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Master of Science
Occupational Therapy
Professional Degree

Not Accepting Applications

To best meet the needs of our students, we have decided to suspend enrollment in the Master of Science Occupational Therapy. We encourage you to explore our Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

The professional MS in Occupational Therapy is part of our top U.S. 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 NYU's dynamic New York City location.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Science Occupational Therapy

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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. Explore the full MS in OT curriculum.

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 Level I Fieldwork experiences and two full-time Level II Fieldwork 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 this degree, 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

NYU OT MS Program and Student Outcomes

Results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Licensure Requirements

The NYU Steinhardt OT MS places students in clinical settings in several states outside New York. View more information about licensure requirements in those states.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Learn more about the 2023-2024 estimated cost of attending our program as an MS in Occupational Therapy student broken down by term. Visit the NYU Steinhardt Office of Graduate Admissions site to learn more about financial aid, scholarships and grants, and paying for your education.

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Explore Student Research

Master's in Occupational Therapy students have the opportunity to conduct original research with faculty mentors. Explore recent studies conducted by our students investigating topics like school bullying and healthcare utilization.

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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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Accreditation Information

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

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301-652-6611 x2914
Fax: 301-652-7711 | ACOTE website

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