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Undergraduate Admission


The Occupational Therapy Department is pleased to offer two master's degree programs. Our traditional 5 year program is for incoming freshmen and for transfer students without a baccalaureate degree. This is a five-year entry-level master's degree program. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Upon successful completion of the fifth year, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Students have the option to pursue a minor in another discipline. The master's degree is completed 9 months (January) after the BS degree is awarded. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and apply for state licensure, if required.


Consider what Duquesne has to offer:

  • If all academic requirements met, freshman admission guarantees a class spot for all 5 years
  • Direct admit into the program - no reapplication required for professional phase
  • Cadaveric Anatomy with dissection
  • Learn universal grant-writing to develop your own program after graduation
  • Extensive service learning to experience OT with individuals with occupational need in their natural context as well as experience in innovative and emerging areas of practice
  • OT-related coursework all 5 years of study
  • M.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Near-100% pass rate for National Certification program for first-time test takers.
  • Joint AT/OT program
  • Required elective hours allow students to pursue minors and specialty certifications in special interest areas for their portfolios or pursue classes necessary for doctoral work.
  • Study Abroad is available in 1st or 2nd year if the student has sufficiently planned their course of study
  • The spring of the 5th year will be completed in January instead of May - a graduate seminar is held for 4 weeks in January, then are immediately eligible to sit for the national certification exam, and may begin work as early as February.
  • Strong preparation in medical-, school-, and community-based practices
  • Portfolio development for career options
  • Nationally-recognized faculty who are leading the profession in key professional groups
  • Part-time study available within our traditional program for a limited number of students
  • Mentored research experience in faculty interest areas
  • 100% job placement in the profession; graduates have gone on to Peace Corps and the Hope Ship

If you are interested in applying as a freshman, please visit the Admissions web site. Admission into the Occupational Therapy program at the freshman level is highly-competitive and will require a minimum Q.P.A. of at least a 3.0, a composite SAT score of at least 1,100 or a composite ACT of at least 24, a minimum of seven units of math and science, evidence of extracurricular activity during high school, and knowledge of the profession. Please be aware that the application deadline is July 1.

If you are interested in applying as a freshman please visit our transfer page.  Please be advised that space in our program is extremely limited and in most semesters we do not offer admission to transfer students.