Combined degree: Occupational Therapy M.S. and Dr.O.T.
The combined master of science and doctor of occupational therapy program at Grand Valley State University offer students the opportunity to earn two degrees, meeting their unique personal, academic, and career goals. Pursuing a combined degree can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both.
The combined degree program allows students to complete the master's and doctorate OT programs with nine credits counting towards both degrees. It is an ideal pathway for students seeking advanced practice skills in OT preparing them for advocacy, leadership, and teaching opportunities.
This path waives the required 2 years of practice experience and in place of this requirement will consider:
- academic performance through the master's courses;
- six months of full-time work during level 2 fieldwork experience;
- NBCOT certification (following completion of level 2 fieldwork); and
- continuous employment throughout the doctoral coursework.
- Good standing in the master's program, minimum GPA of a 3.25 in OT courses.
- Critical evaluation of an occupational therapy article.
- Submission of a personal statement, including specific goals and timelines for completion.
- Interview with faculty members.
- Three letters of support from professional colleagues, supervisors, or faculty.
- Professional resume.
Initial application materials for traditional students is due by the end of Winter I; application materials for hybrid students are due end of Fall I. See program director/advisor for details.
The following courses will count towards completion of the M.S. and Dr.O.T. degrees:
- OST 710 - Health Disparities
- OST 715 - Occupational Science
- OST 735 - Policy & Advocacy
Why Pursue a Combined Degree in Occupational Therapy at Grand Valley?
- The combined degree program allows you to accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degrees one step ahead of the competition.
- OT is considered one of the top careers for the future with a growth rate of 26 percent in the next eight years.
- Faculty have a diverse set of clinical experiences and are highly skilled in the design and facilitation of a challenging and rewarding distance program.
- GVSU is the only public university in Michigan to offer a post professional doctorate in occupational therapy and the only OT combined degree program in the state of Michigan.
- Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Phone: (301) 652-AOTA. Web: acoteonline.org.