Graduate Programs in Occupational Therapy
1. BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program
The focus of the BS/MS occupational therapy program is to prepare the occupational therapy assistant adult learner for transition to an entry-level practitioner at the master's level through a flexible, part-time evening program that encompasses a philosophy of progressive education. This program meets the standards, skills, values, and ethics set forth by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Graduates from the master's program meeting all requirements will be eligible to sit for the Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Please Note: Any student who has been convicted of a prior felony may be considered ineligible by NBCOT to sit for the NBCOT exam and may be unable to attain an OT license from the State Licensure Board.
Admissions and Educational Requirements
To be eligible for the BS/MS in Occupational Therapy program at Salem State, you must have earned an associate's degree and a BS in Occupational Health Studies from Salem State and met all other academic and work-related policies.
If you have not earned a BS in Occupational Health Studies from Salem State, please contact our undergraduate admissions office to speak with a transfer admissions representative about transferring from your associate's degree program into our BS in Occupational Health Studies.
2. Post-Professional MS Occupational Therapy Program
The focus of the Post-Professional MS in Occupational Therapy Program is to prepare the occupational therapy adult learner who holds a BS in Occupational Therapy the opportunity to complete a master’s degree through a flexible, part-time, evening program. The program will integrate therapists’ current knowledge and clinical skills with community service opportunities while improving teaching, supervisory, management, research, and leadership skills.
This program meets the standards, skills, values, and ethics set forth by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Please note that to be eligible for the Post-Professional MS in Occupational Therapy program at Salem State, you must have earned the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
Applicants meeting this criteria should apply using the online graduate admissions application and submit all other required materials listed below.
- A $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy.
- Official transcript(s) of any graduate courses taken or degrees held.
- Two references. Your references will be asked to submit their comments online via the online application.
- Statement of purpose.
- Resume documenting three years of clinical experience.
Our application deadline is February 1 for summer enrollment. Please be advised that applications are not reviewed until all required materials are received.
3. Direct Entry MS Occupational Therapy Program
Salem State is considering developing a direct entry program in the future. If you have a bachelor's degree, your major was not occupational therapy, and you would like to pursue an MS in Occupational Therapy, please sign up for our mailing list. To sign up, please enter your information into our online inquiry form. For program of interest, be sure to select Occupational Therapy Direct Entry Program, so we can email you program updates as they emerge.