MS/OTD Curriculum

For an overview of the program objectives, curriculum sequence, capstone process and other important information about the MS-OTD program, please view this recorded Information Session:



The MS-OTD program is fully online with courses offered separately or as integrated sections with students in the Cognition-focused PP-OTD program. The program offers intensive mentoring from internationally recognized course instructors and PP-OTD Director with various areas of expertise as well as a peer-mentoring program with current PP-OTD students and experienced clinicians.

Course Sequence

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Advanced Applications of Theory to Practice (8100) (3 credits)
  • Advanced Evidenced-Based Practice (8530) (3 credits)
  • Professional Development (8993) (2 credits)
  • Capstone 1: Planning and Residency (8107) (2 credits)

Total Credits: 10

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Ethics & Occupational Justice (8550) (2 credits)
  • Cognitive Basis of Function and Decision Making (8505) (4 credits)
  • Case-Based Application (8106) (1 credit)
  • Capstone 2: Residency & Project (8994) (3 credits)

Total Credits: 10

Semester 3 (Summer)

  • Methods of Teaching (8510) (3 credits)
  • Advanced Writing for Publication (8113) (1 credit)
  • Capstone 3: Project Completion/Presentation  (2 credits)

Total Credits: 6

Doctoral Capstone Components

  • Capstone Project: A knowledge translation or building capacity project applying evidence-based practice
  • Clinical Portfolio: Six education artifacts comprised of: Program Development project, Continuing Education projects, Evidence-based projects, and Reflection on the Doctoral Process
  • Evidence-Based Research Paper: Publication ready manuscript based on components of the capstone project