Post-Baccalaureate Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Our two-year entry-level master's degree program is for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree.

  • Students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields complete two years of course work to earn their Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree.
  • Upon successful completion of the second year, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
  • 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.
  • Beginning January 2016, students accepted into the post-baccalaureate master of science degree will be eligible to apply to the entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD) in the Spring of Graduate Year II.


Admission Requirements: Admission into the post-baccalaureate program is highly competitive and will require an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all pre-requisite OT coursework. Documentation of current C.P.R. Certification (includes Adult, Infant and Child). Documentation of a minimum of 60 shadowing hours directly with a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Completion of a physical examination and other health requirements and departmental approval.

The application cycle is closed for Spring 2018

The class cohort that begins our program in Spring 2017 is already at capacity and we have discontinued applications for Spring 2018. The next application cycle will be for the term beginning January 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: The vast majority of students enter Duquesne University's occupational therapy program as freshman. The number of qualified freshman applicants to our program has grown each year. Please be advised that space in our program is extremely limited and in most semesters we can not offer admission to transfer students. When space is available, we consider graduate applicants through OTCAS.

Please check back in August of 2018 to see if we will be accepting applications for the January 2019 cohort. Thank you for your interest in the Occupational Therapy Program at Duquesne University.

Accreditation: Our MS program received the maximum 10-year accreditation on August 7, 2016 and is accredited through 2026. On August 7, 2016 the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) accredited our OTD program for the maximum initial accreditation period of 7 years. Information regarding the program accreditation process and Duquesne University's accreditation status can be obtained by contacting ACOTE at:

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301)652-AOTA

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.