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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Important Admission Updates:
2015 Admission Cycle: July 18 – October 1, 2014
New for 2015 Admission! IU will participate in OTCAS. See the instructions below for details on our new application process.

Admission to the professional Occupational Therapy program is competitive. Please note that the admission process and application deadline has changed. Applications are accepted beginning July 18 and are due no later than October 1st for enrollment the following summer. The OTCAS application must be in "Complete" status by October 1, and all other application materials, including the IUPUI Graduate/Professional Application and OT Observation Forms must be postmarked by October 1. Click here for a summary of the admission details.

Students accepted into the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 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 October 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 (OTR) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). 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.
  • An OTCAS application in "Complete" status by October 1. See
    OTCAS requires applicants to complete ALL fields with a red box. Just note that the MSOT Admissions Committee will not review statements and references even though OTCAS sets it as a requirement.
  • A completed IUPUI Graduate/Professional Application. See

Application Materials

Applications are accepted July 18 – October 1 annually. All application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline. Forms are located under 'Admission Forms' below.

  1. IUPUI Online Graduate Application for Admission and $60 non-refundable application fee
  2. OTCAS application – must be in “Complete” status by October 1
  3. Required Observational Hours Forms
  4. Prerequisite Course Completion Form
  5. IU Occupational Therapy Application Checklist

Application materials 3-5 submitted in one package to:

OT Admissions Committee
Coleman Hall 120
1140 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202.


  • Introductory Psychology – 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Introductory Sociology or Introductory Anthropology – 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology – 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Life Span/Human Development Psychology – 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Human Anatomy with lab* - 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Human Physiology with lab* - 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Statistics* - must include inferential statistics and be at the 300 level or equivalent – 3 semester credit hours minimum
  • Medical Terminology – 1 semester credit hour minimum

* NOTE: These courses need to be completed within the past seven years prior to application deadline.

Students with concerns about whether the class they are taking will meet the prerequisite requirement should provide a course syllabus to the Office of Student Enrollment Services.

Admissions Forms

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 2015

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.)

Criteria for Selection


For the Summer 2015 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 15th. Grade point average calculations are made using the OTCAS's grading scale.

Technical Standards

Students are required to meet technical standards established by the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. These standards are available upon request.


The top 72 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 2017 (entering June, 2015) is Saturday, December 6th, 2014. 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 2014-15 is $502.80 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.