Frequently Asked Questions

Professional (MS) and Two-Tiered Professional/Post-Professional (MS/OTD) Program

Do I need to take the GRE's?

What is your minimum GPA?

When is the deadline for application to the program?

What is the admission procedure?

What parts of the application should to be submitted online and what should be mailed in?

I have submitted my application to Graduate Admissions, how do I know if they received all of my materials?

How many students are in each class?

When will my admission decision be mailed?

How long is the program?

Can I attend on a part-time basis?

Must I have a specific undergraduate major to be accepted to the program?

What are the prerequisites?

Where can I take the prerequisites?

Can I apply before I have completed all the prerequisites?

How many volunteer hours do I need?

Will a felony conviction impact the ability to become a licensed therapist?

Can I apply to the Post-Professional (Master of Arts) Program?

Does the Department offer courses via the Internet (Distance Learning)?

How do I apply for student housing?

Is it possible to tour the University?

How much does it cost to attend the occupational therapy program?

How do I apply for financial aid?

Is the occupational therapy program accredited?

Want additional information about NYU's OT Program?

I still have questions, whom do I contact?

 

Do I need to take the GRE's?

Professional (MS) Program- The GRE is not required for admission to the professional master's program (OTHR).

Two-Tiered Professional/Post-Professional Program- The GRE is required for admission to the two-tiered master's/doctoral program (OTHR/OTHS).

What is your minimum GPA?

While we do not have a minimum GPA requirement, our average is 3.5.

When is the application deadline?

The MS and MS/OTD application deadline is December 15th.
Applications should be received by this deadline. All applicants have to submit an online application. That includes applicants who applied last year. Again, students who previously applied to our program have to submit a new online application and re-submit all required application materials. 

What is the admission procedure?

Please follow the directions in the Office of Graduate Admission's MS Application GuideMS/OTD Application Guide Applicants have to complete an online application. Official transcripts and supplementary materials (pre-requisite checklist) can be uploaded as a pdf and submitted online. 

The Graduate Admissions Office strongly recommends all parts of the application be submitted online.  However, If any materials have to be mailed (e.g. letters of recommendation), you need to include the Document Cover Sheet and send it directly to the Office of Gradaute Admissions.

Your application must include:

  • A personal statement. In a maximum of three pages provide:
    • A synthesis of how your work/volunteer/life experiences led you to choose the profession of occupational therapy?
    • Formatting requirements:
      • Maximum of 3 pages
      • Double-spaced
      • Times New Roman (size: 12)
      • 1 inch margins (on all sides)

Note: It is important that applicants be exposed to a variety of OT practice areas.

  • Letters of recommendation
    • One letter must be from an OT supervisor at a volunteer or observation site.
    • MS Requirement- 2 letters of recommendation
    • MS/OTD Requirement- 3 letters of recommendation

You should request that your recommender submit an online recommendation. If an online recommendation cannot be submitted, letters should be on the letterhead of the writer. Request that the letter be returned to you sealed in an envelope with the recommender's signature over the seal.  You should submit the letter along with the Document Cover Sheet directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Do not open the recommendation letter.

  • Transcripts 

You have to submit a transcript from all post secondary schools attended.  You should obtain an offical copy of your transcript(s) and scan it. You can then upload the scanned pdf to your application. 

  • Resume

I have submitted my application to Graduate Admissions, how do I know if they received all of my materials?

Graduate Admissions will notify you directly if your application is incomplete. If your application is complete you will not be notified.

How many students are in each class?

Up to 50 students are accepted for each class. The Admissions Committee seeks a diverse mix of students representing a variety of ethnic, geographic and economic backgrounds. We aim to admit a class that is the most academically promising and able, and whose varying perspectives will serve to enrich the occupational therapy community.

When will my admission decision be mailed?

Fall enrollment decisions are made from mid-March to the end of April. An official decision letter will be emailed by the Steinhardt School's Office of Graduate Admissions.

How long is the program?

MS Program- The full-time program of study is two and a half years (69 points), which includes at least six months of full-time internship (Level II Fieldwork).

MS/OTD Program- The full-time program of study is three years (90 points), which includes at least six months of full-time internship (Level II Fieldwork).

Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

We do not accept students for part-time study.

Must I have a specific undergraduate major to be accepted to the program?

No. You must have earned a B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent international credentials, in any field of study (other than occupational therapy). Your application will be evaluated and reviewed based on its merits and in the context of the applicant pool for that year.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology (This course should cover the lifespan).
  • Behavioral Sciences (One additional course must be completed in either Psychology, Anthropology or Sociology).
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with lab). These courses must have been completed within the previous ten years. These classes must be completed in a classroom setting. Online and hybrid courses will not be accepted.
  • Elementary Statistics

MS requirement- A minimum grade of B- is required for all prerequisite courses.

MS/OTD requirement- A minimum grade of B is required for all prerequisite courses.

Where can I take the prerequisites?

Prerequisites may be taken at any regionally accredited college or community college. Internet (on-line) courses in psychology, anthropology and sociology are acceptable. Human Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in a classroom setting. Course substitutions must first be approved by the Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services.

Can I apply before I have completed all the prerequisites?

Yes. If you are accepted or wait-listed, all prerequisites must be completed before classes begin in the fall. We recommend that you complete at least one science and two non-science prerequisite courses prior to applying.

How many volunteer hours do I need?

There are no set number of volunteer hours that you need to complete in order to be accepted into the program. However, it is important that you have been exposed to a variety of OT practice areas.  These experiences should be included in your resume and personal statement.

Will a felony conviction impact the ability to become a licensed therapist?

Students entering the Professional Program in Occupational Therapy should be aware that felony convictions may impact a graduate's eligibility to take the certification examination or to obtain a state license. NBCOT makes available an early determination review for any occupational therapy student or prospective student who wishes to have his or her character background reviewed.

In addition, applicants to our program should be aware that a criminal background check and finger printing may be required for fieldwork level I and II placements and to obtain a state license.

Can I apply to the Post-Professional (Master of Arts) Program?

Only students with a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy are eligible to apply to the MA Program.

Does the Department offer courses via the Internet (Distance Learning)?

No, not at the present time.

How do I apply for student housing?

Check off Box 11 on the Graduate Application. Housing information and an application will be mailed to you from the Office of Graduate Admissions. You may view the Graduate Housing office information online at www.nyu.edu/housing.

Is it possible to tour the University?

While we do not offer department tours, you are able to take a self walking tour of NYU. For more information you should visit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/graduate_admissions/

How much does it cost to attend the occupational therapy program?

Current information about costs and tuition.

Graduate: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

How do I apply for financial aid?

You need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if you wish to be considered for need-based scholarships and/or apply for federal or private loans. For more information, visit the Steinhardt School of Education's Office of Graduate Admissions web site.

Is the occupational therapy program accredited?

The Professional Program in Occupational Therapy at New York University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Tel: 301-652-6611 x2914
FAX: 301-652-7711
E-mail: accred@aota.org 
Web site:  www.acoteonline.org

Want additional information about NYU's OT Program?

View the information session that is on our website.

I still have questions, whom do I contact?

Ginelle John, PhD
Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services
NYU Steinhardt
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Department of Occupational Therapy
82 Washington Square East, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Fax: 212-995-4044
E-mail: ginelle.john@nyu.edu