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Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT)  is a 2- year long postgraduate program designed to prepare enrolled students in the application of theory, evidence, and critical thinking skills to maintain, evaluate, and improve the practice of occupational therapy. For admission to the program, candidates need to have completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from a recognized institution with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

Top Institutes offering this course are:

  • ADN Medical College and Paramedical Science
  • Jaipur Occupational Therapy College
  • Manipal University, School of Allied Sciences

The average tuition fee charged for this course in India ranges between INR 1 and 9 Lacs.

Admission to Master in Occupational Therapy course is based on the candidate’s test score, academic profile, and performance in interview. The mode of admission is an entrance examination carried out by different universities.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Counsellor, Research Assistant, Academician, Supervisor etc., in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, GP practices (primary care), community health centers, early intervention centers, education establishments, government agencies, mental health services etc.

Average starting salary offered in India to Master in Occupational Therapy professionals ranges between INR 2 and 10 Lacs per year, increasing with experience in the field.

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Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT): Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeAnnual
EligibilityBachelor in Occupational Therapy (B.O.T)
Admission ProcessBased on counseling after clearing entrance tests (CET etc.)
Course FeeINR 1 to 9 Lakhs p.a.
Average Starting salaryINR 2 to 10 Lakhs p.a.
Top recruiting companiesHelp Age India, Medybiz Pvt Ltd, Hosmat Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital etc.

Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT): What is it About?

    Occupational Therapy is also known as Physical Therapy, and is the science of cure and rehabilitation of the physically, emotionally, mentally and neurological disabled and challenged people. Occupational therapy focuses on modifying the task, environmental adaptation, education, and subsequent treatment of the client.

    Master in Occupational Therapy course offers the following specializations:

    • MOT Developmental Disabilities
    • MOT Hand and Musculoskeletal Conditions
    • MOT Neuro-rehabilitation
    • MOT Mental Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 

    Essentially, it is any activity, physical or mental, medically prescribed and professionally guided to aid a patient in recovering from disease or injury through the use of therapeutic methods, assistive technology, orthotics (splint) and environmental modifications.

    Occupational therapists work in a vast array of settings, including the following:

    • Physical Dysfunctions
    • Pediatrics/Developmental Disorders
    • Cardio- Pulmonary Disorders
    • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
    • Community
    • Neurological Disorder
    • Geriatric
    • Mental Health

    Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT): Top Institutes 

    Listed below are some of the top institutes offering Master in Occupational Therapy course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

    Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
    Dr. Tamil Nadu MGR University, ChennaiChennaiINR 20,000 (course)
    NIMS UniversityJaipurINR 35,000 (course)
    Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences ManipalINR 4.2 Lacs (course)
    SRM University Chennai ChennaiINR 80,000 (course)

    Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT): Eligibility 

    Candidates wishing to apply for Master in Occupational Therapy course need to meet a minimum criterion of eligibility which is a 10+2 qualification with a minimum aggregate score of 45- 50%, and graduation (Bachelor in Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy), including 6 months of internship.

    Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT): Admission Process

    Eligible candidates are required to qualify a relevant entrance examination followed by a round of group discussion. Subsequently, qualifying candidates are needed to go through additional rounds of a personal interview as the final stage in the process of selection. The main entrance exam held in India for admission to the course is GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering).

    General Category: The admissions are on the basis of marks obtained at the qualifying examination and there is no entrance test.

    Foreign/NRI Category: Admissions are done on the basis of marks obtained at the qualifying examination.

    Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT): Syllabus and Course Description

    A year-wise breakup of Master in Occupational Therapy syllabus is tabulated below:

    YEAR I


    Research Methodology and Biostatistics

    Pedagogy in Occupational Therapy Education

    Application of Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation

    Administration, Management & Ethical Issues

    Role of Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunctions

    Occupational Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders – I

    Role of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

    Occupational Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders – II

    Assessment & Management-I

    Assessment & Management-II

    O.T Clinics-I

    O.T Clinics-II



    Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT): Career Prospects

    Professionals involved in occupational therapy employ the following:

    • Various exercises and physical and mental activities meant to challenge and thereby further improve and develop motor and sensory perception,
    • Judgment and problem-solving skills,
    • Cognition,
    • Hand functions and hand-eye coordination.

    Successful postgraduates of Master in Occupational Therapy course interested in higher studies in the discipline may pursue any of M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the subject.

    Occupational therapists find employment in the following settings:

    • Public and private hospitals
    • Country or community health centers
    • Rehabilitation units (medical, vocational, psychiatric)
    • Regular and special schools
    • Consultation services
    • Special centers providing training for persons with a social, intellectual or physical disability
    • Independent living centers
    • Workplace health and safety units
    • Nursing homes
    • Psychiatric clinics and hostels
    • Residential and rehabilitation centers for people with an intellectual disability
    • Centers of tertiary education
    • Research institutions
    • Private practice
    • Pediatric, psychiatric, orthopedic or neurological rehabilitation centers
    • Special schools
    • Industrial Medical Facilities
    • De-addiction Centres
    • Educational Institutions
    • Geriatric Centres

    Top recruiters of the discipline includeHelp Age India, Medybiz Pvt. Ltd., Hosmat Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Talwalkars Pantaloon Fitness Pvt. Ltd., Intellectual Resource Training Private Limited etc.

    Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

    Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale
    OsteopathThese are health professionals who are responsible for helping patients regain their ability to perform daily living and work activities. Their patients have generally lost these abilities because of mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling conditions.INR 2 to 4 Lacs
    Occupational therapists (OTs)They have teaching, service-related, and scholarship responsibilities with primary teaching opportunities in the kinesiology, anatomy, cardiovascular/pulmonary, pediatric areas.INR 6 to 8 Lacs
    ResearcherWith a thorough knowledge of occupational therapy techniques, materials, and equipment, they include evaluation, treatments, and intervention for individuals with extremity trauma.INR 4 to 6 Lacs
    Therapy ManagerThey oversee staff and day-to-day operations at their places of work. Depending on the employer, they may also interact with other people, such as hospital staff or representatives from an organization's department of physical therapy.INR 4 to 6 Lacs
    Assistant PhysiotherapistThese are healthcare workers who help teach clients how to effectively cope with limitations in movement, daily functioning, and activity. A PTA works under the supervision of a licensed Physiotherapist.INR 2 to 4 Lacs
    Sports Physio RehabilitatorSports Therapists work with sport and exercise participants to help prevent injuries, and recognize, manage and treat them should they occur, and then rehabilitate the participant back to full fitness.INR 3 to 5 Lacs

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