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Post-Professional Master's Degree

Occupational Therapy
Post-Professional Master's Degree Program

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OT StudentsThe Post-Professional Masters in Occupational Therapy is designed as a 30 credit graduate program with two tracks, an interdisciplinary and pediatric concentration. Students in all tracks of the program will complete a total of 30 graduate credits. These credits will be distributed among the following categories:

  • Theory and Core: 9 credits
  • Research: 9 credits
  • Concentration: 12 credits


    This program is offered primarily in distance and intensive on-campus (5 day experiences) formats.

    The concentration courses can be taken in a pediatric or interdisciplinary track. The pediatric track includes courses currently being offered in the Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate Program. This allows for students who are interested in later applying for the Masters Degree to transfer their graduate credits from the certificate program into the Post Professional Masters Degree program. The interdisciplinary track includes courses from a variety of departments including education, nursing, and organizational management.


    Post Professional MS Program
    30 Credit Program

    An applicant who holds a baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy from a regionally accredited college or university must have Statistics as a prerequisite.

    Two (2) Year Completion
    Fall Spring Summer
    Year 1 Year 1 Year 1
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    OT 520 Research Methods
    (3 cr)
    OT 620 Issues & Trends (3 cr)
    HP 600 Adv. Practice Pediatric Issues & Trends Completed
      OT 690 Research Project I
    (3 cr)
    OT 570 Management
    (3 cr)
    Year 2 Year 2 Year 2
    OT 695 Research Project II
    (3 cr)
    HP 670 Grant Writing
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)


    Specialization classes are offered each semester. A total of 4 specialization classes are required.

    Admissions Requirements:
    The Post-Professional Masters degree program requires submission of the following information for admissions consideration:

    • GRE required only if GPA in prior studies is below 3.3.
    • For students in the Pediatric Certificate Program, this requirement will be waived if they have completed at least 9 credits of the program with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
    • NBCOT initial certification as an occupational therapist
    • College transcripts from all prior academic work
    • Basic Statistics course
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
    • Statement of professional goals and how matriculation in the Post Professional Masters degree Program can contribute to those goals.
    • 2 letters of reference

    Students taking courses in the Pediatric Certificate Program who wish to move into the Post Professional Masters Degree Program should apply by the final semester of their 12 credit certificate, if they have not completed formal application prior to that point.

    If students are not enrolled in the Pediatric Certificate Program, and they are interested in pursuing the Masters degree, they must formally apply to the Post Professional Masters Degree program after 6 credits of coursework.

    Transferring in Courses:
    Students in the Post Professional Masters Degree Program must take 30 graduate credits to receive the Masters of Science Degree. Credits transferable to this degree must be within the following guidelines:

    • All courses transferred in must be formally evaluated by the Registrar’s Office for transferability.
    • Students who have received an Entry Level Masters from Misericordia University will automatically receive credit for OT520, OT 620 and OT 630. These students must take HP 670 Grant Writing and OT 615 Evidence Based Practice as their remaining research requirements.
    • For students who have not graduated from the Entry Level Masters at Misericordia University, a maximum of 6 transfer credits will be accepted towards the 30 required for the Masters of Science degree.

    Coordinator of the Post-Professional
    Masters Degree Program
    Ellen McLaughlin, EdD, OTR/L
    Associate Professor and Chair