Apply to Graduate Occupational Therapy
Entry-level Master's Occupational Therapy Degree Program
Designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in another field or major and want to become an occupational therapist.
Apply to this program as a graduate student through OTCAS, a centralized application system. If you have questions about this process, call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (413) 748-3225. You also may call the Department of Occupational Therapy at (413) 748-3581 with specific questions about program requirements.
As part of your application, you will be required to submit to OTCAS official transcripts from each college/university you've attended.
- Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this, we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score requirement TOEFL-IBT 90
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score requirement IELTS 7.0
Prerequisite courses for entry-level master's degree program include:
- Physical Sciences: Anatomy Physiology I and II with labs*, plus one additional physical science with lab (Physics, Chemistry, or Kinesiology recommended)
- Social sciences: Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology or Anthropology, Abnormal Psychology, and Child Development or Developmental Psychology
- Two semesters of English, including composition
- Intro to statistics
*The A&P courses must have been completed within the last five years The OT program admits students for fall entry only. The OTCAS portal will begin accepting applications after July 17, 2016; the deadline for applications is Jan. 1, 2017.
A background check will be required for completing fieldwork in the program. By the way, GREs are not required. However, if you've already taken them and are proud of your scores, be sure to include them with your application.