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Applications for the upcoming cohort of occupational therapy students will be accepted upon the opening of the OTCAS cycle (usually in July/August) through December 1st of each year. Applications received by December 1st are given priority; however, applications will be accepted until the class is filled. Applicants can request to be a part of an early decision admissions cycle, if qualified, by meeting a September 15th deadline. A limited number of early decision spaces are available. An early decision applicant will automatically be considered in the general admissions cycle if they are not accepted early.

Early Admissions Decision: Application Deadline September 15th
Applicants can qualify to participate in an early interview and decision process that will fill up to 15 seats in the incoming OTD class. To be considered for early admissions, applicants must have submitted a complete application and have a minimum pre-requisite GPA of a 3.4 or be affiliated with St. Ambrose as an alum or degree seeking student.

General Admissions Decision: Application Deadline December 1st
Applicants submitting complete applications by December 1st, and any applicants who already submitted an application for an early admissions decision but is not yet accepted, can qualify for an interview if meeting the minimum requirements for admissions.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online using the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at An application fee of $140 for the first application and $60 to each additional program will be required. Applicants seeking assistance with the application process should email Customer Service at The OTCAS application includes:

  • A personal statement.
  • Three letters of reference. One reference letter must be from an OT where observation hours were completed.
  • Official score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Submit directly to OTCAS with program code 7811.)

Other Requirements

In addition, students must:

  • Complete the prerequisite coursework: Pre-requisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher and a combined minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 (4.0 scale). A grade for all pre-requisite courses must be available by the application deadline of December 1st (or September 15th if requesting to be considered for an early admission decision).
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree in their chosen field of study by June 1st, before beginning OTD coursework.
  • Complete supplemental materials and submit directly to the OTD office.
    *Provide documentation – on official letterhead and signed by a registered occupational therapist – of 50 hours of volunteer OT experience completed within the past 5 years in at least two different OT settings. Applicants may receive some credit from employment in an occupational therapy setting with approval from the OTD program.

Applications to the program must be complete by December 1 for the following fall. Application processing begins September 1st and continues until the class is filled. Applications received after the deadline are generally not considered; however, if the class is not full, late applications may be reviewed.

The OTD Application Guide is a useful resource and checklist.

Selection and Notification

Prospective students will be selected for professional interviews that focus on academic, personal, and professional preparedness in anticipation of beginning graduate level study. If selected, applicants will be required to discuss their submitted personal statement during the interview. The number of interviews completed each year varies depending upon the size of the applicant pool compared to the open spaces in the incoming class.

At the completion of the application process, students will be notified of their admission status in writing and must submit an acceptance confirmation and a $200 acceptance fee.