Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy


Make an impact by treating clients with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental issues or disabilities, helping them develop, recover, or enhance the skills they needed for daily living. The Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy at Hofstra University is a full-time, on-campus program that integrates laboratory experiences with classroom instruction. Graduate prepared to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Scholarships are available for qualified candidates.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for the MS in Occupational Therapy program, you must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Prerequisite coursework includes:

  • 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.

Start your application using the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) and submit:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Official transcripts must be received by OTCAS directly from prior institutions.
  • Documentation of observation of occupational therapy related experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay stating your career goals, interests, and experiences

An interview with the program director or faculty member may be required.

Visit the Occupational Therapy program page to learn more.

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to the MS in Occupational Therapy program by February 1 for admission to the class that begins the following September. Applications verified by OTCAS prior to the deadline are given preference, with all others reviewed on a space-available basis.

The MS in Occupational Therapy is awarded to students who successfully complete 68 semester hours.

Visit the Occupational Therapy program page to learn more.

Faculty Profiles

Gioia Ciani

Dr. Gioia Ciani, program director, has more than 11 years as a full-time faculty member for occupational therapy programs, with experiences as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Program Director of occupational therapy programs. She also has over 17 years clinical experience in occupational therapy practice across patient populations and practice settings.

Meet Dr. Ciani

Yu-Pin Hsu

Dr. Hsu is an assistant professor of occupational therapy, and a senior occupational therapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She has taught at the Manhattan School of Music and she has been a guest lecturer on topics associated with performing arts medicine. She holds an EdD from Columbia University Teachers College and an MS in occupational therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Meet Dr. Hsu
Gioia Ciani
Yu-Pin Hsu

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at