Program Deadlines and Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.) in Professional Entry–Level Occupational Therapy
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Ithaca College offers a professional entry–level master's degree in addition to the combined BS/OTD program. The professional entry–level track is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another area of study or are career changers and are interested in becoming an occupational therapist. 

M.S. in Professional Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Graduate Application Dates and Information
Application deadline for assistantship or scholarship consideration As available. We use a rolling admissions process, so early application is strongly encouraged.
Regular application deadline OTCAS opens mid-July and we accept applications continuously through March 31 with a rolling admissions process. We begin application review in October. Early application is strongly encouraged.
Minimum GPA 3.0
Prerequisite Course Requirements Yes. Prerequisite course requirements are available at this link. All must be completed with a grade of C or higher. We strongly encourage applicants to review the Technical Standards for the program too.
Recommendation  letters Yes. A minimum of two are required (one preferably from a health care practitioner). If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, two additional letters are required.
Essay There are several short essay response questions included in the OTCAS application. You must also provide a current resume/CV and an individual writing or work sample.
Testing None. International students please review English language requirements at this link.

Transcripts must be uploaded into OTCAS. Upon matriculation, an official, final electronic transcript from each college or university attended must be sent to Transcripts sent from a personal email are not official. If an official electronic transcript cannot be provided, an official paper transcript may be sent to:
Ithaca College
Office of the Registrar
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Application fee Yes, paid through OTCAS.