The function of the master’s degree in a bachelor’s level profession is explored, using the principles of the American academic degree structure and the professional educational structure. Based on these principles, the basic master’s program in occupational therapy is viewed as being at variance with the degree structure of higher education. This argument is grounded in the fact that the basic master’s program entails less complex educational objectives than does the advanced master’s program.
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