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Postprofessional Programs in OT - Masters Degree Programs

Schools

Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Rehabilitation Services 
School of Health Professions 
1530 3rd Avenue South, SHPB 354
Birmingham, AL 35294-1212 
Phone: (205) 934-3568; Fax: (205) 975-7787 
E-Mail: lvogtle@uab.edu
Web site: http://main.uab.edu/shrp/default.aspx?pid=34103

Contact Person: Laura K. Vogtle, PhD, Graduate Coordinator

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: The Postprofessional Master of Science Degree program in occupational therapy offers graduate education to occupational therapists who wish to learn advanced theoretical, practice, and research skills. Currently, 1 distance education specialization option exists for the postprofessional degree which is low vision. Students interested in low vision must be accepted into the low vision certificate program prior to applying for the postprofessional master's degree. 

The 33 semester hour program guides the student through coursework for the areas indicated including theory, specialty practice application, research methodology, and a project or thesis. Graduates of the program may use this degree to enter specialized areas of practice, as part of the requirements for specialty certifications, and to assume leadership positions within the profession.

Area(s) of Concentration: Low vision coursework with a focus on older adults, OT assessment and treatment of vision-related difficulties in occupations.

Distance Learning Options: The program is fully online with one visit to campus required at the end of the low vision coursework.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the UAB Graduate School and to the Division of Occupational Therapy requires three letters of evaluation, GRE, a minimum GPA of 3.0, evidence of completion of a first professional degree in occupational therapy, NBCOT initial certification or eligibility to take the NBCOT certification examination, international occupational therapists licensed to practice who have graduated from a WFOT program are also eligible, and completion of the UAB medical history questionnaire.

Special Features: The learning environment at UAB is research focused as UAB is one of fifty category one research institutions of higher learning in the United States. The UAB Medical Center is internationally known for both funded research and clinical excellence. The low vision courses are taught by Drs. Mary Warren and Elizabeth Barstow, both experts in the field of low vision rehabilitation.

Length of Study: Approximately 7 semesters for part-time students. The low vision option is designed specifically for part-time students.

Program Entrance Date: Fall semester of the academic year.

Financial Aid: No financial aid, but online courses for out-of-state students and international students have the same tuition for in-state students.

Institutional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; http://www.sacscoc.org/

Arizona

Arizona School of Health Sciences
(A.T. Still University) 
Occupational Therapy Program 
5850 E. Still Circle 
Mesa, AZ 85206-3618 
Phone: (480) 219-6000; Fax: (480) 219-6100 
E-mail: cgriffin@atsu.edu 
Web site: http://www.atsu.edu

Contact Person: Christina Griffin, PhD, OTR/L, Acting Chair

Degree Offered: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Advanced clinical practice and administration. The program is designed for the working therapist who wishes to obtain advanced knowledge and credentials.

Area(s) of Concentration: Pediatrics, General Practice, Geriatric Health Management, Health Administration, Public Health.

Distance Learning Option: This program is conducted through e-learning (online) in its entirety.

Admission Requirements: A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university; initial certification as an Occupational Therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy; minimum overall undergraduate 2.5 GPA and minimum OT program 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Special Features: This e-learning program is entirely web-based allowing students to work at home at their convenience. It is supported by an online bookstore and virtual library.

Financial Aid: Available through the Financial Aid office at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1-800-626-5266.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

California

University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy 
1540 Alcazar, CHP-133 
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Phone: (323) 442-2850; Fax: (323) 442-1540
E-mail: info@chan.usc.edu
Web site: http://chan.usc.edu

Contact Person: Liz Carley, OTD, OTR/L, Director of Admissions, carley@chan.usc.edu

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy.

Area(s) of Concentration: Adult Physical Dysfunction, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Adulthood and Aging, Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Technology, Sensory Integration.

Distance Learning Options: Not available at this time.

Admission Requirements: Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test within the last five years with a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section, and 3.5 on the analytical writing. Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy, GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Special Features: The postprofessional master's program includes electives in hand therapy, sensory integration, school-based practice, motor learning, technology, and other relevant areas of practice. The student also may have the opportunity to participate in research laboratories as a volunteer or teaching assistant.

Financial Aid: Scholarships, student loans, salaried employment in the community.

Institutional Accreditor: Western Association of Schools and Colleges; http://www.wascweb.org/

Colorado

Colorado State University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
219 Occupational Therapy Building 
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1573 
Phone: (970) 491-3810; Fax: (970) 491-6290 
E-Mail: wwood@colostate.edu
Web site: www.ot.cahs.colostate.edu

Contact Person: Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Professor and Head

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy with a focus on human performance and participation in everyday occupations and contexts across the lifespan.

