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.
Apply anytime to start in Summer (June) semester. St. Kate’s has a streamlined admission process – no application fee – 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!
Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
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.
A current state license or international equivalent as a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR).
How do I apply?
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
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 2022 enrollment.
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.
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 personal statement).
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 personal statement 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 statement.
If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the OTD application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org “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.
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 email@example.com with “OTD Résumé” in the subject line.
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.
Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. NOTE: Joint Services (formerly SMART) military transcripts are accepted, but not required. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. 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 (email@example.com); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.