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.
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.