Eligibility and Requirements
Only those students who seek to obtain a Ph.D. degree will be admitted to the therapeutic science program. The admission committee will review each applicant’s preparation for doctoral-level work.
An acceptable level of preparation must include basic training in statistics and design and completion of an empirical research study or thesis. If an applicant does not have adequate preparation for doctoral-level work, he or she must develop satisfactory research skills prior to formally entering the program.
The admissions review will also consider the fit between the student's research interests and expertise of faculty in the therapeutic science program. If invited to join the program, applicants with options for discipline-specific doctoral programs will be required to submit a rationale for why the therapeutic science program is best suited to achieving their goals.
In addition, the applicant's leadership experience and potential, potential to contribute significantly to knowledge generation and knowledge transfer through research, teaching, or service, and the extent to which the applicant's interests and goals correspond to those of the available faculty, will be considered as part of the admissions review process.
To be considered for admission into KU's therapeutic science doctoral program, the following are required:
A Bachelor of Science and a research-based master's degree are required. Students with degrees in fields other than occupational therapy are encouraged to apply. Students with degrees from a university outside the U.S. may be considered provided they meet the requirements equivalent to those from a program in the U.S. as listed above.
Grade Point Average
An overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0-scale) is required.
Please note: reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the therapeutic science program, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.
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