What will I learn?

Why Occupational Therapy at SHU?

Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut, offers an entry-level, master’s degree program in occupational therapy (MSOT). This graduate program is for people with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy. The program prepares students to master entry-level clinical practice skills and develop beginning-level skills in leadership and scholarship in occupational therapy.

The curriculum design is highly unique, utilizing a developmental approach and strongly reflecting a philosophy of humanism, service to others, and community-based practice.

The program allows students to develop their skills in a progressive sequence throughout the curriculum under the guidance of experienced faculty and practitioners.

The curriculum utilizes problem-based learning (PBL), incorporating small group tutorials led by expert faculty members, designed to bridge course content with practice by having students actively engage in the clinical reasoning process through case studies.

Students are provided with a strong educational background to address the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of their clients to design occupation-based interventions that enable clients to participate in their own work, school, play, home, society, and community lives.

The curriculum incorporates fieldwork, community-based practice, and service learning opportunities where students actively use clinical reasoning in the design of assessment and intervention strategies based on evidence, leadership, supervision and management, research and entrepreneurship.

The program actively prepares students to develop proactive and entrepreneurial skills in marketing occupational therapy services and program development in new practice areas. Faculty/student/practitioner collaborations and mentorships are structured into the program to facilitate this unique undertaking.

Faculty pursue continued development in evidence-based, engaged, team-based, and digital pedagogies, which they have implemented throughout the curriculum.

Throughout the program’s growth, the faculty have maintained their commitment to the mission of creating an intimate and engaging culture. This has been accomplished through the use of faculty-student ratios appropriate to the teaching/learning strategies in each course, regular student advisement, mentored small group work, an open door policy regarding office hours, and faculty availability outside the classroom.

The program lives its mission and belief that learning emerges from interactions among students, faculty, and staff. Program outcomes indicate that student-faculty relationships and available and excellence of faculty are consistently its most outstanding outcomes.

Career Opportunities

The outlook for occupational therapy employment is very good. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics includes occupational therapy as one of its fastest growing occupations, with registered occupational therapists predicted to have a faster than average growth (21- 36%). Both the American Hospital Association and the National Association for Health Care Recruitment are reporting shortages of occupational therapists and vacant positions nationwide.

Which department am I in?

College of Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (76 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $12,950 per trimester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

August 2020, January 2021


Center for Healthcare Education Campus

4000 Park Avenue,



06606, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must possess the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, international applicants should have achieved an excellent academic record that includes at least sixteen years of primary, secondary, and college-level education.

???English language proficiency - TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT, IELTS - 6.5, SHU ELI online placement exam - 80%, PTE - 62, iTEP - 5, ELS English for Academic Purposes - Level 112, Education First (EF) - C1, Cambridge Advanced English - 58, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - 5.5, Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English (CPE) - 5.5.

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About this uni

With an employability record of 95% at the Institution, Sacred Heart graduates secure jobs soon after completing their studies.

  • 4th among ‘Most Innovative Universities’ in the North USA
  • Has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Home to a total of over 8,000 students
  • Home to award-winning halls of residence