Postprofessional Programs in OT - Masters Degree Programs



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 
Web site:

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, 2 distance education specialization options exist for the postprofessional—low vision and pediatrics. An on-campus gerontology specialization in the Center for Aging is another option. 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 in all three specialties guides the student through coursework for the areas indicated including theory, specialty practice application, research methodology, and a project or thesis. Elective coursework from related departments may be approved for degree requirements. Graduates of the program may use this degree to enter specialized areas of practice, as part of the requirements for specialty certifications, to assume leadership positions within the profession.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction Occupation-based assessment and treatment and environmental design; Mental HealthTheoretical foundations in occupation, innovations in community-based practice, advocacy, health promotion and research; PediatricsSensory integration, school-based practice, practicum in advanced assessment; Gerontology Consultation in long-term care, geriatric rehabilitation and community health; Education Teaching internships offered; Administration Strong focus on development of individual leadership; Research Applications of quantitative and qualitative methods in the study of occupation and occupational therapy outcomes; Other Opportunities to select specialized coursework from Centers of Excellence and School of Public Health programs to augment OT course offerings.

Distance Learning Options: Not available at this time.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the UAB Graduate School and to the Division of Occupational Therapy requires three letters of evaluation, GRE or The Miller Analogies Test scores, a minimum GPA of 3.0, basic statistics, evidence of completion of a first professional degree in occupational therapy, NBCOT Initial Certification, a personal interview with a Division of Occupational Therapy Graduate faculty member, evidence of eligibility for Alabama state licensure, 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. Students have access to numerous clinical facilities and research Centers of Excellence which offer guided research opportunities with world class research faculty. Centers of Research Excellence include Spain Rehabilitation Center, The Center for Outcomes Research, and a Center for Research on HIV/AIDS that ranks among the top in the nation.

Length of Study: Minimum of 4 semesters (16 months) for the full-time student and approximately 7 semesters for part-time students. Both the pediatric and low vision options were designed specifically for part-time students.

Program Entrance Date: Summer semester of the academic year.

Financial Aid: Student assistantships, work study with clinical programs, and salaried employment in community treatment facilities. UAB also offers a variety of financial aid packages.

Institutional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


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 
Web site:

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;


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
Web site:

Contact Person: Sarah Kelly, OT/L, Director of Admissions

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.

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

Institutional Accreditor: Western Association of Schools and Colleges;


Colorado State University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
219 Occupational Therapy Building 
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1573 
Phone: (970) 491-3810; Fax: (970) 491-6290 
Web site:

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;


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 
Web site:

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;


University of Indianapolis
School of Occupational Therapy 
1400 East Hanna Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697 
Phone: (317) 788-3500; Fax: (317) 788-3542
Web site:

Contact Person(s): Kim McCain, Admissions Counselor, College of Health Sciences,

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

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;


Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
Dizney 103
521 Lancaster Avenue 
Richmond, KY 40475-3135 
Phone: (859) 622-3300; Fax: (859) 622-1605
Web site:

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: None available.

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;


Towson University
Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
8000 York Road 
Towson, MD 21252-0001 
Phone: (410) 704-2762; Fax: (410) 704-2322
Web site:

Contact Person: S. Maggie Reitz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chairperson

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

Major Area(s) of Study: Clinical specialty, administration, education.

Area(s) of Concentration: Pediatrics, Gerontology, Education, Administration, other approved topics.

Distance Learning Options: Some courses are offered in hybrid format.

