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
Academic Load: Full-time only
Fall: January 15
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.
- On your resume include a section for “ OT Related Experiences”. Indicate your OT experiences, including, but not limited to, the site you observed at, name of supervisor, dates of observation/volunteer experience and what you observed.
Statement of Purpose
You are required to answer the required question and one supplemental question. Each question should have the following format:
- Maximum of three pages
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- 1-inch margins on all sides
How have your work and volunteer experiences influenced your decision to pursue the profession of occupational therapy?
Supplemental Questions (choose one):
Reflect on a time/situation when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to take action. What influenced your decision?
What do you identify as important social and cultural factors to consider as you enter a healthcare profession?
Letters of Recommendation
Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.
- One letter of recommendation from an occupational therapist or health care professional indicating your preparedness to enter the healthcare profession is strongly recommended.
- Do not submit letters from family members or friends of the family.
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 and Physiology 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, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.
- 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 email@example.com
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.
If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.
To accommodate the limited opportunities for OT observation/volunteer experiences due to the current pandemic, at least one of the experiences below can be included as OT observation/volunteer experiences:
- Traditional (direct) occupational therapy volunteering and shadowing experiences. You were able to observe an OT at a site. Include this information on your resume.
- Complete an Introduction to OT course at a college or university. Upload this transcript to your application.
- Supplemental Essay-What have you done on your own to learn about the occupational therapy profession? In your essay, be specific about where you obtained your knowledge about the OT Profession and what you have learned. Provide links and references (2 pages (max), doubled space, Font: Times New Roman 12). Upload your supplemental essay to the Additional Upload section of your application
While completing all three of these experiences will not be required, we strongly recommend students have rich and diverse experiences learning about the OT Profession prior to applying to our program.
- The Supplemental Essay should only address the following question: What have you done on your own to learn about the occupational therapy profession? Include references
Proficiency in English
See testing requirements.
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.
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 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.