Admission Requirements

Admission to the IUSB Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is competitive and selective. Therefore, completion of the prerequisites and submission of an application does not guarantee admission to the program.

The IUSB MSOT program uses the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application System (OTCAS).

The application cycle is opened annually from mid-July to October. We anticipate the first cycle on OTCAS for application year 2020 will open November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application but expect to have it completed by the start of the program, you must complete the Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form (.pdf). To avoid losing progress, download this form and complete it in Acrobat Reader. Then upload the completed form to OTCAS in the documents section. This form will need a signature from an advisor or a school official.

Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Minimum Prerequisite GPA of 3.0

All undergraduate and graduate course work is included in cumulative grade point average calculations. All GPAs will be calculated by OTCAS.

All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

For the current year application deadline, applicants may have no more than two (2) prerequisite courses outstanding. The outstanding prerequisite course(s) must be completed by the August start date of the program with a grade of ‘C’ or higher while maintaining at least the required 3.0 admissions cumulative GPA. Final transcripts accounting for any outstanding pre-requisite coursework must be received prior to matriculation into the program.

Record all prerequisite coursework on the Prerequisite Course Completion Form (.pdf). To avoid losing progress, download this form and complete it in Acrobat Reader. Then upload the completed form to OTCAS in the documents section.

  • Introductory Psychology (1 semester)
  • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (1 semester)
  • Life Span/Human Development Psychology course (more than one course may be required)
    • Must include the study of development from birth to death
  • Introductory Sociology or Introductory Anthropology (1 semester)
  • Statistics* (1 semester minimum)
    • Must include a study of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Human Anatomy with lab (1 semester)
  • Human Physiology with lab (1 semester)
  • Medical Terminology (minimum 1 credit hour)

All prerequisite courses must be a minimum of 3 credit hours (with the exception of Medical Terminology, which is a minimum of 1 credit hour).

Coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Final transcripts accounting for any outstanding prerequisite coursework must be received prior to matriculation into the program.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit/Dual Credit: High School Advance Placement (AP) credit appearing on official college transcripts is accepted if score is 3 or higher. If the AP credit is for a prerequisite course, the course is omitted from the prerequisite GPA. For dual credit courses, the course title must appear on an official college transcript with letter grade.

Satisfactory/Pass Grades: Acceptance of a Satisfactory grade for prerequisite courses completed in spring 2020. The preference would be for all applicants to earn a letter grade.

If an applicant’s school has transitioned to a Satisfactory/Fail or Pass/Fail grading option, grades would be accepted as follows: For students in the Indiana University system, a Satisfactory grade would be accepted although a Passing grade would not be accepted. For applicants from universities other than Indiana University, either Satisfactory or Passing grades will be accepted, though Satisfactory is preferred if both S and P grades are an option.

All prerequisite courses must be completed not more than 7 years prior to application deadline.

Credit Retake Hours: Students are approved to retake up to 15 credit hours of prerequisite courses, and the higher grade will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA. Each prerequisite course can only be retaken twice. Cumulative GPA will include each course completed according to the institutional repeat policy where the course(s) were repeated.

Because of the unique nature of each occupational therapy curriculum, graduate courses from other OT programs will not be accepted. Additionally, previous work experience in an occupational therapy paid position will not be accepted.

Clinical observation hours are NOT required; however, recommended for the applicant to begin to understand the scope of the profession. We recommend seeking observation in a minimum of 2 practice settings (E.g. hospital, pediatric clinic) and 2 different populations (E.g. children, older adults).

Please submit your personal statement essay electronically on the OTCAS application portal.

If you do provide your GRE score in your OTCAS application, it will not be reviewed.

You must complete the IUSB Graduate Application and pay the required application fee.  The application must be completed before the close of the application cycle.

Graduate students

International graduate students

As determined by the academic criteria, complete/qualified applications will be invited to an admissions interview (virtual if required by campus). Should an interview spot become available, applicants from the completed/qualified list will be contacted for remaining interview spots. Candidates outside of Indiana for whom travelling would be a hardship will be allowed to interview virtually.

International Students

Additional requirements for international applicants where English is not the primary language

Test of English Proficiency (TOEFL) For applicants whose native language is not English, submission of a TOEFL score which meets or exceeds the minimum passing scores by NBCOT, is required.

NBCOT Minimum passing scores  TOEFL iBT® (Internet-based Test)
                 Total Score: 89 - Speaking: 26

International applicants, or applicants with foreign transcripts, must meet additional requirements as determined by the IUSB Office of International Affairs:

International Student Services
Indiana University South Bend
Administration Building, Rm 140
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
P.O Box 7111 (Mail)
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
United States

+1 (574) 520-4419

+1 (574) 520-4834


Office hours Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For purposes of admission, students may submit copies of official academic documents in the original language along with an English translation. For more information, click the button below:

How to Apply

Tuition and Fees

Please refer to the IU South Bend Office of the Bursar website,, for information on tuition and fees.