Occupational Therapy

The University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy (OT) program is the only public doctoral‐level OT program in Minnesota and one of the oldest OT programs in the United States. Our graduates use a science-driven, evidence-based approach to help children and adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, social or environmental impairments participate in activities that they value, achieve life goals, and live as meaningfully as possible.


Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Program

The mission of the University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Program (OT) is to educate leaders in occupational therapy through innovative experience-based education and research to advance the science of OT, and foster the health and quality of life of individuals, communities, and societies. We value empathy, expertise, teamwork, results, and leadership.

Our program offers a 37 month, 116 credit, graduate-level professional program completed over nine semesters. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).




The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited 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 www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of semester 8 of the program.  The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II Fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

Our graduated students consistently achieve high National Board for Certification in Occupation Therapy (NBCOT) scores, and have significant career placement success, reporting near 100 percent job placement in OT practice positions.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification examination or attain state licensure.

To find out more about program NBCOT exam results, visit the NBCOT exam results page and choose Minnesota and OT Masters Level programs from the drop down lists.

12 South Summit Ave.
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
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Year Entered# EnteredReturned for Year 2Returned for Year 3
20195050 (100%)47 (94%)
20204947 (96%)45 (92%)
20214747 (100%)47 (100%)
20224138 (93%)N/A (Fall 2024)
202336N/A (Fall 2024)N/A (Fall 2024)

Note: only students enrolled in coursework after the drop/add period of the specified semester are counted. Students who have withdrawn, been suspended or dismissed, or are on a leave of absence are not counted in the returning number. This means, even if they are not included in the retention number, it is possible a student may still return to the program to complete their degree.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate Graduation Rates

Graduation rates represent a percentage of students within a cohort who graduate, compared to the number who began the cohort within 150% of the published end of the program. Students who did not complete the curriculum within this time period may have withdrawn, taken a leave of absence, or otherwise have left the curriculum. The first admitted OTD cohort will graduate in Summer 2022. 

Calendar Year of GraduationStudents Graduating/EnteringGraduation Rate
Total (three year average)0/14892%


* This information includes students who have graduated as of January 29, 2024. This number may increase, and will be finalized before May of 2024.

Updated Jan 29, 2024


The cost categories are estimates and are meant to assist preparing a personal budget. Individual student costs will vary. Visit the One Stop Student Services website to estimate tuition for our program.

In addition to general tuition and fees of the University, there are fees charged for individual occupational therapy courses. To identify which courses have additional fees, visit the One Stop course fees web site. Each year in July, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approves the tuition and fees for the next academic year. Tuition and Fees are subject to change. More information about Occupational Therapy costs and fees can be found one the One Stop costs, tuition, and fees page. OTD-specific fee information will be posted each Summer.

Cost of Attendance

The tables below are based upon one of three plan options to complete the degree. All options equal the same total number of credits, but the tuition varies per semester based upon the student’s individual course plan.

MN Resident Cost of Attendance (based on 2023-2024 fee structure)

 Fall tuitionFall feesSpring tuitionSpring FeesSummer TuitionSummer FeesTotal
Year 1$13,123.00$1,260.30 $13,123.00$1,260.30$9,186.00$1,260.30$39,212.90
Year 2$13,123.00$1,260.30$13,123.00$1,260.30$9,186.00$1,260.30$39,212.90
Year 3$13,123.00$1,260.30$13,123.00$1,283.30$9,186.00$1,260.30$39,235.90

The data is calculated for Twin Cities students. The amount will be lower for Rochester students. Does not include the cost of health insurance. 

View the University of Minnesota's reciprocity program information

Non-MN Resident Cost of OT Attendance (based on 2022-2023 fee structure)

 Fall tuitionFall feesSpring tuitionSpring FeesSummer TuitionSummer FeesTotal
Year 1$19,716.00$1,260.30 $19,716.00$1,260.30 $13,801.00$1,260.30$57,013.90
Year 2$19,716.00$1,260.30$19,716.00$1,260.30 $13,801.00$1,260.30$57,013.90
Year 3$19,716.00$1,260.30$19,716.00$1,283.30 $13,801.00$1,260.30$57,036.65

Fall and Spring Semesters

MN Resident
Non-MN Resident
MN Resident
Non-MN Resident
Tuition$12,756$19,164.00$13,123.00$19,716.00Per Semester (Fall and Spring) 
Academic Health Sciences Collegiate Fee$185.00$185.00$185.00$185.00Per Semester 
Student Services Fee (TC Students only)$498.55$498.55$525.30$525.30Per Semester 

Other University Fees


$370$370$400$400Per Semester 
Rochester Student Fee (Rochester Students Only)$168.00$168.00$377.00$377.00Per Semester 
Health Insurance (required if you are not otherwise covered)$1,734.00$1,734.00$1,795.00$1,795.00Per Semester 
Books and Supplies$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00Estimated Per Semester 
Admission Application Fee (One Time)$50.00$50.00$50.00$50.00One time fee 
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit (One time fee. Credit  toward first semester admission)$500.00$500.00$500.00$500.00One time fee 
Course Fees$120.00$120.00$172.75$172.75One time fee 

Summer Semester

 2022-2023 MN Resident2022-2023 Non MN Resident2023-2024
MN Resident
2023-2024 Non-MN Resident 
(Flat Rate)
(Flat Rate)
Per Credit
Academic Health Sciences Collegiate Fee$185.00$185.00$185.00$185.00Each Summer Term
Student Services Fee (Twin Cities Fees)TBDTBDTBDTBDPaid during Fall and Spring
Other University FeesTBDTBDTBDTBDEach Summer Term
Rochester Student Fee (Rochester Students Only)$0.00$0.00$377.00$377.00Paid during Fall and Spring
Health Insurance (required if you are not otherwise covered)$884.00$884.00TBDTBDEach Summer Term (if not purchased in previous Spring)
Books and Supplies$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00Estimated Per Term
Course Fees$120.00$120.00$172.50$172.50$150/Semester Clinical Fee