Occupational Therapy

Through the partnership between Saint Joseph’s University and Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Health Professions, students can earn both the Bachelors of Science (BS) degree and the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree in five years.

Students in this program will spend their first three years at Saint Joseph’s University completing the majority of courses needed for a BS degree in either Biology, Interdisciplinary Health Services, or Psychology. They will also complete specific prerequisite courses necessary for transfer into the Occupational Therapy program.

Students will transfer to Thomas Jefferson University for the next two years to complete degree requirements for the Masters in Occupational Therapy. Credits from the first year at Jefferson will transfer back to SJU to complete the remaining credits needed for the Bachelor’s degree. Students will receive their BS degree from SJU after their first year at Jefferson and will earn their Masters in Occupational Therapy after their second year at Jefferson.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must apply to Saint Joseph's University by November 1 (Early Action or Early Decision I) of their senior year in high school.

Saint Joseph's accepts both the Common Application and the Saint Joseph's Application. Students interested in the 3+2 MSOT program must select either Biology, Interdisciplinary Health Services, or Psychology as their major. For students using the Common Application, the 3+2 MSOT program interest section is located on the SJU Member Page. For students using the Saint Joseph's Application, the 3+2 MSOT program interest section is located on the "Academic Plans" page.

To be academically qualified, students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.30 or higher
  • Minimum 1270 SAT score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math) or 26 ACT composite score

Application Requirements

Students who are academically qualified will be emailed a Jefferson Supplemental Application in early January to complete for consideration of an admissions interview. The Jefferson Supplemental Application includes:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Preferred minimum of 15 hours of shadowing or volunteering with an occupational therapist prior to the admissions interview (more hours and varied experiences are recommended)
  • Resume with any OT shadowing hours listed
  • Essay: As a high school student, what influenced your decision to pursue accelerated entry into graduate school and specifically, why are you interested in Thomas Jefferson University’s MSOT 3+2 program?

Select candidates will be invited for an Admissions Interview at Jefferson in February or March. The top candidates from these interviews will be offered one of the limited spaces for admission to the 3+2 MSOT program through Saint Joseph’s University.

Final admission decisions will be communicated to all students who interview no later than April 1. Accepted students have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission by submitting a $500 enrollment deposit to Jefferson.

For additional information

Prospective students can direct all questions about the 3+2 MSOT Program to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admit@sju.edu or 610.660.1300.