SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. I know that occupational therapists are now required to have a masters degree instead of just a bachelors, but lately I have been noticing that a lot of the job listings in my area for occupational therapists list a bachelors degree in occupational therapy as the educational requirement. These job listings do not say that a masters is required, they only list a bachelors degree. Because of this, I was wondering if it makes any difference whether one has a bachelors degree in OT along with the masters degree versus only having a masters degree in OT and a bachelors in another unrelated liberal arts or science field. In other words, if someone has a BA degree in liberal arts and a masters degree in OT would they be at a disadvantage compared to the therapists who have both bachelors and masters degrees in OT? I am working on completing a non-occupational therapy bachelors, but I am hoping to go to occupational therapy graduate school. Only one of the programs I am considering awards both masters and bachelors of OT to graduates. I am wondering if I should focus on getting into this program over the others for this reason or if it even matters at all? Also, what are the biggest differences as far as salary, opportunities, etc. in having a masters in occupational therapy versus having a doctorate degree?