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M.S.O.T. Curriculum

The Seton Hall University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy curriculum integrates the concepts from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF; WHO, 2001) and the three primary roles of the occupational therapist: practitioner, manager and contributor. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis begins with the practitioner role, followed by the contributor and manager roles. The curriculum is offered through a combination of learning formats taught online and through traditional classroom, lab and simulation experiences.

Building Foundational Knowledge

  • Body structures and functions are covered through pre-requisite courses and coursework early in the curriculum.
  • Later courses emphasize the impact of health conditions and impairments on activities and participation of older adults, adults and children/adolescents.
  • Students engage health and medical-condition knowledge with appropriate assessments and appropriate interventions in the same term, integrating the knowledge, application, evaluation and synthesis of information needed for clinical practice.
  • Final terms focus on entrepreneurship, prevention and health promotion and wellness.

Professional Formation: The Backbone of Our Curriculum

  • Begins with professional attitudes, behaviors and skills expected in graduate school and clinical settings.
  • Progresses to critical thinking, clinical reasoning and integration of knowledge.
  • Therapeutic use of self and reflection are integrated with Level I fieldwork experiences, service learning and advocacy projects.
  • Culminates in planning for continued professional development as practitioners, contributors and managers.

Course Listing

The following is the list of courses that students will pursue in each semester of the program. You can view a PDF of the full curriculum and read course descriptions in the Graduate Catalogue.

First Year

Fall Semester (16 credits)

  • GMOT 6155- Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology I
  • GMOT 6185- Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • GMOT 6270- The Occupational Therapy Process
  • GMOT 6160- Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy
  • GMOT 6100- Professional Formation I

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • GMOT 6250- Group Process in Occupational Therapy
  • GMOT 6170- Occupational Therapy Practice Skills
  • GMOT 6260- Cognition, Perception, Vision and Function
  • GMOT 7303- Research Methods I
  • GMOT 6240- Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology II
  • GMOT 6200- Professional Formation II

Summer Semester (8 credits)

  • GMOT 6301- Health and Medical Complexities of Older Adults
  • GMOT 6303- Evaluation of Older Adults
  • GMOT 6305- Interventions for Older Adults

Second Year

Fall Semester (14 credits)

  • GMOT 6750- Health and Medical Complexities of Adults
  • GMOT 6760- Evaluation of Adults
  • GMOT 6770- Interventions for Adults
  • GMOT 6700- Professional Formation III
  • GMOT 7320- Research Methods II

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • GMOT 6780- Professional Ethics in Occupational Therapy
  • GMOT 6850- Health and Medical Complexities of Children/Adolescents
  • GMOT 6860- Evaluation of Children/Adolescents
  • GMOT 6870- Interventions for Children/Adolescents
  • GMOT 6880- Wellness and Health Promotion I 
  • GMOT 6800- Professional Formation IV

Summer Semester (7 credits)

  • GMOT 6980- Wellness and Health Promotion II
  • GMOT 6965- Health Care Policies and Organizations
  • GMOT 6970- Fieldwork Preparation

Third Year

Fall Semester (3 credits)

  • GMOT 7013- Level II Fieldwork I*

Spring Semester (4 credits)

  • GMOT 7023- Level II Fieldwork II*
  • GMOT 7000- Professional Formation V

Summer Semester (Optional 3 credits)

  • GMOT 7033- Level II Fieldwork III* (optional)

*Fieldwork: Time requirement is equivalent to a full-time job at a fieldwork site.



The clinical education aspect of the MSOT program is a coordinated effort between Seton Hall University and various clinical sites throughout our area. Dedicated clinical education faculty work with these sites in order to place our students there for fieldwork assignments throughout the year (see Fieldwork sequence in above Course Listing).

Seton Hall is in a prime location that allows exposure to diverse and challenging OT practice settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public and specialty schools and private practices in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area, as well as out of state.