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Admission Facts for Fall 2013

  • Number of applicants: 392
  • Class size: 60
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Overall undergraduate GPA: 3.59
  • Undergraduate prerequisite course GPA: 3.66

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the Occupational Therapy graduate degree program.

Baccalaureate Degree

A baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by a nationally recognized, regional accrediting association. Applicants who will be completing a bachelor's degree from St. Catherine and are applying for the dual-degree option who meet the admission criteria are considered first in the selection process.


Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher on a 4.0 scale.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required as part of the MAOT application process. Submitted scores will not be taken into consideration during the review of application materials.


Applicant interviews are not part of St. Catherine's MAOT admission process.

Prerequisite Course Work

It is strongly recommended that all prerequisite courses be completed within the past ten years.

Prerequisite coursework must be completed with grade of C or above (Pass/Fail or S/U grading is not acceptable), with a minimum GPA of 3.20 or higher on a 4.0 scale. One prerequisite course may be repeated once. If two or more prerequisite courses have a grade lower than C, the student is ineligible for the MAOT program. View a list of equivalencies at other institutions »

Entry-level and Dual Degree* applicants must have a minimum of three prerequisite courses completed (with credits and grades noted on transcripts) at the time of application. All other prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the beginning of fall courses.

  • Human Anatomy**
    (3-4 semester/4-5 quarter credits)
    Human anatomy (often the first half of a combined anatomy and physiology sequence). These credits must be from an anatomy, biology, physiology or kinesiology department and must cover individual muscle function.
    • St. Kate's equivalent: BIOL 2400, BIOL 2510 or BIOL 3120
  • Human Physiology**
    (3-4 semester/4-5 quarter credits)
    Human physiology (often the second half of a combined anatomy and physiology sequence). These credits must be from a biology or physiology department.
    • St. Kate's equivalent: BIOL 2410, BIOL 2520 or BIOL 3140
  • General Psychology
    (3-4 semester credits)
    • St. Kate's equivalent: PSYCH 1000
  • Lifespan Development Psychology
    (3-4 semester credits)
    This course must cover the entirety of the lifespan from birth until death. Multiple courses can be completed to fulfill the requirement (i.e Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Adult, Death and Dying Psychology), however only one course is necessary if it covers all of the components.
    • St. Kate's equivalent: PSYCH 2025
  • Abnormal Psychology
    (3-4 semester credits)
    • St. Kate's equivalent: PSYCH 3010
  • Medical Terminology
    (1 course/1-3 semester credits)
    • St. Kate's equivalent: INDI 2220 or HIMP 1020
  • Statistics
    (3-4 semester credits)
    • St. Kate's equivalent: MATH 1080, PSYCH 2050 or ECON 2225

*Dual-degree program students have additional credit and course requirements to fulfill the occupational science major. Please contact your academic advisor for additional course and credit requirements.

**At least one of these courses must include a lab. The Anatomy and Physiology I and II course sequence is equivalent if both courses are completed.

Official Transcript

Due to the high volume of interest in the MAOT program, the Office of Graduate Admission does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. After the OTCAS application form and official transcripts are submitted, an evaluation of previous coursework is completed and applicants are notified of any outstanding prerequisite courses.

Please note that official transcripts must be sent directly to the OTCAS Transcript Processing Center, and should not be sent to St. Catherine University during the application process. View application instructions »

Volunteer/Work Experience

Applicants must complete a minimum of two volunteer and/or work experiences in an occupational therapy or other healthcare setting prior to applying. Each experience must be a minimum of 25 hours each. Applicants will document the details of their work/volunteer experiences on the application form. This requirement allows applicants to obtain vital experience and demonstrate evidence of careful career exploration, as well as the ability to work with individuals of various age groups, disabilities and diverse backgrounds.

Information Session

It is highly recommended that you attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the MAOT program and admission process. View schedule to register »