Area(s) of Concentration: In collaboration with a faculty mentor, independent programs of study are created involving courses from within the Occupational Therapy Department, and throughout the university as needed. Prospective students are advised to review the program's Web site for possible areas of concentration that align with faculty research.

Distance Learning Options: Not available at this time.

Admission Requirements: GRE minimum score of 3.5 in all sections; minimum GPA of 3.0; evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy; and references.

Special Features: Faculty members have developed the following centers to focus their research efforts and enhance students' learning experiences: The Assistive Technology Resource Center, The Center for Community Participation, The Center for Occupational Therapy Education @ CSU, Children's Participation and Environment Research Laboratory, the Integrative Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory, and the Brain Waves Research Laboratory. The centers offer students opportunities for volunteer work, hourly employment, fieldwork and research on an ongoing basis.

Financial Aid: Scholarships, fellowships, teaching, research and lab assistantships, workstudy, opportunities, and student loans.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

Florida

Florida International University
Nicole Werthheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy 
11200 SW 8th Street, MMC, AHC 3, 442A
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: (305) 348-2922; Fax: (305) 348-1240 
E-Mail: lyrichar@fiu.edu
Web site: http://cnhs.fiu.edu/ot

Contact Person: Lynne Richard, PhD, OTR/L, Graduate Coordinator

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: Practice core with emphasis on the role of the environment, family-centered care, and community practice and a research core with emphasis on evidence-based practice.

Distance Learning Options: MS degree offered fully online 30 credits.

Admission Requirements: Bachelors in OT with initial NBCOT certification, upper division GPA of at least 3.0, statistics course.

Special Features: Multicultural campus and community with opportunities for research.

Financial Aid: Tuition waivers available in exchange for supervision of fieldwork students.

Institutional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; http://www.sacscoc.org/

Indiana

University of Indianapolis
School of Occupational Therapy 
1400 East Hanna Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697 
Phone: (317) 788-3500; Fax: (317) 788-3542
E-mail: ot@uindy.edu
Web site: http://ot.uindy.edu/postprofessional/

Contact Person(s): Kim McCain, Admissions Counselor, College of Health Sciences, mccaink@uindy.edu

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: All students complete required core courses, including clinical reasoning, research methodology (quantitative and qualitative), cultural impact on participation, basics of writing and research. Students fill in the rest of their degree requirements with self-selected courses in education, leadership, neuroscience, hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, pediatric and geriatric practice.

Area(s) of Concentration: The flexibility of the program allows students to create a unique degree plan specific to their own areas of interest by combining courses from multiple concentration areas such as hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, neuroscience, pediatric practice, geriatric practice, education or leadership.
Distance Learning Options: Our program offers a combination of online, hybrid, and didactic instruction. The clinical courses that have didactic instruction require students to be on campus for only one weekend for hands-on instruction.

Admission Requirements: See http://ot.uindy.edu/postprofessional/admission.php.

Special Features: Offerings in the postprofessional master's program are unique in its part-time format, allowing occupational therapists to reach their educational goals while working full-time. Courses offer a blend of self-study and didactic, hands-on learning experiences, making it convenient for occupational therapists located throughout the country to attend classes. Students are able to complete the 36 hour degree in 2 years by taking two courses per semester, including summers.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
Dizney 103
521 Lancaster Avenue 
Richmond, KY 40475-3135 
Phone: (859) 622-3300; Fax: (859) 622-1605
E-mail: maryellen.thompson@eku.edu 
Web site: www.ot.eku.edu

Contact Person: Mary Ellen Thompson, PhD, OTR/L, Coordinator, Graduate Program

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction Rehabilitation; Mental Health Rehabilitation; Pediatrics Early intervention, school-based practice; Gerontology Rehabilitation; Administration/Leadership Program development and evaluation, leadership roles, development, and rural health care; Rural Health/Rehabilitation Rural health: Program development, service delivery. Rehabilitation: Includes mental health and physical disabilities; Technology Rehabilitation.

Distance Learning Options: Online options limited.

Admission Requirements: GRE Aptitude Test, basic statistics, psychology, human anatomy and physiology, transcript with GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 undergraduate hours, 3 letters of recommendation, evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate in occupational therapy. TOEFL scores if applicable. Statement of personal and professional objectives.

