Combined Bachelor's and Master's Program

Enter our program in your first year as an undergraduate, and remain with us for five years to earn a bachelor of science degree in occupational science and a master's degree in occupational therapy.

Highlights of the Combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy Degree

  • Direct admission to the graduate program - no separate application process
  • Occupational therapy coursework begins in your first year
  • Hands on learning opportunities in every year of study
  • Exciting on and off campus clinical experiences under the supervision of licensed OT faculty members
  • Flexibility for a robust campus experience, including full semester and short-term study abroad experiences, completing a minor, participating in athletics, or holding a job
  • Exploration of research interests through a mentored individual or group graduate research project
  • A dedicated Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to secure placements and ensure you get the most out of your fieldwork experiences
  • An accelerated timeframe where you officially graduate with your master's in mid-October following your fifth year (provided that all coursework and program requirements are completed satisfactorily).
  • Graduate eligible and ready to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) competency exam to become a registered occupational therapist.
Trans-Supportive College/University

With a 5 out of 5 rating on the Campus Pride Index, IC is deeply committed to inclusive programs, policies, and services for LGBTQ+ students — and started National Pronoun Day.

Best Value

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Best University in the North

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Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Ithaca College combined BS/MS program in occupational therapy during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 128, with an overall graduation rate of 96.2%. 

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2020 47/45 95.7%
2019 41/39 95.1%
2018 45/44 97.8%
Total 133/128 96.2%

Tuition and Fees

Our Student Financial Services Office provides information on our tuition and fees, as well as opportunities for financial aid. The OT-specific billing policies for the graduate portion of the program are available on this webpage.

Visiting and Applying

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions arranges all campus visits for the BS/MS degree program. We offer both campus visits and virtual experiences. Visit our undergraduate admissions campus visit and virtual experiences webpage for more information on upcoming opportunities.

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions processes all applications for our combined BS/MS degree program. Visit our undergraduate admissions webpage here to walk through the application process to apply today!

More Program Information

Ithaca College's occupational therapy program is focused on five threads of curricular design. These include:

  • Occupation
  • Human and Environmental Systems
  • Theory-Based Practice
  • Evidence
  • Participation and Engagement

You can read more details about each of these threads here.

Fieldwork offers hands-on practice outside of the classroom where you can integrate academic knowledge into real life and treatment situations. The occupational therapy fieldwork that you complete in our program will enrich your coursework and shape you into entry-level clinicians. Fieldwork is similar to a residency program for physicians or student teaching for classroom teachers. It is required to be awarded your master's degree and to be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination. 

As you move through the two levels of fieldwork (Level I and Level II), you will have increasingly complex experiences. Early experiences start with guided observation and hands-on practice of concepts intended to reinforce course content that you are learning in a particular semester. Later experiences will require that you take full responsibility for assessment and intervention of your supervising therapist's caseload and all the multitude of responsibilities related to being an entry-level occupational therapist. 

Learn more details about the fieldwork experience.

You will be assigned to an occupational therapy faculty member who will serve as your adviser for the 5 years of study. This allows you to get to know your adviser well, and makes it easier to problem solve if an issue arises and to get the personal and professional support you need to ensure success.

There are two important GPA requirements. You must have a 2.7 GPA at to the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year in order to continue into the junior year of the program. The 2.7 GPA must be maintained in the subsequent semesters as a minimum requirement to stay in the program. If you have less than a 2.7 in any semester after sophomore spring, you will receive program warnings and/or be dismissed from the program as per procedures outlined in the Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog. In order to move into the graduate year, you must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of the senior year.

In addition to academic standards, students must meet the department's Technical Standards while enrolled in the program. 


OT Department Office
321 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca College • 953 Danby Road • Ithaca, NY 14850