The application deadline is December 1 for Fall enrollment. All required materials listed below must be received by OTCAS no later than December 1. Applications and materials submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Applicants may only apply for one format (day or weekend).

We strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline to ensure that all materials are received.  Only applications considered "complete" by OTCAS standards by December 1 (though not necessarily "verified") will be considered for admission.

Application Process


St. Catherine undergraduate students who are pursuing an approved dual-degree plan do not apply for the MAOT program using the OTCAS system. Information listed on this web page is for entry-level applicants only; application materials and instructions for dual-degree students will be available from the Office of Graduate Admission in Fall 2014. Dual-degree students should consult with their academic advisor for information about specific admission requirements.


Applications for the entry-level MAOT program are submitted via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) online. The application cycle opens on July 17 and remains available until December 1. The following materials must be submitted directly to OTCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended*
  • Three references
*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the OTCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to OTCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.
Review the OTCAS "frequently asked questions" section for specific instructions for entering and submitting the required materials.
The following materials are submitted directly to St. Catherine University:
  • Supplemental Essay
  • Petition (for applications who do not meet specific minimum requirements for admission)


Required Supplemental Essay

In addition to the OTCAS Personal Statement, applicants are required to prepare a supplemental essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy. The essay may not exceed one typed, double-spaced page. Handwritten essays will not be accepted.

Tell us how your personal qualities, experiences, and values relate to the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health Mission:

"The Henrietta Schmoll School of Health educates diverse learners and engages clinical and community partners to influence health, health systems, and health policy.  The School is distinguished by an emphasis on relationship-centered care, socially responsible leadership, and interdisciplinary initiatives."

Completed essays must include the applicants' full name and be submitted as an email attachment to: The subject line should read "MAOT Supplemental Essay" and must be submitted directly to St. Catherine University no later than December 1.

Petition Process

Applicants who do not meet one or more of the following MAOT admission requirements must submit a petition to have their application considered:

  • Cumulative GPA (applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.2 will report their unofficial GRE scores in OTCAS, in addition to submitting the petition to St. Catherine University)
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Prerequisite courses (if more than one prerequisite course with a grade lower than C has been/will be repeated)

Petitions must include an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as the applicant's plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program. Completed petitions must include the applicant's full name and be submitted as an email attachment to: The subject line should read "MAOT Petition" and must be submitted directly to St. Catherine University no later than December 1.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). Unofficial evaluation results must be reported in OTCAS. If admitted into the MAOT program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the iBT.  This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Candidates must report unofficial TOEFL scores in OTCAS. If admitted into the MAOT program, official test scores must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Application and Certification of Finances, in addition to the entry-level or dua​l-degree MAOT program application. There is no additional application fee.


Fulfillment of the MAOT application requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.