Application requirements and steps for the postprofessional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program

The requirements, deadlines, and process for applying for the Indiana University Post professional OTD program are outlined below. As a potential applicant, you should review this admissions information before you apply.

Eligibility requirements

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

  • Completed entry-level occupational therapy education from an accredited institution; accreditation should be provided by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in the United States or by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) if international.
  • Completed a master’s degree in any academic field. A master's in OT fulfills both degree requirements.
  • Earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale within the master’s degree program.
  • Currently have or meet the requirements for occupational therapy licensure in the United States. International applicants must currently have or meet the requirements for licensure by the WFOT.

Admissions will be determined based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership potential, assessed through CV or resume, personal statement, and admissions interview.
  • Ability to engage in advanced graduate work, assessed through letters of reference and GPA of prior graduate-level coursework.

Application deadlines are July 15 for fall admission.

Application instructions

  1. Craft a personal statement. Tips for writing are included on the IU CAS graduate application page.
  2. Request official transcripts. Send by email to or mail to: School of Health & Human Sciences, Attn: SHHS Graduate Admissions Coordinator, 1050 Wishard Blvd., Third Floor, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
  3. Polish your resume or curriculum vitae, ensuring they are current and accurate.
  4. Plan to secure two letters of recommendation (not a relative). You will need the names and email addresses of your submitters for the IU CAS application. Please make your recommenders aware of your application and deadline, and give them three to four weeks to prepare. They will be sent a link to submit the letters.
  5. Be prepared to pay for application.
  6. Be prepared to be notified of an admissions interview.
  7. GRE test scores not required.

Information for international students

In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must follow the international application process and admission standards of the Office of International Affairs.

To earn admissions as an international applicant, you must also meet these program requirements:

  • If you are a non-native English speaker, you must meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency.
  • Applicants who complete coursework outside of the United States must have their official foreign transcripts evaluated and translated by an approved independent educational evaluating service based in the United States at their own expense. The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent and course-by-course equivalent for all foreign coursework.

Approved evaluation centers

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: 310-258-9451

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-273-1616

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
PO Box 745
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: 212-966-6311
World Education Services

Minimum requirement for English proficiency

The test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) test is used and you must meet the following scores for each sub-section and total.

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

Questions about your application?

Contact the School of Health & Human Sciences at