Professional Entry-Level Master's Program in Occupational Therapy
If you received a bachelor's degree in another area of study and are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy, the professional entry-level master’s program is designed for you!
The program duration is just over 2 years, consists of 90 credits, and prepares you to sit for the national certification examination.
- 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.
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
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Fax: (607) 274-3055