Special Features: Cooperative community agencies; evaluation of health care programs and services; evening courses; opportunities in rural health care.

Institutional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; http://www.sacscoc.org/

Massachusetts

Tufts University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
26 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155-7084
Phone: (617) 627-5720; Fax: (617) 627-6259
E-mail: jill.rocca@tufts.edu
Web site: http://ase.tufts.edu/bsot/

Contact Person: Jill Rocca, Recruitment and Admissions

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Varied

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction, Mental Health, Gerontology, Education, Administration, Research, Technology, Upper-Extremity Rehabilitation

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: Prerequisite coursework, GRE scores (refer to the Web site for specifics).

Special Features: Certificate program offered

Financial Aid: Offered.

Institutional Accreditor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges; http://www.neasc.org/

Michigan

Wayne State University
Occupational Therapy Program 
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
259 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202-3489 
Phone: (313) 577-1435; Fax: (313) 577-5822
E-mail: ad9049@wayne.edu
Web site: www.cphs.wayne.edu/ot/

Contact Person: Regina Parnell, PhD, OTR/L, MOT Program Coordinator

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: Mental and Physical DysfunctionNeurodevelopment, Pediatric Developmental Disabilities; Assistive Technology, Research, Community Health, and Gerontology.

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: Visit online at www.wayne.edu.

Financial Aid: Visit online at www.wayne.edu.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/

Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Rehabilitation Science Program 
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 
420 Delaware Street, SE, MMC 338
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0392 
Phone: (612) 625-3966; Fax: (612) 626-7192 
E-Mail: adamc002@umn.edumathi003@umn.edu
Web site: www.med.umn.edu/rehabsci/home.html

Contact Person: Rich Adamczak, DGS Assistant or Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, Graduate Faculty

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Rehabilitation Science

Area(s) of Concentration: Outcomes of Therapeutic Interventions, Stroke Recovery and Neuroplasticity, Postural Control, and Muscle Adaptation 

Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or graduate degree in a discipline related to rehabilitation, such as biomedical engineering, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/audiology, etc. International students must hold a comparable degree from an accredited program. Depending on the educational background of the applicant, admission may be contingent upon completion of selected prerequisite course work (e.g., physics, etc.).

Special Application Requirements: Applicants must include the following: graduate school application and fee; GRE general test scores; transcripts; three letters of reference; TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international students; minimum of 3.0 GPA; agreement from a Rehabilitation Science faculty member to serve as an advisor*.

*Advisor: As part of the application process, each prospective student should contact Rehabilitation Science faculty to arrange for an advisor. Compatibility of research interests is a major determinant in the mutual selection of an advisor by the student and of the student by the advisor. Since some advisors may already be at capacity with graduate student advisees, availability of faculty is another determinant. Selection of, and consent from, an advisor is necessary to complete the application process.

Special Features: The program is tailored to meet your interests and needs, including flexibility in course requirements; your choice of coursework throughout the university; experienced research advisors; mentored research experience that will train you to research independently, which is essential for success in most academic settings (clinical doctorates do not have this necessary research experience); and the opportunity to study with a diverse group of students from across the globe and from a variety of majors.

Financial Aid: Full-time students may apply for a limited number of fellowships and graduate student assistantships. The deadline for fellowship applications is January.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/

New York

New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Department of Occupational Therapy 
Joseph and Violet Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-5825; Fax: (212) 995-4044 
E-mail: occupational.therapy@nyu.edu
Web site: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/ot/

Contact Person: Tsu-Hsin Howe, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director of Postprofessional Programs; tqh6142@nyu.edu

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Clinical specialty, research, technology, generic focus.

Area(s) of Concentration: Individually designed program focusing on unique areas of specialization.

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Graduation from an approved professional occupational therapy program; GPA of 3.0 or higher; TOEFL (required for international applicants); certification as an occupational therapist or eligibility for certification; two letters of reference; personal statement; resume; statistics.

Special Features: NYU is the nation’s largest private university; Department has a close relationship with the University’s 15 schools, colleges, and divisions; graduate programs are interprofessional, with a student–faculty ratio of 6:1; preeminent open stack research library; clinical and research facilities; evening and summer courses; biomechanics, kinesiology, and ergonomics research laboratory; diverse graduate student group provides peer/professional network in NYU/metropolitan New York occupational therapy community.