Admission Requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy with a minimum GPA of 3.00 for full admission or a 2.5 GPA for conditional admission. Complete the following eight admission prescreening courses with a minimum grade of C: 1) English Composition 2) Introductory Sociology 3) Introductory Psychology 4) Abnormal Psychology 5) Basic Statistics  6) Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (within last 5 yrs.) 7) Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (within last 5 yrs.) 8) Physics (including mechanics and a lab).
  • Complete and verify at least 30 hours of human service activity.
  • Current occupational therapy licensure.
  • Three reference forms.
  • Graduate occupational therapy admission essay.
Special Features: The program is designed to prepare graduates to assume key roles in clinical practice, research, education, or administration. Occupational therapists' responsibilities in these roles are to assure high quality services for client groups and to advance the practice of occupational therapy. Student may specialize in pediatrics, gerontology, administration/supervision, education or other approved topics. Courses may be taken on a part or full time basis.

Financial Aid:

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;


Tufts University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
26 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155-7084
Phone: (617) 627-5720; Fax: (617) 627-6259
Web site:

Contact Person: Elizabeth Owen, Administrative Assistant

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;


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
Web site:

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

Financial Aid: Visit online at

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


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 
Web site:

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;

New York

Dominican College
Occupational Therapy Program
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962-1299
Phone: (845) 848-6039; Fax: (845) 398-4893

Contact Person: Sandra F. Countee, PhD, OTR/L, Program Director

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

Major Area(s) of Study: The Postprofessional Master of Science Degree Program is designed to prepare practicing occupational therapists for leadership roles in education, research, and advanced practice. The learning environment is student-centered with a curriculum emphasis on scholarly writing, theory, and research. The student will be provided with expert faculty guidance to examine theories, approaches, and models of practice which will build on the student's established knowledge and skills. This course of study is ideal for working professionals, providing them with the tools to address the changing paradigms in human service in traditional and nontraditional settings.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Disabilities, Mental Health, Pediatrics (School-Based Practice), Gerontology, Research, Other:sub-specialization (home care, biomechanical, neurophysiological, psychosocial rehabilitation).

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: Dominican College Graduate School Admission; graduation from an accredited entry-level OT program; evidence of initial NBCOT (AOTCB) certification can be inactive but not revoked; cumulative GPA of 3.0; grade of B or better in Psychological Statistics and Quantitative Methods; letter of reference; personal statement of professional achievements and a professional development plan for advancement; interview with representative of the OT program; and complete a written application.

Special Features: Offers a weekend format which meets approximately every third weekend on a trimester basis. Students can study on a full-time or part-time basis. The college has almost 15 years of experience of occupational therapy education in a weekend format geared for the adult learner. Dominican College is easily accessible to major highways and connections for air travel.

Financial Aid: Eligible for state and federal funding and loans.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Department of Occupational Therapy 
35 West 4th Street, 11th floor 
New York, NY 10012-1172 
Phone: (212) 998-5846; Fax: (212) 995-4044 
Web site:

Contact Person: Jane Bear-Lehman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chairperson

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: Transcript with GPA of 3.0 or higher; statistics; evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy; academic and employment references; personal interview; autobiographical sketch; learning goals.

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;

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Program in Occupational Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Science
515 Stockton Kimball Tower, 3435 Main Street 
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079 
Phone: (716) 829-6942; Fax: (716) 829-3217 
Web site:

Contact Person: Susan M. Nochajski, PhD, OTR/L, Program Director

Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science

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

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical DysfunctionPediatrics Early intervention, school-based practice; Assistive Technology Across variety of disabilities.

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: Competitive GRE scores, transcript with GPA of 3.0 or higher, evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy, references, personal statement.

Special Features: Research in technology, work placement, assistive devices; computers, graphics, media resources, interdisciplinary approach; early evening courses.

Financial Aid: Traineeships, work study with clinical programs, salaried employment in community treatment facilities, teaching assistantships, research assistantships.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Commission on Higher Education;


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 

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;


Misericordia University
Occupational Therapy Programs
Division of Health Sciences 
301 Lake Street 
Dallas, PA 18612-1098 
Phone: (570) 674-6412; Fax: (570) 674-8902 
Web site:

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; score in 35th percentile or above on MAT; 2.8 or above GPA; successfully complete interview with occupational therapy faculty.

