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PROGRAM This program is designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in a major other than occupational therapy and wish to become a qualified occupational therapist. The learner will be prepared as a practitioner dedicated to providing services that are occupation-focused, client-centered, and evidence-based with a commitment to leadership, research and professional advocacy.

CURRICULUM This program begins every September and takes four years on a part-time evening basis to complete. The direct entry MS program is 95 credits and courses are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

PREREQUISITES There are 30 credits of prerequisite courses that must be completed with a grade of C or better by the beginning of the program in September. Visit for a list of prerequisite courses, tracking form, and course equivalency information.

ACCREDITATION AND LICENSURE The program meets the standards, skills, values and ethics set forth by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Graduates meeting all requirements will be eligible to sit for the occupational therapy certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Please note that any student who has been convicted of a prior felony may be considered ineligible by NBCOT to sit for the NBCOT exam and may be unable to attain an OT license from the state licensure board.

The application deadline is December 16, 2019 for fall 2020 enrollment. Program

Transcript Requirements

Letters of Reference

Personal Statement

MS Occupational Therapy Direct Entry

Bachelor’s transcript and prerequiste courses



Additional Materials Certificate of completion of a medical terminology course, volunteer observation form.

APPLICATION TIPS • Sign up for our mailing list at to receive admissions updates. • Visit our admission website at (click program specific information, and then occupational therapy) for all of the resources and forms you need. Online you will find more details about the admissions timeline, medical terminology course, volunteer/observation, and prerequisites.

COST For Massachusetts residents, each credit costs $530.70*, and for non-Massachusetts residents, each credit costs $620.70*. In addition, there is a $350 per semester differential fee for fall, spring and summer I semesters. The program is 95 credits (excluding prerequisites). For assistance funding your graduate education, options such as financial aid, graduate assistantships, employer reimbursement and tuition remission, and veteran’s benefits may be available. *Tuition and fees subject to change.





First Year

9 credits

9 credits

9 credits

Second Year

9 credits

9 credits

11 credits

Third Year

9 credits

9 credits

6 credits (Fieldwork in community)

Fourth Year

8 credits

7 credits (Fieldwork in community and Capstone)

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The occupational therapy program at Salem State University is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Contact AOTA at 301.652.AOTA Visit ACOTE online at

Apply: Financial Aid: Email: Phone: 978.542.6200 For accommodations and access information, visit

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Master of Science Occupational Therapy Direct Entry (MS)  

Salem State University School of Graduate Studies Master of Science Occupational Therapy Direct Entry (MS) Program

Master of Science Occupational Therapy Direct Entry (MS)  

Salem State University School of Graduate Studies Master of Science Occupational Therapy Direct Entry (MS) Program