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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

In April 2014, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recommended entry-level occupational therapists complete doctoral degrees. Building on Boston University’s solid foundation and reputation, the OT Department is leading the way by transitioning the MSOT to an Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program.

USN_OTU.S. News & World Report Ranks BU Sargent College Occupational Therapy #1 in the Nation!

We offer this diverse student community an outstanding combination of advantages: a program ranked #1 (tied) in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, renowned faculty, extensive clinical experiences, and a focus on preparing professionals for leadership. We also offer a stimulating, urban location that provides the broadest possible exposure to clinical settings and client populations.

At BU, academic coursework and practical fieldwork are integrated into a curriculum that’s evidence-based, client-centered, and organized from a life-course perspective. You’ll study the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy with professors and practitioners known in health care communities worldwide. Beginning in your first semester and continuing through the two-year curriculum, you’ll acquire an exceptional range of clinical experience through Level I Fieldwork placements chosen from BU’s large network of clinical sites. Finally, you’ll complete about six months of Level II Fieldwork in two full-time supervised internships.

Throughout the program, you’ll have close interaction and personal attention from our faculty. Many of your application sections will have fewer than 20 students; even your largest lecture will have no more than 60 students.

Regardless of your undergraduate area of study, our accredited program will fully prepare you to take the NBCOT National Certification Examination. After passing the exam, you’ll be ready to enter clinical practice with confidence.

NBCOT Program Results

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online.

Please visit Boston University’s Accreditation & Certification webpage for more information, including our gradation rates.


Boston University’s last MSOT class matriculated in Fall 2015. We are leading the way by transitioning the MSOT to an Entry-level Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD).  If you have questions, please visit our Entry-level OTD webpage or contact:

  • Entry-level OTD Admissions Committee/OT Office at
  • Entry-level OTD Program Director Ellen Cohn at