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;

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 
Web site:

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;


Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Occupational Therapy 
730 East Broad Street 
PO Box 980008 
Richmond, VA 23298-0008 
Phone: (804) 828-2289; Fax: (804) 828-0782 
Web site:

Contact Person: Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director, Post-Professional Education

Degree(s) Offered: MS

Major Area(s) of Study: Emphasizes development of advanced clinical problem-solving and abstract reasoning through a focus on research. This degree prepares students as beginning researchers, and lays the foundation for research-based doctoral studies. It is an excellent choice for occupational therapists wishing to move their careers towards conducting independent research, and a faculty position in a research university. Completion of a research-based thesis is required.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction (focus on research and program development in neurorehabilitation, assistive technology, low vision, gerontology, and other related areas);Research (emphasis on building research skills that culminate in a thesis. Faculty research topics include sensory processing and integration, cognitive prosthetics, low-vision rehabilitation, the teaching-learning process, caregiver respite, mother-child interaction); Technology (opportunities to build advanced skill in use of contemporary technologies for use with adults and children for low-vision rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, and school-based interventions); and Other (opportunities to collaborate with faculty in Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences, and Rehabilitation Counseling).

Distance Learning Options: All courses in the programs are available in distance education format, with some on-campus time. The amount and timing of on-campus activities varies with the semester and the specific program. Please contact the department for specifics.

Admission Requirements: BS degree in occupational therapy; cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years; completion of VCU Graduate School Application; 3 letters of recommendation; and transcripts indicating completion of degrees from accredited college or university. Supplemental application materials required. Please visit department Web site for further details.

Special Features: Research focus; thesis required.

Financial Aid: Faculty grant funding may support student research. Graduate student loans are available. Students interested in receiving information on financial aid should contact: 
VCU Director of Financial Aid 
MCV Campus 
Box 980244 
Richmond, VA 23298-0244 
(804) 828-9800

Federal Student Aid

Institutional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


University of Puget Sound
Occupational Therapy Program 
School of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy 
1500 N. Warner Street, CMB 1070
Tacoma, WA 98416-0510 
Phone: (253) 879-3522; Fax: (253) 879-2933 
Web site:

Contact Person: George S. Tomlin, PhD, OTR/L, Director

Degree(s) Offered: MS in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Evidence-based practice, advanced clinical reasoning, occupation and client-centered practice, outcome studies and clinical research in an individualized program of study in the clinician's choice of setting.

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

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate or master's entry-level degree from an accredited occupational therapy program. Potential for advance study based on transcripts of college work, essay on professional goals, and a professional reference.

Special Features: Within a required framework and individual course of study is designed to meet the needs of each student. Program faculty are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. Classes meet late afternoons, evenings, and during the day in summer. Program is co-located with an entry-level master's program, with an on-campus teaching clinic.

Financial Aid: Fellowships and departmental scholarships available, as well as general graduate aid. Further information may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, 1-800-396-7192.

Institutional Accreditor: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;

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
Web site:

Contact Person: Brian J. Dudgeon, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Division of Occuational Therapy or Deborah Kartin, PhD, PT, Graduate Program Coordinator

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;


Mount Mary University
Occupational Therapy Department 
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway 
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597 
Phone: (414) 256-1246; Fax: (414) 256-0194
Web site:

Contact Person: Jane Olson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Graduate Program Director;

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

Major Area(s) of Study: Professional development as master clinician, educator, or administrator.

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

Distance Learning Options: All courses are completed online.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy; completion of one year of work as a licensed occupational therapist; cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on baccalaureate degree, or 2.90 on last half of baccalaureate degree and all relevant post-graduate course work (on a 4 point scale).

Special Features: Students complete an individual professional development plan with goals that are the basis for selecting courses. Emphasis on analyzing health care and developing innovative occupational therapy practice. Two residency weekend experiences are required.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available. A limited number of partial grants and scholarships are also available.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;

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)
Web site:

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;