Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Post-Professional Admissions

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 post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. 

St. Kate’s has a streamlined admission process – no application fee, no GRE or other exam – to accelerate your Post-Professional OTD onboarding process.

If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. They’re here to help!

Timelines and deadlines

Apply anytime to start in Summer (June) semester. The priority application deadline is April 15 for summer enrollment. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2024 enrollment.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate Degree: A completed master's degree (in any discipline) from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).

  • Grade Point Average: Graduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale.

  • OTR License: A current state license or international equivalent as a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR).

Application Instructions

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application.

Admission essay

Prepare an admission 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:

  1. Describe your clinical and leadership experiences.
  2. Discuss your intended practice-related focus of study during the doctoral program.
  3. Discuss your long-term professional goals to be accomplished through earning an OTD degree.
Post-Professional OTD Mission Scholarship

This is an optional topic - it is not required as part of the application process for admission into the graduate program. Only individuals who wish to be considered for this scholarship should address the topic below (one page, included as part 4 in the admission essay).

The St. Catherine University post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree is an evidence based, occupation centered, social justice oriented graduate program. The focus of the program is to prepare occupational therapists to lead and educate in community, clinical, and emerging practice areas. St. Kate’s seeks to award scholarships to new post-professional OTD students who demonstrate a capacity for ethical leadership and the ability to address health and social inequities, apply diverse and global perspectives to improve health equity, and advocate for change in their communities. Tell us about yourself -- your past experiences, future career goals, community activities, and so on which demonstrate your commitment to advancing evidence and social justice in the OT profession.

If you have already submitted the OTD application form, you may upload your admission essay via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the essay.

If you wish to submit the admission essay prior to the OTD application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the essay as an attachment via email to graduateadmission@stkate.eduwith “OTD Admission Essay” 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.

If you have already submitted the OTD application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).

If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the OTD application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to with “OTD Résumé” in the subject line.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendations are required for OTD applicants.

OTD recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable. 

A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the OTD application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.


To review your admission file, we'll need transcripts from the college(s) or university(ies) from which you earned your bachelor's and graduate degrees. St. Kate's will review your admission file and make offers of acceptance using unofficial transcripts uploaded by you to your St. Kate's admission portal. However, official transcripts sent directly from your bachelor's and graduate degree-granting institution(s) are required, and must be received before courses registration in your doctoral program is allowed.

Need assistance finding out how to order your official transcripts?  Contact your admission counselor for help!  See contact information at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Joint Services (formerly SMART) military transcripts are accepted, but not required.

All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to  

To be considered official, electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university to St. Kate's (at 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 (see address below).

NBCOT Certification

Provide a copy of your NBCOT certification (or international equivalent).


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.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or SpanTran. Original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English must also be included. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

Submitting Materials

Please review all application instructions. Once you’ve submitted the online application, you will have access to your Application Status page to upload any supporting documents (instructions for accessing the status page were emailed at the time you submitted the application). If you are unable to upload electronic documents to your Application Status page, you may send items as an attachment via email to Paper documents may be mailed to:

St. Catherine University 
Graduate Admission #4027 
2004 Randolph Avenue 
St. Paul, MN 55105

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is completed by the deadline. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

International Applicants

The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

PLEASE NOTE: Our OTD: Post Professional program is fully online. Therefore, we are not able to issue a student visa or federal financial aid to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International applicants who are able to fully fund their education with outside funds and do not need a student visa are welcome to apply.

Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.


Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

International Student Forms

International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the application form.

Additional Documentation

Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.

Questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Contact an admission counselor