College of Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Occupational Therapy Professional Master's Program (M.S.)

(Entry-level program for students who are not currently Occupational Therapists)

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 work).

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 prerequisite coursework.

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 graduation. 

  • All students must complete OCTH 880 Graduate Project with a minimum grade of  "B."


Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Enrollment Services, Room 245

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2762
Fax: 410-704-2322




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