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Professional Program Requirements*

*Please note: The new BS program in Behavior and Health has replaced the undergraduate program in Therapeutic Studies (BS/MSOT). Contact us for updated information about this program.

To receive the MSOT degree, BS/MSOT students must earn a minimum cumulative total of 160 credits (64 graduate credits must be from graduate courses 500 and above) and satisfactorily complete two Level II Fieldwork (LIIFW) experiences (24 weeks of full-time fieldwork). All requirements must be completed within five years of matriculation into the MSOT portion of the program.

No student may start LIIFW until all academic course work (including optional thesis) has been completed, a minimum “C” grade is earned in all required professional courses, the minimum 3.0 MSOT GPA is achieved, and professional behavior standards are met. Students must complete LIIFW within 24 months of finishing the didactic portion of MSOT program.

The program is designed for full-time study and includes both academic courses and integrated fieldwork experiences. In the unusual event that a student is approved by faculty for a part-time or extended program due to extenuating circumstances, the student must complete at least one semester of coursework on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credits).

Grade Point Average Requirements (GPA)

During the professional years (senior/MSOT-1 and MSOT-2), students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Note that the MSOT professional GPA will be calculated separately from the preprofessional GPA. GPA is calculated based on courses taken at Boston University only (transfer courses and repeated courses taken outside of Boston University are not calculated in the GPA).

Students may not repeat more than two required courses in the professional program, and no course may be repeated more than once.

More Information

Please refer to the Related Links section on the right for helpful PDFs including: BS/MSOT Information Booklet, Virtual Tour, and Meet our Faculty.  If you have additional questions, contact BU Undergraduate Admissions ( or an Academic Counselor at BU Sargent College’s Academic Services Center ( or 617-353-2713).