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MOT Admission Requirements & Procedures

The entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy is designed for students who have completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Prospective students apply for the graduate program one year before they intend to enter.

Admission eligibility

Admission to the entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy program is competitive. In order to be considered an eligible applicant, you must provide evidence that you will complete a bachelor’s degree in any field at any regionally accredited college or university by the time you enter the program. Your cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0.

In addition, you must provide evidence that you will have completed prerequisite courses by the time you enter the program with a GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a C in any of the prerequisites.

Note: GRE is not required for this program

See prerequisite courses ►

See MOT application instructions

Application Deadline: September 1

Candidate selection criteria

Selection of applicants to be interviewed for the MOT program is based on application materials, which include the following:

  • Prerequisite documentation, confirmed by official transcripts
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale required, confirmed by official transcripts
  • Prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale required with no course grade lower than a C, confirmed by official transcripts
  • Professional recommendations
  • Communication skills, professional goals, related experiences, knowledge of occupational therapy, and professionalism

Admission is competitive. Each year, we have more applicants than we can accommodate in the class.  The top applicants are invited to an admission interview.  After the admission interview, applicants are ranked based on GPA, recommendations, and interview score. Then, the top applicants are offered admission. Some applicants may be placed on a wait list pending available spots in the class. After completing the application and interview process, some applicants may be denied. Our most recent entering class had an average prerequisite GPA of 3.66.

Additional admissions information

Performance Essentials

Becoming an occupational therapist requires the completion of a professional education program that is both intellectually and physically challenging. The purpose of the UIndy School of Occupational Therapy Performance Essentials document is to articulate the demands of this program in a way that will allow current students to compare their own capabilities against these demands.

Read the OT Performance Essentials document  ►

Criminal Background Check

In order to meet professional licensure requirements as well as protect future patients/clients and clinical sites, admitted students are required to have criminal background checks prior to matriculation into the program. A criminal history may affect fieldwork placement and/or licensure, and in some cases, disqualify a student from admission.

Transfer Students

Course credit from other occupational therapy programs is not transferable to the UIndy MOT program. This is due to the unique nature in which individual occupational therapy programs design their curriculum. It is the UIndy MOT curriculum as a whole that we believe adequately prepares our students for the NBCOT examination and clinical practice; therefore, outside credits will not transfer into the MOT program.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Indianapolis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, ethnic or national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression irrespective of whether the status is legally protected. The University complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This policy applies to applicants and students and to all other aspects of student life.

More Information

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions

Phone: 317-788-3500 or 1-800-232-8634, ext. 3500
Fax: 317-788-3542