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Application Instructions


The application deadline is December 1 for Fall enrollment. All required materials must be submitted by December 1. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Please note that applicants may only apply for one format (day or weekend).

Application Process

Entry Level
Applications for the entry level MAOT program are submitted via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) online. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to OTCAS. In addition to the required OTCAS essay, a required supplemental essay must be submitted via email to St. Catherine University.

Visit the OTCAS website and select the "participating programs" tab. Find St. Catherine University on the list to view program information and an explanation of the following application requirements:

  • Application deadline details
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Volunteer/Work experiences
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Essays

Hardcopy dual-degree applications and instructions must be picked up from the OT department or Graduate Admission Office.

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 dual-degree MAOT program application. There is no additional application fee.


A minimum of 3 prerequisite courses completed at the time of application, with credits and grades included on transcripts. Additional prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the Fall term.

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 will be considered by the Admission Committee. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

Required Supplemental Essay - Entry Level Only

Entry level applications are required to prepare a supplemental essay (in addition to the required OTCAS 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.

In your essay, critically analyze your education and/or professional experiences in terms of one of the following:

  • opportunities/experiences that required problem solving
  • participation in leadership experiences
  • opportunities/experiences that required risk taking
  • engagement with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • community action or advocacy

Completed essays must include the applicants full name and be submitted as an email attachment to: graduate_study@stkate.edu. The subject line must read "MAOT Supplemental Essay".