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  • Hello all!

    I am wondering what exactly is the difference between a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Masters in Occupational Therapy degrees.  I have run into contradictory information, even from local professors. 

    Thank you!

    Rachel

  • I would also really like to know the difference. I'm currently in school for the MSOT, but would love to know the difference between the two.

  • My understanding is that the degree awarded (Master of Science versus Master of Occupational Therapy) is primarily connected to:

    1. The mission of the University (research and education versus primarily education).

    2. The history and traditions of the university.

    3. The historical and common practices of the Board of Higher education that awards the degree.

    For example, the University of Illinois at Chicago is classified by the Carnegie Institution as a Research Extensive (Research I) university and uses the degree tag of Master of Science in.....(M.S.) for all Master of Science Degrees.

    Functionally within the profession of OT there is no difference........

    Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Brent Braveman, PhD., OTR/L, FAOTA

     

  • I am thinking the difference is the program itself. I got my masters in OT years after getting my BS degree in OT so I sign my initials MS, OTR/L because of this. I think when you get the masters degree at once in the schools program then you sign your name MSOTR/L. That is what I was told anyway.

  • Depends on the degree.  USC offers an entry level MS and an advanced MS, but both are the same MS.  The diploma lists a major (occupational therapy), but the degree is not MSOT.  It really depends on how the schools set them up.  At SC the only degrees that went through the university wide Graduate School were MS,MA, and PhD.  The rest were considered professional degrees and were just given a general review by the university and were controlled by the school/college issuing them rather than the Graduate School.  Other universities did it differently, so ask the schools you are interested in what the title means to them.
    Ruth

    Ruth Zemke, PhD, OTR (ret.), FAOTA
    Professor Emerita, University of Southern California
    Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
     
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    Fullerton, CA 92835
    (714) 671-0364

    From: general [general@aota.org] on behalf of ekp [bounce-ekp@aota.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 3:37 PM
    To: Zemke, Ruth
    Subject: Re: [general] MSOT vs. MOT

    I am thinking the difference is the program itself. I got my masters in OT years after getting my BS degree in OT so I sign my initials MS, OTR/L because of this. I think when you get the masters degree at once in the schools program then you sign your name MSOTR/L. That is what I was told anyway.

    From: rachelleigh <bounce-rachelleigh@aota.org>
    Sent: 12/13/2010 7:18:11 PM

    Hello all!

    I am wondering what exactly is the difference between a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Masters in Occupational Therapy degrees.  I have run into contradictory information, even from local professors. 

    Thank you!

    Rachel