Apply for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program

The requirements, deadlines, and process for applying for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) are outlined below. Review the admissions information before applying. Applications open in July and the deadline to submit your application is September 15th.

International applicants must follow the international application process and admission standards of the Office of International Affairs.

Step 1: Review the admissions requirements

To be eligible to apply for the OTD program, you need to meet the following requirements.

  • Completed all prerequisites with a maximum of one outstanding course at the time of application. All prerequisites must be completed before starting the program.

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  • Completed—or will complete—your undergraduate bachelor's degree before your intended summer start date in the program.
  • Earned a cumulative grade point average and science/math prerequisite grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, which includes all undergraduate and graduate coursework.  
  • All applicants are encouraged to observe OT practice and acquire shadowing experience, but there are no active requirements due to the ongoing pandemic.

Applicants who previously matriculated into any occupational therapy program in the United States are not eligible for admission into the IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

Step 2: Start your applications

There are two applications you'll have to complete to be considered for the OTD program. 

  1. Complete your application via the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). All application materials must be submitted in full and your application must be in “verified” status by the admission deadline. Additional program fees will apply.
  2. The other application is submitted through the IU Centralized Application System (CAS). Professional programs begin in the summer term. The program name in IU's CAS is "Occupational Therapy OTD." Using the filters at the top, select IUPUI as the campus, the next academic year as the start year, and Indiana University School of Health & Human Sciences for school. Submit your application, along with the application fee. Applications are not reviewed until the application fee is paid.