Why Earn Your Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy?

If you've always dreamed of a career that will give you the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people around you, earning your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy could help you do just that.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Regis College is an immersive, full-time accredited program for students who want to improve the quality of life and functional independence for clients of all ages.

Students learn to evaluate, integrate, and apply the principles of occupational therapy both in the classroom and through service learning and fieldwork experiences. Innovative, close-knit classes ensure that students receive personalized attention and focus from professors. We invite you to download the MS-OT flyer to hear what a student has to say about their experience, and more!

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Why Earn Your MS-OT at Regis?

Strong Focus on Fieldwork

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MS-OT) program at Regis provides students with a wealth of opportunities to work in the field. As an MS-OT student at Regis, you will have the opportunity to complete fieldwork in just about every OT practice setting, from large hospitals to school systems to outpatient practices, to non-traditional sites like community-based mental health and adapted sports.

Faculty Expertise

Our faculty are all active OT practitioners which allows them to bring current, real-world experience to the classroom and to combine theory with actual practice. As an MS-OT student at Regis, you will be taught by faculty who work in a variety of settings, treating children and adults, in specialized outpatient clinics, home care therapy, school systems, and other pediatric practices.

Dedication to Equity and Inclusion

Unlike many other MS-OT programs, we do not require any hours of observation as part of your application process, eliminating a potential obstacle to access to a Regis education, earning your graduate degree, and embarking on a rewarding career.

Quick Program Facts

Average cost per credit
Credits (56 Billed Credits)*
Total tuition**
Program Entry Points
Miles from fieldwork locations in Boston
Pass rate on the NBCOT exam since 2018

* Only 56 credits out of 74 credits are billed at a cost of $1,225.95 per credit for total tuition cost of $90,720.
** Based on the academic year 2023-2024. Cost per credit and total cost subject to inflation.

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Curriculum for the MS in Occupational Therapy at Regis College is regularly updated to match advances seen in the field and prepare students for a fulfilling career in modern occupational therapy. Innovative classes taught by expert, passionate faculty ensure you receive personalized attention so that you can integrate and apply everything you've learned into your practice. After completing your degree, you will be qualified to work with all populations, including children, veterans, and the elderly.

I was impressed with the program and the focus on teaching students how to practice OT in the field, rather than just learn OT in the classroom. We spent so much time engaged in hands-on learning that I felt comfortable working with clients when I graduated. That confidence is the reason why I founded my private practice four years after graduating from the program. I felt like I had something to offer the field of OT and my clients; that feeling started while I was still in graduate school.
Erika Higginbottom, MS ’18, OTR/L

Gaining Experience in the OT Field

Level I and level II fieldwork enables you to implement classroom strategies directly in a clinical setting. Regis has partnered with local organizations to provide a broad array of fieldwork opportunities, however, you may also arrange placement outside of the Boston area. Level II fieldwork, at the end of the program, is a 12-week full-time internship, which students frequently complete in their home state.


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has been granted accreditation status, effective April 22, 2018, by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is acoteonline.org.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Information

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Current NBCOT exam pass rate information.

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Career Outcomes

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Retention and Graduation

Regis College’s MSOT program graduated 16 students in 2021, 25 students in 2022, and 21 in 2023. This represents a 98% retention rate and 98% graduation rate for the students who began the program in each cohort.

Graduation YearAdmitted/GraduatedGraduation Rate
Total 2021-202362/6398%
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I Love OT Podcast

If you are interested in learning more about occupational therapy, check out the I Love OT podcast hosted by program director, Michael Roberts. The podcast celebrates what is special, exciting, unique, and rewarding about occupational therapy.

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