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Prospective Students

The Occupational Therapy Department offers 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. The master's degree is completed in 9 months 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:

  • Program Ranking
  • Duquesne Ranking
  • Small Class Sizes
  • 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
  • Near-100% pass rate for National Certification program for first-time test takers
  • 100% job placement in the profession
  • OT-related coursework all 5 years of study
  • 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
  • Required elective hours allow students to pursue minors and specialty certifications such as special education, business and psychology
  • Nationally-recognized faculty who are leading the profession in key professional groups
  • 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 students are immediately eligible to sit for the national certification exam, and may begin work as early as February.
  • Cadaveric Anatomy with dissection
  • Fieldwork learning experiences available in medical-, school-, and community-based practices
  • OT Faculty mentorship provides assistance with portfolio development for career options
  • Mentored research experience in faculty interest areas
  • Learn universal grant-writing to develop your own program after graduation

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS:

Five-Year Undergraduate Program

Our traditional five 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.
  • 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.
Two-Year Graduate Program

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Five-Year Program

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. 


If you are interested in applying as a transfer student 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. Prospective transfer students must also have 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.

Two-Year Graduate Program

Application submission is available at Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service: www.otcas.org

OTCAS admission tool offers benefits to applicants, schools, and the occupational therapy profession. Students will find the web-based application process to be efficient and convenient with access to multiple schools through one application, informative regarding available program and degrees, and easy to navigate through checklists and instructions. Schools will benefit from a streamlined admission process that will allow for efficient management of materials, comprehensive reporting of data, greater exposure to potential applicants and opportunities to interface electronically with interested applicants. 


Applications are now being accepted for the January 2016 semester. The deadline for applying to the MS program is June 1st, 2015; however, we encourage applicants to apply before this deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. To learn more about the OTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the OTCAS website at www.otcas.org.


In addition to required components of the OTCAS application, students will also need to complete a supplementary application via Duquesne University (see below).

Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application. Good luck with the application process!

STEP 1: Apply On-Line to the Graduate Program (OTCAS)
STEP 2: Submit Supplemental Application to the Graduate Program (DU)

(Please make sure that you apply for Spring 16 on Supplemental Application)