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Occupational Therapy or Rehabilitation (Master of Science)

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 or related field, 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. or are looking for a higher degree in Occupational Therapy, 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.

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School of Pharmacy and Health Professions By the Numbers
12:1 student to faculty overall ratio
3:1 student to faculty clinical ratio
Over 1000 current students
#1 for clinical doctorates in OT and PT
Over 7000 active and engaged alumni who live the Creighton values

Program Details

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 three semesters.

  • First Semester:
    • MSR/MSOT 500 English
    • MSR/MSOT 503 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
    • MSR/MSOT 553 Research
    • MSR/MSOT 603 Physical Rehabilitation I
    • MSR/MSOT 643 UE Orthopedics 
  • Second Semester:
    • MSR/MSOT 543 Instructional Methods
    • MSR/MSOT 563 Research Project I
    • MSR/MSOT 613 Rehabilitation with Older Adults
    • MSR/MSOT 623 Physical Rehabilitation II
    • MSR/MSOT 633 Rehabilitation with Children and Youth
  • Third Semester:
    • MSR/MSOT 513 Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership
    • MSR/MSOT 533 Mental Health
    • MSR/MSOT 653 Research Project II
    • MSR 663 Experiential Education for Master of Science in Rehabilitation
    • MSOT 673 Experiential Education for Master of Science in Occupational Therapy


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.

Admission 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 your resume or curriculum vitae
  • 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 105
  • Complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office if admitted

International students are welcomed into this program and F-1 visas will be supported upon admission.

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 & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site 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.

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.





June 1

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