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Master of Arts
Occupational Therapy
Post-Professional Degree

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

In this one-year post-professional MA, you will have the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge in occupational therapy by combining core courses in theory, research methods, and clinical practice with electives in areas like assistive technology, neurology, pediatrics, and more.

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Degree Details

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Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy

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Students in this master of arts degree are bachelor trained occupational therapists looking to advance their skills and knowledge.

Through completion of the one-year degree, you will have an enhanced understanding of occupational therapy ethics, theories, research, clinical practice, and a broadened perspective of the field of occupational therapy. 

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Our post-professional program attracts students from around the world, creating a multicultural educational space where occupational therapy best practices are shared and adapted on a global scale. 

As a student in the post-professional MA, you will take a core set of graduate-level courses in occupational therapy theory, research methods, and clinical practice. The remaining courses can be Department of Occupational Therapy electives in such areas of assistive technology, cognition, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and rehabilitation, or electives from other New York University programs including special education, applied psychology, nursing, curriculum and instruction, and other related fields. 

You will work with advisors on an individual basis to design a course sequence that meets your unique needs, interests, and professional goals.

Our post-professional MA prepares graduates to be leaders in the occupational therapy profession. 

Upon completing the post-professional MA, you will be well-positioned to work as a researcher, health facility practitioner or administrator, faculty member for an international OT program, or health planner in government and public service agencies.

Paying for Your Education

NYU Steinhardt offers a partial scholarship for select newly admitted master's students who are non-US citizens. Several awards are offered on a competitive basis. Learn more about scholarship application deadlines and how to apply.

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Multicultural Study

Our MA draws students from around the globe to come to New York City to learn in a culturally-diverse, supportive, and rigorous academic environment. Read the article below to learn about a recent cohort's experience studying as a group of multicultural peers.

The MA Student Experience 


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MA/OTD Single-Decision Option

If you've already earned a bachelor's in OT, you have the option of pursuing your Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and earning your MA during the process. After completing the MA, you can continue uninterrupted onto the OTD without applying separately.

Explore the Single-Decision Option

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Alumni in Action

Meet three alumni and learn more about their decisions to pursue an MA in Occupational Therapy, their experiences in the program, and the work they are doing now.

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Occupational Therapy

Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5825

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