For registered occupational therapists with a master's degree, we offer a post-professional doctoral degree program that can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. This program offers fall or spring start options.
The Post-Professional Masters degree is for registered occupational therapists with a bachelor's degree in OT. The program is designed to increase practice and evidence-based research knowledge and skills in areas such as childhood and adolescence, upper extremity rehabilitation, management, aging, education, mental health, and assistive technology. Students may also choose a self-directed concentration focused on their individual interests. This program can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Students have the option of completing the degree without a thesis.
- Non-thesis: 30 total credits required
- Thesis: 30 total credits required
- Registered occupational therapists or candidates, eligible for registration.
- International applicants, your degree must be from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists approved school/university.
- Applicants who received their undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the United States are required to have their degree transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES). This credential evaluation must document the minimum equivalency of a U.S. baccalaureate and/or a U.S. master's degree or higher. When requesting a transcript evaluation, please request a "course-by-course" evaluation with grades.
One course in introductory statistics. The prerequisite course must be passed with a grade of B- or better and taken at an accredited college.
- Apply evidence‐based assessment of outcomes in the student’s leadership area.
- Demonstrate leadership knowledge in the student’s area of practice specialization.
- Demonstrate critical thinking to address advanced practice, policy, and professional issues related to an area of leadership.
- Demonstrate growth of leadership abilities in an area of advanced practice as demonstrated by written and orally presented work.
- Be able to communicate the process and outcomes of teaching and learning within each course, within the department, and to external audiences.
- Demonstrate the ability to complete a written leadership project that includes a synthesis of the best available evidence and sound and systematic procedures and methods to examine project aims, processes, and outcomes.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement an independent leadership project using sound and systematic procedures and methods of data collection and analysis.
- Demonstrate the ability to report on, interpret, and disseminate leadership project results to internal and external audiences.
- Application Fee
- Personal Statement
- Guidelines for Personal Statement (limit 4 pages double-spaced):
- What are your plans for graduate study as related to your future career as a leader in occupational therapy? Please address your specialty focus.
- The Leadership Project is an important part of the OTD program (see description for 286 Leadership Project Planning). Please indicate your current ideas about your project.
- In what ways do your academic background and recent professional experience point to your potential for success as a doctoral student and as a leader in occupational therapy? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
- Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
- Official GRE scores
- GRE scores are not required for current or former Tufts students.
- Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- For Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy master's degree alumni and current students or in the 2nd semester (post-professional program): Only two letters of reference appraising the candidate's potential for study in the OTD program are required.
- One course in Introductory Statistics and one course in graduate-level Research Methods. The prerequisite course must be passed with a grade of B- or better and taken at an accredited college.
- Certificate of Hepatitis B Vaccination
- Please submit to the department directly
Note: NBCOT credentialing before entry in the OTD is strongly recommended. Those not credentialed in occupational therapy at entry will be given provisional acceptance into the OTD Program and NBCOT credentialing must be achieved by the end of the first semester of the program. It is expected that all applicants are licensed or eligible for licensing in the United States.
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