Graduate Programs

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers students an impressive array of resources for learning, practice, and research. Students receive the broadest and most relevant education, fostering clinical reasoning skills needed for collaborating with diverse client, community, and professional groups to address complex, rapidly changing healthcare and societal needs.

As part of the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, students are educated as future professionals, researchers and leaders who can actively participate in and advance an interdisciplinary and inter-professional approach to health and healthcare.

Through education, research, and practice, students participate in meaningful activity ("occupation") of individuals, and embrace communities and populations with diverse needs and experiences.

Doctoral and master's degree programs are offered as well as certificates of advanced study. Graduates of the programs are prepared for work as practitioners, administrators, researchers, educators and leaders.

Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

The Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate is for students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than OT. Students will experience an exciting program combining a diverse curriculum, research, service learning, fieldwork and a doctoral experiential component.

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is for occupational therapists with a master’s degree. The PPOTD prepares occupational therapists to fulfill leadership roles that will make an impact on individuals and groups in society and the world in such areas as health, functioning, wellness, and quality of life.

MS in Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional Master's)

The MS in Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional Master's) is for occupational therapists with a bachelor’s degree in OT. As a student in the program, you’ll increase your knowledge of practice and evidence-based research and strengthen your skills in a specific area of practice. This program can be completed either full-time or on a part-time basis for working professionals.

MS in Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level Master's)

As of June 2019, the Department of Occupational Therapy has transitioned to an MS in Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level Master's) (EL-OTD). All future entry-level applicants will need to apply for the EL-OTD program.

Advanced Professional Certification in School-Based Practice

Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy graduate students who are interested in schools practice certificate are encouraged to discuss the application process with the coordinator of the schools certificate.

Certificate in Assistive Technology

Tufts’ Assistive Technology Certificate Program is designed for working professionals looking to gain more experience and foundational knowledge in the field of AT, and graduate students in occupational therapy, other rehabilitation fields, engineering, computer science, education and child development programs interested in pursuing specialized training in this innovative field.

Certificate in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

This certificate program is intended for practicing occupational therapists who would like to use coursework to gain knowledge in the occupational therapy specialty of hand and upper extremity therapy. Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy students who are interested in this content and practice area are also invited to apply.


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