Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Occupational Therapy Professional Master's Program (M.S.)
(Entry-level program for students who are not currently
The Master's Degree Program for non-occupational therapists (students
with Bachelor's degrees but who did not complete an accredited entry-level professional program in
occupational therapy) consist of a total of 59 hours of Master's Degree
Prerequisite courses and 36 hours of required and elective graduate
courses with or without thesis (a total of 95 credit hours of course
Plan of Study
Students spend six months of the three year program in full-time internships (Level II
Fieldwork*) where they apply the theoretical knowledge and skills
appropriate to an entry-level qualified professional occupational
therapist. Most sites for these three-month internships are in the
mid-Atlantic area, but arrangements also can be made in other locations
if openings are available.
Application deadline:As of January 2009, due date is February 1 for Fall admission.
* Note: All Level II Fieldwork is completed within 24 months of
completion of academic course preparation.
A maximum of 6 term hours of "C" or "C+" grades in prerequisite
courses are allowed. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the
Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).
In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state
licenses usually include a passing score on the NBCOT certification examination. (Persons convicted of felonies may be unable to sit for the certification examination and should inquire in advance of program entry regarding eligibility.)
Academic Standards for Graduate Program
A maximum of six term hours of "C"
or "C+" grades in
graduate courses are allowed for graduation. All students must
complete all required and elective graduate courses.
Students admitted conditionally to the College of
Graduate and Extended Education must receive a minimum GPA of 3.0
for their first three graduate courses.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
for entry into graduate-level course work. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must
be maintained throughout graduate course work and is required for
All students must complete OCTH 880 Graduate Project
with a minimum grade of "B."