Post-professional Masterís Degree Program: Goals, Course Sequence, Admissions

Coordinator: Ellen McLaughlin, EdD, OTR/L

The post-professional master’s of science in occupational therapy is 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 distributed among the following categories: theory and core: 9 credits; research: 9 credits; concentration: 12 credits.

This program is offered in a variety of formats using an adult learning model, including online distance education, weekend or night courses, and workshop formats. The pediatric track includes courses currently being offered in the post-professional pediatric certificate program. This allows students to transfer their graduate credits from the certificate program into the post-professional master’s degree program. The interdisciplinary track includes courses from a variety of departments including education, nursing, and organizational management.

Occupational Therapy Post Professional Programs Retention Criteria -Post Professional Pediatric Certificate, Masters, and Doctoral Programs

Once students begin the first semester of the post professional curriculum, they must maintain a 3.0 gpa in coursework. If a student’s gpa falls below a 3.0, they will have one semester of probation to improve their gpa to the minimum. If a student receives a grade of C in a graduate course, or if their gpa falls below a 3.0 as a result of B minus grades, they will be able to do one grade replacement. If a student receives a second C in a graduate course, they will be dismissed from the post professional program.

Curricular goals of the program include:

  1. The student will be able to foster the most effective interventions when working with occupational therapy clientele to promote independence and success in their life roles and activities.
  2. The students will advance their knowledge base in specialty areas related to occupational therapy and their practice through the choice of four elective courses within the MS program.
  3. The student will be able to synthesize their knowledge base in research and evidence based practice in order to implement best practice in occupational therapy.
  4. The student will advance their knowledge base in order to integrate and evaluate occupational therapy theory in clinical practice.

Course Sequence

Theory and Core

9 credits

HP 600

Pediatric Issues/Trends



OT 630

Issues and Trends

HP 670

Grant Writing

OT 570

Management and Entrepreneurship in OT




9 credits

OT 520

Research Methods

OT 690

Research Project I

OT 695

Research Project II

Concentration Courses

12 credits

Students may choose 12 credits in pediatrics , geriatric care management or from the interdisciplinary offerings.

Education Offerings:

EDU 510


EDU 568

Distance Education

Nursing Offerings:

NSG 551

Post-professional Pharmacology

NSG 555

Legal, Ethical and Public Policy Issues in Health Care

NSG 552

Pathophysiology for Post-professional Nursing

NSG 504

Curriculum Design

NSG 535

Nursing Education Practicum

NSG 570

Faculty Role Development

NSG 505

Teaching – Learning Strategies

Organizational Management Offerings:

OM 500

Organizational Behavior

OM 509

Financial Management

OM 512

Management Science

OM 530

Legal Aspects of Administration

OM 533

Managing Customer Satisfaction

OM 535


OM 536

Marketing Mangement

OM 538

Perspectives in Management

OM 541

Not for Profit Management

OM 542

Fund Raising Theory and Applicaiton

OM 543

Assessment in Not for Profit Organization

OM 545

Introduction to Human Resources

OM 551

Organizational Communication

OM 557

Performance Compensation and Rewards Systems

OM 586

Strategic Planning and Management of Change

Pediatric certificate offerings are listed in the following section.

Admissions Requirements:

The post-professional master’s degree program requires submission of the following information for admissions consideration:

  • NBCOT initial certification as an occupational therapist
  • College/university 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 master’s degree program can contribute to those goals
  • Two letters of reference

Students taking courses in the pediatric certificate program who wish to move into the post-professional master’s degree program should apply by the final semester of their 12 credit certificate, if they have not completed formal application prior to that point. Twelve credits from the pediatric certificate are transferable to the post-professional master's degree.

Students in the post-professional master’s degree program must take 30 graduate credits to receive the master’s 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;
  • a maximum of six transfer credits will be accepted towards the 30 required for the master’s of science degree.