School of Health and Medical Sciences

Seton Hall University offers an exciting dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.).

This six-year program offers you the opportunity to begin your pre-professional education in a three-year traditional liberal arts environment and to complete your professional degree in an intensive three-year curriculum that offers clinical internships.

As an occupational therapist, you will have the rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives. You will be able to help individuals develop and maintain their capacity to perform the tasks and roles that are essential to productive living.

Seton Hall’s Occupational Therapy Program views the role of the occupational therapist as a clinician, educator, administrator and researcher. As a clinician, you will be able to identify the psychosocial and physical needs of individual clients and to design, implement and evaluate plans to meet those needs. In the area of education, you will be prepared to teach in healthcare community environments. As a supervisor, you will be able to plan, establish and evaluate occupational therapy services in a variety of settings. And in the area of research, you will be able to critically analyze new concepts and findings, and integrate changes in practice that occur within the dynamic healthcare delivery system.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.  AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-2682.

The demand for occupational therapists is strong. In addition to placements in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities and sheltered workshops, occupational therapists are increasingly being employed in school systems, private practices and in a variety of healthcare and community agencies.

B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and behavioral sciences is an interdisciplinary program offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students concentrate in one of the social and behavioral sciences by minoring in psychology social work, anthropology or sociology. While focusing on one of these tracks, you broaden that focus by taking advanced courses in the other disciplines, as well.

Social and behavioral sciences is a fitting preparation for the professional phase of the OT program—especially in light of the services that occupational therapists provide:

Assessing, treating and educating clients and their families;
Developing, improving and restoring a client’s daily living, work, leisure or educational skills, and;
Developing and restoring the client’s physiological, psychological or psychosocial functioning.
The study of sociology gives insights into social relations in families, communities, social groups and organizations, providing an awareness of social influences on behavior and the requirements for living with others.

The special concerns of social work are poverty, illness, racism, sexism, ageism and other manifestations of human suffering. Social work is committed to the prevention of social problems and the provision of social services.

Undergraduate coursework in psychology recognizes that the methods of scientific inquiry can be applied meaningfully and fruitfully to the understanding of individual behavior.

Anthropology studies include the institutional, cultural and social causes of chronic global inequality and persistent poverty. Studying and understanding our world, the people in it and how we relate to one another will provide a strong basis for community based healthcare service delivery, especially in underserved populations.

Students choosing Option II must fulfill the requirements of the core curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, and the School of Graduate Medical Education for occupational therapy. Your adviser will help you complete the program within the six-year time span.


Applicants must successfully complete a high school college-preparatory curriculum, including courses in social sciences, biology, English, mathematics and a foreign language. SAT scores are required of all applicants.

International students must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Transfer students will be considered for the first three years of the program and should have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


The Occupational Therapy Program at Seton Hall University is unique because it accepts students for enrollment in the entire program. If you maintain the required GPA as an undergraduate, you are guaranteed admission into the final three years of professional studies.

During the summer before you begin the professional phase, you will be expected to volunteer for work under the supervision of an occupational therapist in a local hospital or other healthcare setting to strengthen interpersonal skills and develop an understanding of the needs and capabilities of clients and the role of occupational therapists.

Due to a limit on the number of occupational therapy students in each entering freshman class, admission into the program is both competitive and highly selective.

For questions about the curriculum in social and behavioral sciences, leading to the master’s degree in occupational therapy, contact:

Dr. Christopher Kaiser
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services and Enrollment Management
College of Arts and Sciences
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9430

To request your application, contact:

Enrollment Services
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
1-800-THE-HALL (out of state)
(973) 761-9332 (in-state)

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