Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Admission to the professional Occupational Therapy program is competitive. Applications are accepted beginning August 1st and are due no later than November 1st of each year for enrollment the following summer.
Students accepted into the MS OT program must complete the admission criteria, listed below.
How to Apply
Students will have:
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
- Completed six of the eight prerequisites (listed below) by the application deadline of November 1st. All prerequisites must be completed by December 31st.
- Minimum prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale with no lower than a 'C' in any one prerequisite.
- Completed a minimum of 12 hours of observation and/or volunteer work among at least three different Occupational Therapy practice settings (such as acute care hospital, outpatient clinic, community mental health center, school system, and so forth) with either an Occupational Therapist or an Occupational Therapy assistant. A form validating this observation is required and is available at the link below.
- For applicants for whom English is not the native language, a minimum TOEFL score of 560p/83i/220c.
- A completed application
Applications are accepted August 1 – November 1 annually. All application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline. Forms are located under 'Admission Forms' below.
- IUPUI Online Graduate Application for Admission and $60 non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended – must be in sealed institutional envelopes
- Required Observational Hours Forms
- Prerequisite Course Completion Plan Form
- IU Occupational Therapy Application Checklist
Application materials 2-5 submitted in one package to:
OT Admissions Committee
1140 W. Michigan Street
Coleman Hall 120
Indianapolis, IN 46202.
- Introductory Psychology
- Introductory Sociology or Introductory Anthropology
- Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
- Human Growth and Development/Lifespan Development
- Medical Terminology
- Statistics* - must include inferential statistics and be at the 300 level or higher
- Human Anatomy with lab*
- Human Physiology with lab*
* NOTE: These courses need to be completed within the past seven years prior to application.
Students with concerns about whether the class they are taking will meet the prerequisite requirement should provide a course description to the Office of Student Enrollment Services.
Please click on the links below to access Occupational Therapy admissions forms. You must apply using the online application forms; paper applications are not available. If you have any difficulty completing the online application, please contact the Office of Student Enrollment Services.
Please use the information below for successful application submission
“Intended Program and Plan” select the following:
What type of degree do you intend to pursue? Masters
Academic Program: Health and Rehabilitation Graduate
Academic Plan: Occupational Therapy MS
Are you applying to a dual degree program: No
Term: Summer 2014
Recommendations: skip this section, the observation forms replace letters
Personal Statement: skip this section, not required
(If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it free from Adobe HERE.)
- Graduate Application for Admission
- Prerequisite Course Completion Plan Form
- Required Observational Hours Form
- IU OT Application Checklist
Criteria for Selection
For the Summer 2014 admission cycle, candidates are ranked according to overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite course GPA based on transcripts submitted prior to the application deadline. Only two prerequisite courses may be outstanding at the application deadline; these must be completed with letter grades by December 31st of each application cycle. Final transcripts accounting for any outstanding prerequisite courses must be postmarked by January 20th. Grade point average calculations are made using Indiana University’s grading scale.
Students are required to meet technical standards established by the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. These standards are available upon request.
The top 75 applicants based on academic merit will be offered the opportunity to interview. This ranking will be determined at the time of application deadline and based on the overall cumulative grade point average and prerequisite grade point average. The final admission ranking will be determined based on overall cumulative grade point average, prerequisite grade point average, and interview point average.
The interview date for the Class of 2016 (entering June, 2014) is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Those accepting an interview are expected to attend the entire interview process and must arrange their own transportation to the IUPUI campus for the interview process.
To Enter the Program
In order to be eligible to enter the program, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or international equivalent. They must also complete all prerequisites with a ‘C’ or higher grade from a regionally accredited college or university or international equivalent. The required prerequisite and cumulative GPA is 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
Credit hour rate for 2012-13 is $483.30 for in-state residents and $966.60 for out-of-state residents. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required at the time the student accepts admission into the program. This deposit will be credited to the student's first semester tuition if the student matriculates into the program.