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Master of Science in Occupational Theory

Master of Science in Occupational Theory

  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program prepares students with baccalaureate degrees earned in a range of health and behavior disciplines to join the profession. The curriculum is designed to provide an excellent education for students planning for professional roles as occupational therapy practitioners in traditional settings, as well as in areas of newly identified need. The program requires successful completion of academic courses and integrated fieldwork. The MSOT program includes two years (four semesters) of academic work, plus completion of 24 weeks of internship (Level II Fieldwork). The program is full time, and consists of daytime, weekday classes with some evening application sessions. Fieldwork hours are completed after the academic portion of the program, extending the program’s official end by a minimum of six months, dependent upon fieldwork site availability. The MSOT program begins in the fall semester, and courses are sequential. Therefore, we offer no options for spring entrance into the program. There are no summer courses. Clinical courses make extensive use of case examples, which are followed across the life course-rather than the traditional divisions by diagnosis (mental health, physical disabilities) or age group (pediatrics, geriatrics)-and guide the introduction of relevant assessment, intervention, and systems issues as they would typically occur in relation to each part of the life course. Each semester, students participate in an Integrative Seminar that links academic course content with concurrent extended Level I Fieldwork (LIFW) in the local Boston community. Students discuss and analyze their LIFW experiences in the seminar and apply learning from other courses to these clinical situations. We encourage applicants (especially those who are unsure if they want to study occupational therapy or what occupational therapy is) to observe or shadow one or more occupational therapists. An applicant may be able to arrange an observation by contacting the occupational therapy department at a facility in his/her hometown. Students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program study with outstanding faculty who have made significant contributions to occupational therapy practice, scholarship, and research. The BU faculty is known among occupational therapists and the health care community throughout the world and brings a broad and rich perspective to the education of students in the occupational therapy program. They are passionate about the profession, enthusiastic about teaching, and committed to making a positive difference in occupational therapy and health care at the state, national, and international levels.