MS in Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Admission and Curriculum

Entry Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for the MS in Occupational Therapy program.

  • Transcript of a baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement essay identifying areas of interest and reasons for seeking advanced training in occupational therapy
  • Transcript of prerequisite courses if not completed as part of baccalaureate degree
  • Documentation of observation of occupational therapy related experience
  • Interviews may be requested of applicants
  • On-site essay
  • International students must take the TOEFL exam and pass with a minimum score of:
    • Internet-based test: 80;
    • Computer-based test: 213;
    • Paper-based test: 550.

Hofstra University’s OT program does not accept transfer credits, previous coursework, and/or work experience under any circumstances. All courses in the curriculum must be completed within the program.

Prerequisite Coursework

Pre-requisite Occupational Therapy coursework:*

  • Abnormal Psychology (or psychopathology or psychology of deviance): 3 s.h.
  • A course in developmental psychology (human development across the life span including theories of development): 3 s.h.
  • Human Anatomy (laboratory component required): 4 s.h.
  • Human Physiology or Exercise Physiology (laboratory component required): 4 s.h.
  • Social behavioral science course (e.g. sociology, anthropology, political science, public health, epidemiology): 3 s.h.
  • Structural and Mechanical Kinesiology: 3 s.h.
  • RECOMMENDED: Elementary Statistics (can be online course)
  • HPR 130 - Orientation to Occupational Therapy: The Profession and Practice. This course is offered as an online/hybrid course and must be taken at Hofstra University. The practical portion of this class may be taken out-of-state at the discretion of the Occupational Therapy Program Director. Students may receive conditional acceptance into the program prior to completion of this course, but matriculation into the program and registration for OTH 200-205 will not be granted until this course is completed.

When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined survey course, a full complete sequence of two semesters [Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II] must be taken to fulfill Human Anatomy and Human Physiology prerequisites.

*All pre-OT course work must be completed before matriculation into the occupational therapy program. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in science courses. It is necessary to indicate courses in progress or planned on the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application.


Students apply to Hofstra’s MS in Occupational Therapy program through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at, which will begin accepting applications in July. Applications must be submitted and verified by OTCAS by the deadline of February 1 for admission to the class that begins the subsequent September. Please keep in mind verification may take 3-4 weeks.

The Occupational Therapy program is competitive, and only the strongest applicants will be considered for acceptance and selected for a personal interview with the admission committee. Those who apply earliest have the best chance of being invited for an interview and offered a seat in the program.

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