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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or Rehabilitation

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 or the Master of Science in Rehabilitation.

With both the occupational therapy master’s and the rehabilitation master’s programs, you will develop and refine the basic skills and knowledge 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.

  • 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.

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

Personal attention can give you an edge

At Creighton, you’ll have access to the specialized equipment, broad expertise and resources of a larger university—but with smaller class sizes. You’ll be given personalized attention of faculty who will support you throughout your master’s program.

“Faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are top notch. It is critical for students to learn from experts who have a pulse on contemporary practice, and I can confidently say that our faculty members are the reason Creighton graduates excel in providing competent, compassionate care to patients and clients.”

—Amy Friedman Wilson, PharmD | Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs

Your professors will guide you throughout the program, as you participate in scholarly activities that evaluate professional practice and demonstrate the skills needed to write a scholarly report for presentation or publication.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or Rehabilitation

This program is offered On-Campus

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
April 1

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Previous coursework in biological sciences, chemical sciences, biochemistry, and mathematics
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Acceptable TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores
  • Application
  • $50 application fee

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Angela Patterson
Angela Patterson

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program Goals and Curriculum

Creighton’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Rehabilitation prepare student 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.

To earn this master’s degree, you must study in the United States for four semesters.

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

View all courses for the MS in Occupational Therapy

View all courses for the MS in Rehabilitation

Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions is made up of 100 outstanding and dedicated faculty members. Inspired by Jesuit values, our faculty members bring a passion for service, research and patient care to their work. They work closely with students throughout their graduate education as research partners, advisors and mentors.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation programs, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide in English official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit a 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.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT) or IELTS score of 6.0 or Duolingo 61
  • Complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office if admitted

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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadline and starting date of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact the program director for personalized assistance.

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