The online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Russell Sage CollegeThe online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Russell Sage CollegeThe online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Russell Sage College

Help patients regain independence in their daily lives

At Russell Sage College, we take our “Be. Know. Do.” mission seriously. We champion learners who are ready to embrace their unique gifts, gain more knowledge, and do good work in their communities. 

The online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program prepares you to provide holistic, rehabilitative care to patients of all ages. Through collaborative online classes, on-campus lab immersions, and fieldwork experiences, you’ll graduate prepared to sit for your occupational therapy certification exam and help patients improve their ability to perform daily tasks.

The online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at a glance

32 months time to complete full time

Low student-to-faculty ratio

No GRE/GMAT required

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Online MSOT admission

Sage seeks applicants who are excited to grow the field of occupational therapy and give back to their community.

Admission highlights

  • Upcoming start dates: August 2024
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • No GMAT/GRE scores required

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Next application deadline

The final deadline for the August 2024 cohort is July 1, 2024.

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Online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy curriculum

The online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is designed to equip you with a lifespan approach to occupational therapy. The curriculum covers a range of topics — such as community mental health, pediatrics, and adult development — which prepares you to work with patients across the lifespan.

  • Sage’s online MSOT program includes mandatory courses and fieldwork that sets it apart from other occupational therapy programs, including:

    • An emphasis on Level-I and Level-II fieldwork
    • Two types of placements for Level-II fieldwork
    • Physical rehab (with four physical rehab courses)
    • A course in upper extremities (shoulders, arms, and hands), which is not typically included in similar programs at other institutions
    • Mental health as integral to all fieldwork experiences

    We included these mandatory courses for a reason: We want to help you emerge as a marketable occupational therapy professional who can work in a variety of settings. That’s the Sage difference.

  • As a learner in the online program, you will complete five fieldwork experiences in or near your community. During these experiences, you will help real patients develop the dexterity they need to complete everyday tasks; regain strength in weakened or affected areas; improve sensory responses; and/or use assistive devices like wheelchairs. These fieldwork experiences are organized by levels, as follows: 

    • Level-I: Community mental health (psychosocial)
    • Level-I: Physical rehab 
    • Level-I: Pediatric settings 
    • Level-II: Pediatrics, physical rehab, psychosocial, adults with intellectual disabilities, or community*
    • Level-II: Pediatrics, physical rehab, psychosocial, adults with intellectual disabilities, or community*

    *Learners are required to complete ONE Level II experience in physical rehab.

  • You’ll complete five lab immersions on the Russell Sage College campus. During these immersions, you’ll engage in case based discussions and participate in problem-based learning activities to gain proficiency in a related topic. 

    Topics you’ll explore include early intervention settings, occupational engagement in adulthood, foundations of physical rehabilitation, and more.

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Our “learn by doing” approach to teaching occupational therapy features a mix of live online classes, in-person immersions, and fieldwork experiences. Every component of the program is designed to prepare you to provide rehabilitative care to patients, from infants to the elderly.

  • Attend weekly face-to-face classes, held on Zoom, that allow for rich discussion and debate with peers and faculty.
  • Complete interactive assignments, using a customizable platform that follows best practices for online learning. 
  • Meet faculty and peers at in-person immersions, where you’ll network and apply what you’ve learned. 
  • Access our Career and Self-Discovery Center, which offers interview prep, one-on-one coaching, job simulations, and salary resources.
  • Connect with an advisor, who will serve as your dedicated partner throughout the program.

Thrive at Russell Sage

A Sage education ensures you’re supported from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate — and beyond. Here’s how:

MSOT faculty

Your occupational therapy education comes with a profound, Russell Sage-level of support. In fact, many faculty members are Sage graduates — they’ve benefited from that support, and they’re ready to bring that same energy to you.

Sage alumni community

Your journey at Sage doesn’t end once you graduate. We’ve created an online alumni community to keep the momentum going. Here, you’ll be able to search your old friends, register for events, and take advantage of career planning tools such as career advising, résumé reviews, and mock interviews.

Occupational therapy is in demand

Anybody, at any age, can experience a sudden illness or trauma that could disrupt their ability to perform daily tasks. That’s why occupational therapists will alway be key players in health care. By gaining the skills and practical experience you need to become an occupational therapist, you can help people return to the lifestyle and activities that are important to them.

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Start your occupational therapy journey at Sage

Grow your skills and transform lives for the better. If you’re ready to make a meaningful difference in your community, request more information about the online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Russell Sage College.

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