Professional Two-Tiered MS/OTD

How to Apply to the MS/OTD

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session or watch the online information session video before they apply. Admission is for the Fall semester only.

Selection is the joint responsibility of NYU Steinhardt's Office of Graduate Admissions and the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Application Due Date

December 15

Fall enrollment decisions are made by mid-March. An official decision letter is emailed by the NYU Steinhardt's Office of Graduate Admissions. 

For detailed instructions on how to apply, including deadlines and application requirements, see the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admisions Application Guide for this program

How to Apply for Admission

Application Requirements:

  1. Online Application- All applications must be submitted online
  2. Application Fee
  3. Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose 
    • You should provide: 
      • A synthesis of how your work/volunteer/life experiences led 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)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    • One letter must be from an OT supervisor at a volunteer site.
    • The second and third letters can be from a college professor or an employer.
  5. Transcripts. The admissions office requires one official transcript from every postsecondary institution attended. See more information on submitting transcripts.
  6. Prerequisite Checklist. Carefully read the Prerequisite Course Requirements information sheet before completing the Prerequisite Checklist.
  7. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  8. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams and submit the scores: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. See more information on English proficiency testing.
  9. GRE

If you have any questions you can contact the Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services at occupational.therapy@nyu.edu. We also encourage students with questions to attend or view our Information Session.

Prerequisite Courses

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

This combination of prerequisite courses is designed to offer applicants flexibility in acquiring the knowledge base necessary to succeed in our program and to reflect the diverse academic backgrounds of our prospective applicants.

Applications may be submitted prior to the completion of prerequisite courses. Prerequisite coursework must be completed by admitted students prior to beginning the fall semester. A minimum grade of B is required for all prerequisites.

A bachelor's level undergraduate degree must be conferred before enrollment.

See the prerequisite course listing and prerequisite checklist (PDF). 

The application for graduate admission may be accessed via the MS/OTD Graduate Application Guide

The Graduate Admissions Office strongly recommends all parts of the application be uploaded and submitted online. However, if any materials have to be mailed, you need to include the document cover sheet and send to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Items received without a document cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application.

If you have any questions you can contact the Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services at occupational.therapy@nyu.edu. We also encourage students with questions to attend or view our Information Session.