MA/OTD Single Decision Option

Attention Occupational Therapists:

New York University's Department of Occupational Therapy is happy to announce a special admissions option that allows therapists with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy to apply directly to our clinical doctoral degree program and earn a master's degree during the educational process.

NYU's MA and OTD programs in Occupational Therapy provides students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and critical thinking via coursework that builds a foundation of critical analysis, evidence-based practice, ethics, and theory. The OTD prepares advanced, skilled 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 program
  • After completing the MA degree, students 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
 MA/OTD admissions requirements 
  • Graduation from an approved professional occupational therapy program (baccalaureate, certificate, or professional master's degree in occupational therapy)
  • Earned bachelor's degree in occupational therapy
  • Competitive grades
  • GRE
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose and resume
  • Interviews, as requested by the department

See deadlines and other application requirements, as well as instructions on how to apply, on the Graduation Admissions Application Guide page

  Special application instructions
  • On the application, indicate you are applying to the MA degree. The program code is OTTH. In your personal statement, please specify your desire to progress to the OTD program.
 Application deadline
  • MA/OTD single decision option deadline: February 1
For more information about the MA/OTD option, please contact
Ginelle John, PhD
Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services