Post-Baccalaureate Admission Entry Option

You may be considered for entry into the Post-Baccalaureate MSOT or OTD program if you've already received a Bachelor's degree in a field other than OT and have satisfied all admission requirements. You can complete the MSOT program in just under 2½ years of full-time study, or the OTD program in just 3 years of full-time study.

This two-year Occupational Therapy Master's program beginning in January of 2023 is for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree. The overwhelming majority of our students enter the Master's program as freshmen, however, we do accept a few transfer and post-baccalaureate students via OTCAS each year as space allows. For the post-baccalaureate program starting in January, the bachelor's degree must be completed by the first day of class.

Please note: the two-year program begins in the Spring semester every year, not in the Fall semester. It is recommended that you submit your application by January 1, 2022.

Post-baccalaureate MSOT curriculum 

Post-baccalaureate OTD curriculum


Admission Requirements

• Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with a laboratory component, cadaver dissection preferred) (8 credits)
• Physics (with a laboratory component) (4 credits)
• Psychology or Sociology (3 credits)
• Statistics (3 credits)
• Human Life Span Development (must be human development and cover the entire life span; developmental psychology course with lifespan perspective is acceptable) (3 credits)
• Medical Terminology Course or Proof of Completion of a Medical Terminology Proficiency (online courses accepted)

A minimum of 16 documented in-person volunteer or paid hours in Occupational Therapy under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) is required. We highly encourage completion of the Occupational Therapy Online Shadowing Experience (11.5 hours) as a way to be exposed to diverse practice settings and a lifespan view of the profession due to the shadowing limitations related to the global pandemic. Password: LucasQU .

If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

We require a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 'C' or better in all the above courses transferred or completed to meet the requirements.


 All students ADMITTED to the program must complete:

A variety of health and security clearances (including CPR certification) required by clinical and community education sites. Compliance with these requirements is monitored via EXXAT. A full list of these clearances and instructions for how to create a EXXAT account are made available after entry to the program. 

Occupational Therapy Overview (only offered to students who are already admitted) - 0 credits

Please note that International students must meet all published criteria for English proficiency. 

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. Students and prospective students are advised that a felony conviction may affect one's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure. 


Technical Standards/Performance Indicators

  • To assure the health and safety of the Occupational therapy students and patients with whom they work, all applicants and students (freshman, transfer, and graduate) are required to meet the RSHS Technical Standards/Performance Indicators to ensure that they have sufficient abilities to meet the rigorous work expectations of a student studying Occupational Therapy.
  • To further protect the health and well-being, all students are required to have a complete physical exam and demonstrate appropriate immunizations before transition into the Professional Phase of the Program.
  • The requirements for this physical exam and other health / security requirements are also explained during the pre-professional student body meetings and are available to students in the RSHS Academic Student Handbook, which all students receive.

Post-Baccalaureate Application Process

We are excited that you are interested in attending Duquesne University! Application to Duquesne University's Post-baccalaureate MSOT or OTD degree program is a two-step process:

Step 1 - OTCAS Application

Step 2 - DU Supplemental Application

Because our programs are freshman-entry, most seats in the graduate programs are taken by students who started as freshmen. The post-baccalaureate programs are rolling admission - we accept qualified applicants throughout the year, and until the class is filled. The sooner you apply, the better your chances will be of gaining admission. Only complete applications can be reviewed. We seek applicants who have demonstrated strong academic performance, active engagement in their community and a solid record of servant leadership

Questions about the OTCAS application can be directed to their customer assistance.

Questions about the Occupational Therapy department at Duquesne can be directed to our offices.


Cost of Attendance

The table below identifies tuition rates associated with obtaining a Post-Baccalaureate Degree

Cost                   Duration Total Cost
 MS Degree                     $1554/cr 85-87 credits      $132,090- $135,198
 OTD Degree $1166/cr +31 credits $168,236 - $171,344