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MS, Occupational Therapy (Professional)

The professional MS in Occupational Therapy is part of our top US News & World Report-ranked program. This two-and-a-half year degree provides students looking to begin their careers in OT with a strong curriculum taught by leading occupational therapy educators. It offers a diverse range of fieldwork and research opportunities strengthened by the University’s dynamic New York City location.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Science Occupational Therapy

Professional Licensure or Certification
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If you have a  bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy, this MS will prepare you for a successful career as a registered occupational therapist.

Through classwork and fieldwork, you will learn theoretical and applied applications of occupational therapy for a diverse range of populations, taking courses in human anatomy, kinesiology, neuroscience, evaluation and intervention, and more. 

The degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Each incoming class consists of a diverse mix of students representing a variety of ethnic, geographic, and economic backgrounds, whose varying perspectives enrich the class and the wider occupational therapy community. As a student, you will take a range of courses together, gaining the theoretical knowledge needed to become a registered occupational therapist.

The degree involves a series of part-time Fieldwork I experiences and two full-time Fieldwork II experiences, which provide an opportunity to connect academic learning with clinical practice through directed observation and participation in aspects of the occupational therapy process. Our department has relationships with more than 200 hospitals, outpatient centers, rehabilitation facilities, community organizations, schools, and private practices throughout the country, where you can grow and develop as occupational therapists in real-world contexts.

Upon completion of the Master’s of Science, you will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification examination to become a registered occupational therapist and pursue a range of careers, including:

  • A health facility practitioner or administrator 

  • A health planner or policymaker in government and public service agencies

  • A college or university educator

  • A private practitioner or independent contractor in schools, home health agencies, or health service corporations


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


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

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 | ACOTE website

See results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).