Occupational Therapy, Professional-Entry Level (M.S.)

This professional entry-level master's program is designed for individuals who have received a bachelor’s degree in another area of study and are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. The program duration is just over 2 years, consists of 92 credits, and will prepare students to sit for the national certification examination.

Admission criteria includes

  • A completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
  • 3 credits of 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 Research Methods

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.

  • An on-campus or phone interview with an onsite writing sample provided

Application materials needed:

  • Completion of the application form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • GRE score report
  • Two letters of recommendation; one recommendation from a health care practitioner if possible
  • Two additional letters of recommendation are required for an assistantship


Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis for a one-year time period (fall and spring). Graduate assistants assist faculty members by engaging in one or more of the following tasks: doing research in support of faculty scholarship and/or class preparation, assisting in undergraduate classroom/laboratory activities and review of students' assignments, maintaining hours in technology lab to assist students in technology-based assignments, maintaining open laboratory sessions for student projects, coordinating administrative projects and program activities. Applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship are required to send two additional letters of recommendation.

Apply online.

Application deadline is February 1. Please note that this program has a mid-May start date.