MS in Occupational Therapy Program Admission Requirements

There are two points of entry to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program — direct entry through the graduate program for applicants who already have a bachelor’s degree, or through Russell Sage College’s accelerated 3+2 program or traditional 4+2 program for applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree.

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 1-2 page career goals essay
  • A current resume
  • Documentation of at least 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

Direct Entry for Graduate Students

Qualified applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree and who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses for the graduate program in Occupational Therapy may apply directly to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program. In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduate admission, the successful applicant to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program will demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • Submit official transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate study
  • Earn a minimum 3.25 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate study, including the Occupational Therapy program prerequisite courses. Note: courses and grades from all schools attended are used to calculate GPA for admission.
  • Earn a Science GPA of 3.0 in Occupational Therapy Program prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I & II)
  • Provide two letters of reference (no format is required)
  • Provide current resume
  • Submit a career goals statement/personal essay (~1-2 pages)
  • Provide documentation of at least 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist before beginning the professional program with forms from packet listed below.
  • Submit complete application by February 1 deadline along with the Occupational Therapy Supplemental Forms.

For more information

To learn more about the Occupational Therapy program, please attend an information session or contact us directly.


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