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MA/OTD Single-Decision Option

Occupational Therapy

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Occupational Therapy offers a special admissions option that allows therapists with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy to apply directly to our clinical doctoral degree and earn a master's degree during the educational process.

Our MA and OTD in Occupational Therapy provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and critical thinking via course work that builds a foundation of critical analysis, evidence-based practice, ethics, and theory. The OTD prepares advanced occupational therapists to deliver, present, and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to provide high-quality care.

Benefits of a Combined MA/OTD Application Option

  • Occupational therapists holding a bachelor's degree can apply directly to our clinical doctoral OTD

  • After completing the MA degree, you can continue uninterrupted onto the OTD without having to submit another admissions application

  • Full-time students can complete the two degrees in 2 ½ years of study

  • Part-time study is available to accommodate working students  

MA/OTD-Specific Admissions Requirements 

  • GRE 

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Interviews (as requested by the department)

 Special Application Instructions

  • On the application, please click the box to indicate you are applying to the MA/OTD option.

  • In your personal statement, please note your interest in continuing on to the OTD.

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See deadlines, application requirements, and instructions on how to apply on the Graduation Admissions Application Guide.

MA/OTD Application Guide

Related Degrees

MA, Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional)

This one-year master’s gives professionals the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge in occupational therapy.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Post-Professional Degree

In this practitioner-focused advanced degree, occupational therapists enhance their clinical and analytical skills to build their knowledge and credentials.

For more information about the MA/OTD option, please email ​