Professional Entry-Level Master's Program in Occupational Therapy

Admission Criteria

  • A completed Bachelors’ degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed GRE Scores
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
    • 3 credits of General Biology
    • 8 credits of Anatomy and Physiology
    • 3 credits of General Psychology
    • 3 credits of Developmental Psychology or Human Development across the Life Span
    • 3 credits of Abnormal Psychology
    • 3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology
    • 3 credits of Statistics
    • 3 credits of Intro to Research Methods
  • An on-campus interview with an on-site writing sample provided (scheduled by the department)

All prerequisite coursework must be complete within 10 years of the enrollment date. Applicants may apply with no more than three "in-progress" prerequisite courses. Six out of the nine prerequisites must be complete by the deadline submission date for the application to be reviewed.

Important Application Dates

The deadline for applications for the Professional Entry-Level Master's Program is February 1, 2021. Please contact Dr. Michelle Bradshaw for further information.

Additional Application Materials Needed

  • Completion of the application form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation; one recommendation from a health care practitioner. if possible

Will I need a doctorate to practice?

No! The Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association voted in April 2019 to keep both the master's and doctorate entry-level degree options. The ruling means that a master's degree allows an individual to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam, and become a registered occupational therapist. 


OT Graduate Program Office
321 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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