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MA, Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional)

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, and pediatrics.

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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 professionals in the field looking to take their occupational therapy skills and knowledge to the next level.

After completing the one-year degree, you will be prepared to return to the workforce with an enhanced understanding of occupational therapy ethics, theories, research, clinical practice, and a broadened perspective of the field of occupational therapy. The degree also prepares you to sit for the NBCOT certification examination.

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.

Our MA draws students from around the globe — countries historically represented in our cohorts include India, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China, and the Phillippines to name a few.

Come learn in a culturally-diverse, supportive, and rigorous academic environment where each student's unique global perspective enriches the larger occupational therapy profession.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact us at

MA/OTD Single-Decision Option

If you already earned a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, you have the additional option of applying directly to the clinical doctoral OTD and earning a master's during the educational process. After completing the MA degree, you can continue uninterrupted onto the OTD without having to submit another admissions application. Learn more about the MA/OTD Single-Decision Option.

The Cost of Your Education

Current information about costs and tuition is available on the Office of Graduate Admissions website.

A variety of financial aid is available to students, including help with childcare expenses. Further information will be provided upon your acceptance into the program.