Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of the B.S. degree program in occupational science at Ithaca College.
  2. Completion of the required courses listed below.
  3. Completion of a research project or thesis that includes a proposal, data collection or library research, analysis, and presentation of results.

The research thesis is conducted under the supervision of faculty members and must meet professional publication standards. Students’ proposals must be accepted for thesis research by the faculty. These students will register for OTMS 67200/67300 Individual Thesis Research.

Students who do not undertake a thesis must take OTMS 67100 Group Research I and OTMS 67120 Group Research II. The group research sequence is a faculty supervised research study in which a student must collect data and analyze, interpret, and present findings in both oral and written format.

Students enrolled in the thesis option who have completed all coursework except the thesis will be required to maintain active student status through the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies until completion. Students should work with their program advisers to plan an appropriate course and credit schedule. For international students this schedule will be reflected in the immigration paperwork.

Major Department Requirements

OTMS 62000

Advanced Theory and Practice


OTMS 62600

Professional Practice in Community


OTMS 65000

Applied Pediatric Neuroscience (3) or


OTMS 65100

Applied Adult Neuroscience (3)

OTMS 65500

Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy


OTMS 66500

Gerontic Occupational Therapy


OTMS xxxxx

Clinical Elective I


OTMS xxxxx

Clinical Elective II


Total, major department requirements


Students must take 3 credits from the OTMS 64xxx list of clinical elective courses and three credits from the OTMS 68xxx list of courses. Specific courses offered will be determined by student consensus.

Spring Graduate Electives

Clinical Elective Courses

OTMS 64100

Adaptation and Environmental Modification


OTMS 64300

Cognitive Rehabilitation


OTMS 64500

Vocational Readiness


OTMS 64600

Play and Leisure


OTMS 68100

Advanced Concepts in Physical Disabilities


OTMS 68200

Advanced Concepts in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy


OTMS 68300

Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Rehabilitation


OTMS 68400

School-Based Occupational Therapy


OTMS 68500

Hand Therapy


OTMS 68800

Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention


Clinical Fieldwork Courses

OTMS 60000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Children and Adolescents


OTMS 69000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Adult and Geriatric


OTMS 69500

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Elective Specialty or


OTMS 69600

Elective Internship

Total, clinical fieldwork



OTMS 67200

Individual Thesis Research I (3) and

OTMS 67300

Individual Thesis Research II (3) or

OTMS 67100

Group Research I (3) and

OTMS 67120

Group Research II (3)

Total, research


Total, M.S. in occupational therapy


Clinical Fieldwork

Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training, and students must complete three level II fieldwork experiences in preparation for their degree and certification. Fieldwork centers maintain contractual relationships with Ithaca College, and students are placed in fieldwork centers by the fieldwork coordinator well in advance of the beginning of these placements. Once placements are confirmed, students cannot alter them.

Students will be assigned to fieldwork based on their preferences and the availability of placements. Students should expect to do at least some of their fieldwork at a distance from their homes and Ithaca. They are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements, although the department and the fieldwork center are usually able to provide some help. Students and their families need to plan ahead for this process.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requires that all level II fieldwork experiences be completed within 24 months of the completion of the academic portion of the curriculum. Students who fail to complete graduate fieldwork within this period are subject to dismissal from the program.