How to Apply
Ready to apply? Here's how to complete your application online.
Regular application deadline: December 1.
Update: For students entering the therapeutic science doctoral program in fall 2023, the application deadline has been extended to February, 1, 2023.
Steps to Apply
- Review the eligibility requirements, including information for international students.
- Review the technical standards.
- Gather the following information before beginning your online application:
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 help you achieve your 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. We encourage applicants 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 your 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.
When you apply online, you will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three individuals. The system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online. A reference should be a faculty member, advisor, employer or another person familiar with your work and character. Please 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.
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
Note: please select KU Medical Center campus location in the online application.
Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.
Please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUBMIT 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.
"I’ve held various roles, including principal investigator, on a number of research studies. My KU training is always there for me regardless of the study type or the role I hold."- Kelly Trowbridge, Ph.D. Class of 2015