MS in Occupational Therapy or MS in Rehabilitation (Master of Science)

Program Availability

If you earned a degree in occupational therapy, physical therapy, or a rehabilitation-related field outside of the U.S. as an undergraduate student, Creighton University offers two graduate degree programs that will expand your career options and leadership potential.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree will provide occupational therapists who have graduated from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) accredited program an advanced degree in clinical occupational therapy practice, leadership and education.

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation with a focus in occupational therapy will provide rehabilitation professionals who have been educated or trained outside of the United States with an advanced degree in clinical and translational rehabilitation science.

With either program, you will develop and refine the basic skills and knowledge that you acquired in an undergraduate degree program in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. You will gain advanced clinical, academic and research skills, in addition to knowledge and experience at a school known for excellence in the health sciences.

 If you reside in the U.S., our doctorate of occupational therapy program is the fit for you.   


Either program will prepare graduates for leadership roles in academic or health care environments as faculty, managers, and clinical experts who have the potential to act as change agents in health care.

What You'll Learn

  • Advanced clinical reasoning and practice skills
  • Clinical and academic leadership skills
  • Occupational therapy’s role in musculoskeletal, neurological, and psychosocial disorders across the lifespan
  • Occupational therapy research and evidence based practice
  • Global occupational therapy perspectives
  • Skills for effective communication within global health care


To earn either the master’s degree in either occupational therapy or master’s degree in rehabilitation with a focus in occupational therapy, you will study in the United States for three semesters with the fourth semester in China.

First Semester:

  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Rehabilitation I
  • Rehabilitation with Older Adults
  • English

Second Semester:

  • Research
  • Physical Rehabilitation II
  • Mental Health

Third Semester:

  • Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership
  • Rehabilitation with Children and Youth
  • UE Orthopedics  

Fourth Semester (in China):

  • Instructional Methods
  • Research Project
  • Experiential Education for Master of Science in Rehabilitation
  • Experiential Education for Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

See the course catalog for more information on the M.S. in occupational therapy curriculum or the M.S. in rehabilitation curriculum.


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Research Opportunities

As a graduate student, you will participate in scholarly activities that evaluate professional practice and demonstrate the skills needed to write a scholarly report for presentation or publication. You will also participate in scholarly activities that evaluate professional practice and articulate the importance of how scholarly activities contribute to the development of a relevant body of knowledge. Each student will complete a pilot study on a proposed topic in occupational therapy.  

Admissions Requirements

Application due date: April 15, 2017 for cohort beginning August 2017

Admissions Requirements:

Preferred candidates for the Master of Science in Rehabilitation will be graduates of a foreign (non-U.S.) rehabilitation program with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, physical therapy or a rehabilitation-related field.

Preferred candidates for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy will be graduates of a WFOT accredited foreign (non-U.S.) occupational therapy program with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy.

  1.  Completed application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  2.  Two letters of recommendation (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are qualified to assess your performance in an academic or work setting.
  3.  Personal Statement (minimum two pages; no longer than four pages): Based on your CV/Resume and your other application materials, we should have a good picture of where you have been and what you have done, with a focus on the goals you have set for yourself, and why this program is a good fit for you.
  4. Resume
  5. Bachelor’s degree and transcripts in English for all bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s coursework, sent directly from the issuing school and containing the institution’s official stamp.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT) or IELTS score of 6.0.

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition for either degree is a total of $25,000 plus fees.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
April 1