About the Post-Professional Master's Program

The post-professional master's program in occupational therapy is designed for practicing occupational therapists (OT/OTR) who seek to transition from a bachelor's to a master's degree and advance competencies in physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, education or leadership. The learning experiences are designed to enhance reflection about practice based on occupation, theory and evidence.

As a graduate you'll be:

  • able to critique and create practice alternatives.
  • able to communicate evidence of therapeutic efficacy in a preferred practice area.

Program Format

The Post-Professional Master's degree is a 12-credit program, taking 9 months to complete on a part-time basis with all courses distance-delivery. By remaining in a work setting while engaging in advanced education, you'll develop reflective practice skills in a manner that has ongoing real-world application. Read more about the technology requirements

You'll submit weekly postings critiquing professional literature and relating it to practice. Your faculty will provide individual feedback on your reflective analysis and application of knowledge to practice. Assignments are due once per week and you'll travel to campus at least once to present your culminating project at the end of the program.

Program of Study


OCT 700 Perspectives on Occupation – 2 credits
Examination of perspectives on occupation that underlie occupational therapy practice.

OCT 710 Research in Occupational Therapy – 3 credits
Analysis and synthesis of professional literature related to selected practice area. Emphasis on occupational therapy.

OCT 720 Theory and Practice – 2 credits
Analysis of models, theory, frames of reference and professional reasoning to enhance reflective practice. Emphasis on occupational therapy.


OCT 734 Leadership – 2 credits
Examination of leadership theories and their application to provision of occupational therapy services.

OCT 795 Culminating Project – 3 credits
Completion of an evidence-based case study or project that shows the impact of occupational therapy on the client’s function and participation.


The occupational therapy program currently offers a bridge program for practicing occupational therapists with a bachelor's degree that wish to earn a post-professional Master of Science (M.S.) degree. To apply, please submit the following items:

  • Graduate Student Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Copy of current OT license
  • Copy of government-issued photo ID

Completed applications are reviewed October 15 and March 15 for fall admission (priority deadlines). If space is available, applications will continue to be reviewed in summer. Applications are being accepted for fall 2022. Qualified applicants will be contacted to complete an interview and writing sample. Upon notification of admission, applicants must submit a tuition deposit to confirm their intent to enroll.

Find out about tuition for this program.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Jane Olson at olsonj@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3376.

If you are interested in becoming an occupational therapist, please see the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program information.