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Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Students evaluating graduate schools in the hopes of pursuing an occupational therapy graduate degree have many factors to consider. The types of graduate programs offered, the instruction format and the availability of fellowships or assistantships can all influence a student's choice of an occupational therapy grad school. Read on to learn more.

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Graduate programs in occupational therapy are available as Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Health Science and Doctorate in Rehabilitation Science degrees. Among other factors, students should consider program level as well as program costs when choosing an occupational therapy school.

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Top 10 Occupational Therapy Schools

These schools offer occupational therapy master's programs, and some of them offer assistantships or fellowships as well as different formats.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $40,670
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $48,082
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $47,620
University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, public Master's, Doctoral $16,527 in-state, $25,386 out-of-state
University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 4-year, public Master's, Doctoral $9,958 in-state, $22,049 out-of-state
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 4-year, public Master's, Doctoral $11,357 in-state, $24,925 out-of-state
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $28,648
Tufts University Medford, MA 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $49,218
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, public Master's, Doctoral $22,060 in-state, $35,744 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $40,984

Sources: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

These are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing a school:

  • Students who want to practice occupational therapy would most likely pursue the Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Health Science, while students interested in conducting research or teaching at the collegiate level would more likely choose a Ph.D. program.
  • Program length may also be a consideration, since most master's degree programs can be completed in about two years, while Ph.D. programs offered by occupational therapy graduate schools typically take five years or longer.
  • Students may consider the availability of assistantships and fellowships, which give students the opportunity to gain experience, college credits and sometimes pay or a stipend through assistantships and fellowships, and may be required as part of the curriculum.
  • Those who need a more flexible schedule may choose a program that is available in a hybrid format, which combines classic classroom instruction with online learning, or as a distance learning program.

Occupational therapy programs are available in different formats, including hybrid and distance learning formats. Programs may prepare students for different roles in the field of occupational therapy, and may offer assistantships or fellowships.

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