Professional Two-Tiered MS/OTD

A Two-Tiered Accelerated Degree Program

This two-tiered degree program combines NYU’s professional master’s and clinical doctorate programs in occupational therapy. You’ll earn a minimum of 69 credits from our top-ranked entry-level professional master’s program – which prepares you for certification – then complete the OTD with an additional 21 credits, selecting an area of specialization to advance your competence as a clinician and leader in the field.

This two-tiered degree program provides opportunities for you to:
  • Develop knowledge and skills needed to become an entry-level occupational therapist
  • Select a clinical area to develop advanced competence
  • Make use of clinical and functional outcomes measures
  • Assess the adequacy of existing measurement tools
  • Assess the effectiveness of selected intervention principles and approaches
  • Collaborate with other professionals within practice settings to deliver high quality client care
  • Interpret research findings in the context of broader sociocultural issues related to interdisciplinary practice and functional outcomes
After completing the master’s degree curriculum and related fieldwork, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination and apply for state licensure. You may complete the OTD immediately or on a part-time basis, allowing you to work while you attend school.

See the curriculum and requirements for this doctoral degree and find out how to apply.

The Department of Occupational Therapy is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to Occupational Therapy. Please contact for additional information.

For more information on this program, please contact


Our entry-level MS 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 

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