Applying for admission
If you are an occupational therapist ready to take your practice to the highest level, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission into our Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program.
All students applying to the OTD program must have the following:
- A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
- A completed master’s degree (in any discipline) from a regionally accredited institution.
- A current state license or international equivalent as a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR).
- Graduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale.
Eligibility: State of residency
Enrollment in the OTD program is open to students residing in the United States and other countries. At this time, however, individuals residing in certain parts of the United States are not eligible for admission: Alabama, Arkansas and Wisconsin.
The priority application deadlines are July 1 (fall start), November 1 (spring start) and April 1 (summer start). We will continue to accept applications until all spaces are filled for the upcoming term.
To apply for admission into St. Catherine University's OTD program, submit all of the items listed below. If you have questions about the admission process, please contact your admission counselor.
Complete all sections of the online application form.
Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. This fee is waived for students who:
- Enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
- Attended a graduate information session within the past five years
- Completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years
If one or more of the above statements applies to you:
- Choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment for the online application.
Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.
Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each topic. Please address the following topics:
- Describe your clinical and leadership experiences.
- Discuss your intended practice-related focus of study during the doctoral program.
- Discuss your long-term professional goals to be accomplished through earning an OTD degree.
Personal statements may be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address at the bottom of this page, or submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name at the top of your statement and include “OTD Personal Statement” in the subject line.
Submit a current résumé. Please differentiate between paid work experience and volunteer activities. Indicate whether the experience/activity was part-time or full-time in nature, specify the dates of employment/volunteering and list the responsibilities involved.
Résumés may be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address at the bottom of this page, or submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. Please include “OTD Résumé” in the subject line.
Two OTD recommendation forms must be completed by professional and/or academic references who can attest to the intellectual ability, leadership potential and judgment of the applicant. These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed below. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned.
Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
Provide a copy of your NBCOT certification.
TOEFL / IELTS 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 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant's responsibility.
Submit all application materials to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Each application that has been completed with the items listed above and received by St. Catherine University will be considered by the Admission Committee. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.