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MS, Occupational Therapy (Professional)

Learn from leading educators and take advantage of New York City’s unparalleled fieldwork and research opportunities. One of the top-rated entry-level occupational therapy programs in the country, this accredited master of science degree prepares you to become a registered occupational therapist, working as an educator, administrator, policymaker, or practitioner in settings such as schools and health facilities. 

Degree Name: Occupational Therapy: Professional Program

Academic Plan Code: OTHR

Degree: MS

Credits: 69

Academic Load: Full-time only

Application Deadlines
Summer: n/a
Fall: December 15

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5825

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a personal statement, a synthesis of how your work/volunteer/life experiences led you to choose the professions of occupational therapy.

  • Maximum of three pages
  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins on all sides
Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

One of the letters of recommendation must be from an occupational therapist.

Occupational Therapy Prerequisite Checklist

Complete the “Prerequisite Course Requirement” section of the application. Prerequisite courses are as follows:

  • Abnormal Psychology (covers the lifespan)
  • Developmental Psychology (covers the lifespan)
  • Behavioral Science (social science course)
  • Human Anatomy I and II with dissection lab (course must be completed within 10 yrs)  
  • Elementary Statistics


  • Grades of B- or above are required for the prerequisite courses. Three credits is required for each prerequisite course.
  • Online courses are only acceptable for Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology and Statistics.  As a result of Covid-19, we will accept online or hybrid A&P courses for the following terms only: Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020.
  • CLEP Exam and Regents College Exam will not be accepted unless credited and graded by a previously attended college or university
  • Courses taken at non-accredited institutions will not be accepted.

For questions about prerequisite courses please contact the Occupational Therapy Department at


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.