Entry-Level Master's Program

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Entry-Level MS Graduate Coordinator
Entry-Level MS Graduate Admissions Assistants

Master of Science Program

The Entry-Level Master's program curriculum is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy. It enables the student to obtain the education and degrees necessary to be eligible to practice as an occupational therapist. Once the Master of Science degree in occupational therapy is completed, the student is eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Successful completion of the examination qualifies the candidate to apply for national certification and state licensure.

We accept applications once per year beginning on October 1st. The deadline for submitting applications and application materials is on February 1st of each year. However, we recommend submitting the application as soon as possible as we admit on a rolling basis and can therefore fill the class before February 1st. We do not accept applications for the Spring semester. We only admit students for Fall admission.

Students must also apply to the university via CSU Mentor (separate from the program application). Please see deadline dates on the Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations (GAPE) website.

Curriculum Design

The curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge and competencies necessary to become a qualified occupational therapist within four semesters of graduate academic study and six months of internship (fieldwork). The curriculum is centered on the principle that participation in meaningful occupation promotes health, well-being, and social inclusion across the lifespan. The curriculum is composed of six clusters: Occupation—the core of the profession, Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice, Professional Development, Practice in the Community, Research and Knowledge Development, and Practice of Occupational Therapy. Classes are small in order to foster an active learning environment that will encourage students to develop strong clinical reasoning and creative problem solving capabilities. Students refine skills in selecting, evaluating, and applying information in order to engage in evidence-based practice. Throughout the program, opportunities to interact with therapists and clients in clinical and community settings enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to practice.
NOTE: Beginning in Fall 2015, all students in the OT program will be required to participate in an international experience as a part of their academic program.