Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy

Mission and Goals, Admission and Curriculum, and Fieldwork Experiences

Mission and Goals


The educational mission of the Hofstra University MS in Occupational Therapy program is to facilitate the development of effective, compassionate, evidence-based practitioners with critical thinking skills and competencies, knowledge and skills to be lifelong learners with the ability to meet professional standards and societal occupational needs.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Curricular Threads Student Learning Outcomes
Health and Well-Being
  • Articulate the relationship between occupation and health
Humanism and Client-Centered Practice
  • Demonstrate therapeutic use of self and a client-centered approach
  • Exhibit professional competence consistent with the scope of practice and ethical standards
Occupation-Based Practice
  • Recognize, articulate and use occupations as the means and ends for occupational therapy practice
Evidence-Based Practice
  • Use evidence and professional skills to plan, design, implement and review intervention strategies
  • Describe and use theoretical frameworks to guide practice
  • Develop a plan for and appreciate the value of lifelong learning

Admission and Curriculum

Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for the MS in occupational therapy program:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a cumulative science GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, with at least one letter from a licensed Occupational Therapist.
  • Personal essay identifying areas of interest and reasons for seeking advanced training in occupational therapy.
  • Transcript of prerequisite courses if not completed as part of a baccalaureate degree (see courses below).
  • Documentation of at least 20 hours of volunteer experience observing/shadowing occupational therapy-related experiences in at least two settings.
  • Interviews may be requested of applicants.
  • 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

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 (laboratory component required): 4 s.h.
    • 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.
  • Social behavioral science course (e.g. sociology, anthropology, political science, public health, epidemiology): 3 s.h.
  • RECOMMENDED: Elementary Statistics (can be online course)

*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.

Applications must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy program through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) online at, by the deadline of February 1 for admission to the class that begins the subsequent September. Applications verified by OTCAS prior to the deadline are given preference, with all others reviewed on a space-available basis.

Applicants should be aware that a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in science courses do not guarantee entry into the program. The Occupational Therapy program is competitive and only the strongest applicants will be selected for a personal interview with the Program's Admissions Committee for consideration for acceptance into the program. Those who apply earliest have the best chance of being invited for an interview and therefore being offered a seat in the program.

Occupational Therapy, MS


Fieldwork Experiences

There are two types of fieldwork experiences designed to integrate and apply academic learning with clinical practice. Level I fieldwork education is integrated as part of coursework beginning in the first semester. Assignments are structured for students to observe clinical conditions, occupational and therapy practice in order to begin development of professional behaviors and clinical observation skills. Level II fieldwork experiences occur following completion of all coursework. Students apply techniques and theoretical concepts with the goal of developing entry-level practice skills. Students complete two 12-week full-time placements to work with clients across the lifespan and with a range of conditions.

Practice settings include hospitals, schools, outpatient rehabilitation, outpatient hand therapy, sub-acute and skilled nursing facilities, sensory gyms, adult day programs, community, behavioral health, and home care.

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