Financial Aid: University and governmental financial aid.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; http://www.msche.org/


Ohio

Cleveland State University
Department of Health Sciences 
2121 Euclid Avenue
Health Sciences (HS) 101
Cleveland, OH 44115-2440 
Phone: (216) 687-3567; Fax: (216) 687-9316 
E-Mail: healthsci@csuohio.edu
Web site:www.csuohio.edu/sciences/dept/healthsciences/graduate/MOT/

Contact Person: Karen M. Keptner, MS, OTR/L, Master of Science in Health Sciences Director

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science in Health Sciences

Major Area(s) of Study: Professional Practice; Education; Management

Area(s) of Concentration: Mental Health; Pediatrics special emphasis on early intervention, school system practice;Gerontology graduate certificate available; Education emphasis on clinical education; Administration; Research especially outcomes and qualitative research;Technology; Other: Bioethics, Culture, Communication, and Health Care.

Distance Learning Options: Online master's degree in professional practice concentration. Students in all concentrations may take at least some courses online.

Admission Requirements: Health care professional with a bachelor's degree; GRE or GPA of 3.0; Three letters of reference.

Special Features: Program individually tailored to meet specific student needs. Can be completed full-time (some financial support available) or part-time. Students have opportunities to be involved in study abroad in Central America. Students may participate in outcomes research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation or other area healthcare facilities.

Financial Aid: Some graduate assistantships available.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/

Pennsylvania

Misericordia University
Occupational Therapy Programs
Division of Health Sciences 
301 Lake Street 
Dallas, PA 18612-1098 
Phone: (570) 674-6412; Fax: (570) 674-8902 
E-Mail: alynch@misericordia.edu
Web site: www.misericordia.edu

Contact Person: Amy Lynch, PhD, OTR/L, Part-time Faculty

Degree(s) Offered: Pediatric Specialty Certification

Major Area(s) of Study: Pediatric Specialization for Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists

Area(s) of Concentration: Pediatrics

Distance Learning Options: Many courses are 1 day launch followed by distance learning.

Admission Requirements: Be a credentialed occupational, physical, or speech therapist; have a baccalaureate degree in one of these three therapy fields; 2.8 or above GPA.

Special Features: Program offers diverse specialty topics which support learning for therapists of all allied health domains. Call or e-mail for specific information as to when classes will begin.

Financial Aid: Available through state association(s) and special cooperative program.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; http://www.msche.org/

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Occupational Therapy 
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 
5012 Forbes Tower 
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 
Phone: (412) 383-6620; Fax: (412) 647-6613 
E-Mail: kraina@pitt.edu
Web site: www.shrs.pitt.edu/OT/

Contact Person: Ketki D. Raina, PhD, OTR/L, Director, Postprofessional Education

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Gerontology, Education, Administration, Research, Technology, Ergonomics

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: Entry-level degree in occupational therapy; 3.0 GPA/4.0; 3 letters of reference.

Special Features: Carnegie Level I Research University and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Internationally-renowned academic medical center. Numerous clinical and research opportunities. Part-time and full-time graduate education.

Financial Aid: Graduate Student Assistantships available. Salaried employment in community-based facilities.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; http://www.msche.org/

Washington

University of Washington
Division of Occupational Therapy 
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine 
Box 356490 
Seattle, WA 98195-6490 
Phone: (206) 598-5764; Fax: (206) 685-3244
E-mail: jmpowell@u.washington.edu
Web site: http://rehab.washington.edu/education/degree/ot/

Contact Person: Janet M. Powell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science in Rehabilitation; Medicine (Occupational Therapy Pathway)

Major Area(s) of Study: The purpose of the program is to prepare occupational therapists to serve as clinical researchers, educators, and/or administrators. Specific goals of the program are to prepare students to (1) discuss the philosophical base of occupational therapy and understand and apply occupational therapy theories and frames of reference to practice and research; (2) design and conduct research and report the results in written and oral form appropriate for dissemination to other professionals and consumers; (3) design, conduct, and evaluate instruction as it pertains to classroom teaching, workshop presentations, and in-service training; and (4) serve in leadership roles in clinical research education, and/or administration.

Area(s) of Concentration: Pediatrics, Physical Disabilities, Assistive Technology and Accessible Design, Psychosocial Practices, Education, and Disability Studies

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: Potential for advanced study (GRE scores and transcripts). Baccalaureate or entry-level master's degree from an accredited occupational therapy program. National Certification, Occupational Therapist Registered.

