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How to Apply

Please arrange to have one official copy of the transcript from each college and university attended sent directly to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Photocopies, screenshots, and transcripts delivered to the applicant are not accepted.

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU Medical Center by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted. Please review the information for international students before applying.


Before you start the online application

It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the online application. Please note: Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of this program, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission.

  • Statement of Professional Goals
    Prepare a statement (300 words or less) of academic interests and professional goals. This statement should describe how graduate education at the doctoral level will contribute to the attainment of the student's career goals. 

  • Statement of Research Interests
    Briefly (2-3 paragraphs) describe research interests and how they align with expertise of faculty in the therapeutic science program. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty prior to applying to the program. 

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    The CV or resume must be up-to-date and include information on the applicant's educational, professional, and research background. Please include as much of the following information as possible:

    • Research experience/publications/abstracts
    • Awards and honors
    • Leadership roles
    • Professional presentations
    • Teaching/mentoring experience
  • References: Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online.

    A reference should be a faculty member, advisor, employer or other person familiar with the applicant's work and character. Verify each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <help@applyweb.com>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

  • Review the program's technical standards and requirements

  • English Language Proficiency
    All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU Medical Center by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.

  • Transcripts
    Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university attended sent directly to KU Medical Center. If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to OTtranscripts@kumc.edu.

    Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
    Attn: PhD Admissions
    Dept. of Occupational Therapy Education
    MS 2003
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

International Students:
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.


Online Application

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

Application Deadline:
December 1

Applications must be received by the application deadline to be considered for entry to the program. Courses begin the following fall semester.

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See also:

Student Handbook

MS in OT Thesis Handbook PDF document (image)

Information for Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Advising and campus visits are available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email healthprofessions@kumc.edu for information.

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center.

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