Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional Application Instructions

Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements

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.

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).

How do I apply?

Application Form

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.


The deadline for summer admission is April 15. We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2021 consideration in June.

This graduate program is offered in an online format.

Personal Statement

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:

  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 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.

COVID-19 Impact Statement

This is an optional topic — if you feel as though your pathway to a graduate education was educationally, personally, or professionally impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, please describe the impact you experienced (one page included as a separate topic in the personal statement).

Some impacts you may want to consider when responding include:
Personal: Changes in your living situation; caring for yourself or a loved one who was directly impacted; seeking out new volunteer opportunities that arose from the crisis
Professional: Loss of a job or needing to seek new opportunities; other professional or financial barriers.


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 graduateadmission@stkate.eduwith “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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu 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.


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. 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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu.  

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 (graduateadmission@stkate.edu); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

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), 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.

Submitting Materials

Electronic documents may be directed to graduateadmission@stkate.edu

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 her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

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