Special Features: The Occupational Therapy Master of Science Degree program is housed in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine. The academic and clinical administrative relationship within the Health Sciences Center promote integration of educational components with aspects of clinical care. Unique resources include (1) clinical and research opportunities at the Center for Human Development and Disability, a University Affiliated Program which provides service, training, and research related to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; (2) the University Hospital and University of Washington Medical School Affiliates in the Greater Seattle Area (e.g., Seattle VA Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center) with research and training projects in head injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, pain management, and other areas. A PhD in Rehabilitation Science is also offered at the University of Washington through the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Financial Aid: Information on general scholarship and financial assistance can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, University of Washington, Box 355880, Seattle, WA 98195. Most students work part-time while completing the Master of Science degree.

Institutional Accreditor: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; http://www.nwccu.org/

Wisconsin

Mount Mary University
Occupational Therapy Department 
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway 
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597 
Phone: (414) 256-1246; Fax: (414) 256-0194
E-mail: mmu-gradinfo@mtmary.edu
Web site: www.mtmary.edu/ot-ppm

Contact Person: Jane Olson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Post-Professional Program Director; olsonj@mtmary.edu

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Professional development in physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, education, or leadership. The program has 12 credits and takes 9 months.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Gerontology, Mental Health, Education, Leadership

Distance Learning Options: Program is fully online and completed part-time. By remaining in their work setting while engaging in advanced education, students will develop reflective practice skills in a manner that has ongoing real-world application. In order to present their culminating project at the end of the program, students come to campus one time.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy and current license in occupational therapy. The institution cannot enroll international students in this distance learning program.

Special Features: This part-time distance delivered program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who seek to transition from a bachelor's to a master's degree. The learning experiences are designed to enhance reflection about practice based on occupation, theory, and evidence. Graduates will be able to critique and create practice alternatives and to communicate evidence of therapeutic efficacy in a preferred practice area.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Occupational Therapy Program 
Department of Kinesiology 
2000 Observatory Drive 
Madison, WI 53706

Contact Persons: 
John Hageman, Graduate Secretary, Phone: (608) 262-0543; Fax: (608) 262-1656

Mary L. Schneider, PhD, OTR, OT Graduate Coordinator 
1300 University Avenue (2120/MSC)
Madison, WI 53706-1532 
Phone: (608) 262-2936; Fax: (608)
E-Mail: rbenedict@education.wisc.edu
Web site: http://kinesiology.education.wisc.edu/ot/about

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science in Kinesiology - Occupational Science Track

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Science

Area(s) of Concentration: Program emphasis is on the understanding of theories underlying occupational science. Students conduct research and develop advanced knowledge in a specific area of concentration within occupational science. Content includes seminars in human occupation and health, courses that emphasize research theory and design, electives focusing on a particular area of study, and completion of a thesis. The program prepares occupational therapists to serve as researchers and educators who are able to contribute to the understanding of the theoretical and empirical relationships between occupation, physiological health, and psychological wellbeing. Graduate students work closely with an academic mentor to pursue research on issues that will expand our current understanding of occupational science and its application to life-span development and health. Occupational science graduate faculty conduct scholarly activity on a wide range of topics and using diverse methodologies. Research is conducted in a broad range of contexts ranging from laboratories with technologically advanced data gathering and analysis equipment to whole communities. Prospective students are encouraged to review faculty Web pages and publications to identify a potential academic mentor.

Distance Learning Options: A post-professional online/blended learning OTD program is currently under development with expected approval in 2014.

Admission Requirements: 1) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sections); 2) Satisfaction of University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School and Department of Kinesiology graduate admission requirements. Graduation from an approved program of basic professional education in occupational therapy is required.

Special Features: As a world-class research university, the UW-Madison has extensive resources to support research across and beyond campus. The UW-Madison Libraries are the 11th largest research collection in North America. There are over 20,000 journals available electronically, as well as numerous e-books. Many of these resources are accessed through more than 650 databases. The UW Libraries provide a wealth of support services including electronic equipment check-out (e.g., laptop computers, projectors, digital cameras and tape recorders), computer labs, software training and support, poster printing, and access to citation management services. Librarians are available for consultation through real-time chat, instant messaging, email, phone and in-person.

Graduate students also have access to extensive analytical and statistical software through the Social Sciences Computing Cooperative. Advanced technology permits students to create, store and back-up their work from virtually any environment with internet availability.

Financial Aid: Caroline Thompson Fellowships, Project, Research and Teaching Assistantships which provide full tuition remission and stipend or income. School of Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) program which is a community of graduate students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds receiving Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (AOF).

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/