All Mount Mary University graduate programs welcome both men and women. To be eligible for the Mount Mary Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have current licensure as an occupational therapist
  • Have a minimum of one year of professional practice as an occupational therapist
  • Have a master’s degree in occupational therapy or related field from a regionally accredited institution or have successfully completed bachelor’s to master’s bridge prior to doctoral program                     
  • Have a minimum master’s degree GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or demonstrated academicability

How to apply:

  1. Complete and submit the online Doctoral Student Application
  2. Submit the non-refundable application fee ($45) online by credit card or e-check through CashNet on the MyMountMary portal. Note: Alumni qualify for a waived application fee. Contact your graduate admission counselor to obtain the waiver code prior to submitting your application.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Contact each institution (typically the registrar’s office) to have your official transcript sent directly to:
    Mount Mary University Office for Graduate Education 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
    Use Mount Mary’s Transcript Request Form (PDF) to help speed up this process. If you are in the process of completing a degree, you will need to send your official transcript once the degree is completed to verify receipt of the degree. If you previously attended Mount Mary, you do not need to request Mount Mary transcripts.
  4. Complete an interview with the Program Director (via Skype or in-person) to discuss the program’s ability to support attainment of the applicant’s professional development goals and identification of any additional prerequisite courses required for degree completion.
  5. Complete a monitored writing sample that addresses professional issues (topic provided by program). At the time of the interview, a writing sample will be required.  The writing is monitored (via Skype or in-person) to authenticate the candidate’s identity and verify the candidate’s writing style and ability.
  6. Submit copy of current license as an occupational therapist.
  7. Submit verification of identity (copy of driver’s license, passport or other government-issued photo identification)

Application Review

Completed applications are reviewed October 15 and March 15 for fall admission. If space is available, applications will continue to be reviewed in summer. A maximum of 15 students will be admitted each fall. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and admission status within three weeks following review. Upon notification of admission, applicants must submit a tuition deposit to confirm their intent to enroll.

Graduate Student Admission Status

  • "Full" status is granted if all admission requirements are met.
  • "Probationary" status is granted if minimum requirements are not met. The letter of admission will state the requirements (e.g., prerequisite courses) that student must meet to be granted "full" status.
  • "Not Admitted" is indicated if an applicant does not meet admission criteria.

Additional Considerations

Statements of Fair Practice Mount Mary University recognizes and adheres to certain standards and practices in regard to the admission of students, financial arrangement, employment, academic achievement and ethical conduct of both faculty and students. These standards and practices area stated in the University Bulletin, the Faculty and Administrative Personnel Handbook and the Student Handbook.

Mount Mary University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability or age in its programs and activities. Mount Mary University is committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities. Mount Mary University does not offer a specialized curriculum for persons with disabilities. Students at Mount Mary have access to tools and resources that will enable them to manage day-to-day life in the University. The services that are available will vary depending on the nature of the disability.

International Applicants International candidates are not eligible for a distance-delivered program.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) The United States Department of Education requires that distance delivered programs be authorized to provide education across state boundaries. While the regulations have not yet been finalized, applicants who reside in a state other that Wisconsin are subject to institutional review with regard to the applicant’s home state’s regulations for reciprocity in distance education. This review may prohibit an applicant’s eligibility for the program or result in additional costs. Mount Mary University supports the Midwestern Higher Education Compact that establishes reciprocity with other regions of the United States. For questions about state authorization, contact the Dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at (414) 930-3394.