate and undergraduate coursework.

5. Statement of Purpose

Write a brief, 500 word essay describing your goals and your reasons for pursuing this degree. If you've previously applied to this program, write an additional 150-200 words describing what has changed to ready you for the program since the last time you applied. 

6. Volunteer Work

Attention: New Process! You will now submit volunteer forms through the OTCAS application. Your supervisor(s) will fill out your volunteer form. You will then upload the completed form directly into your OTCAS application. If you do not complete all of your volunteer work at one location, a separate form is needed for each locationTime sheets or other facility forms can not be submitted as proof of volunteer work.

We require a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer work. At least 40 hours must be under the supervision of an OT, and within two years of the program's start date. You may complete a maximum of 20 hours in a human services setting under the supervision of a non-OT. 

7. Resume 

Please submit a resume with your application. Your resume must include an "Other Relevant Work Experience" section, where you should account for any experience you have that is related to the OT profession. Please do not include the volunteer experience that you submitted on your volunteer form. 

8. Letters of Recommendation 

We require a minimum of two, but no more than three, letters of recommendation, to be submitted through the application. They should be addressed to the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee. We do not accept letters of recommendation from relatives, supervisors from your volunteer form, or character references. Please don't ask individuals to contact the committee directly on your behalf. They will not be considered. 

9. Official GRE Score

We do not have a minimum score requirement, but we do require all candidates to submit their scores!  Please use the  Dominican University of California OTCAS code 4107 when indicating your program as a score recipient. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) will transmit official GRE scores electronically to OTCAS.

10. 3.0 Prerequisite Course GPA 

Be sure to complete all of the following prerequisite courses. We give priority consideration to candidates who have completed all prerequisites by the application date. If you are granted admission with pending prerequisite coursework, you must successfully complete all in progress prerequisites and/or degree conferral before the program starts. We do not accept any courses taken the summer before the start of the semester. 

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Human Anatomy with lab (completed within the last 5 years)
  • Human Physiology with lab (completed within the last 5 years)
  • Lifespan Development (or Developmental Psychology)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psychopathology)
  • Statistics (math or psychology only, not business)
  • Medical Terminology (1-unit or more)
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (recommended but not required)


Fall 2019 Admission Deadlines

July 18, 2018 Application period opens on OTCAS
November 30, 2018 Application deadline (must include ALL materials)
December 2018 - February 2019 Application file review period
Ongoing Applicant interviews 
February 2019 Notification of admission, priority waitlist, and denials 
March 2019 Deposit due- admitted candidates who have not accepted admission and paid the deposit by the deadline will forfeit their place in the class. The deposit is non-refundable.
March - August 2019 Priority waitlist admission- students will be admitted from the priority waitlist on an ongoing basis as space becomes available.


Graduates holding an MSOT from Dominican are eligible to sit for the national examination administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) and are eligible to be licensed in any state, enabling them to practice nationally and internationally.  Applicants to the program are advised that a felony conviction may impact their eligibility for certification or credentialing as an occupational therapist.