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Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Here are the answers to the most common questions we hear from students interested in our post-professional doctoral program.

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Curriculum and Format

The OTD is a professional doctorate designed to develop leaders in practice and education. The Ph.D. is a research doctorate designed to develop academic researchers.

Yes. This program is tailored to the interests of the student and their professional goals. Live courses are scheduled to accommodate students that are employed full-time. 

The post-professional occupational therapy doctoral degree program is a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond a master's degree. Students typically take 3-6 credit hours (1-2 courses) per semester. For example, if you take one course per semester including summer, it will take four years to complete the program. We encourage students to continue working while enrolled in the program. This way, they can apply the material they are studying to their current practice. Most of our students work full-time.

All students begin this program during the summer semester. See KU Medical Center's academic calendar for important dates.

We will assign an academic advisor to assist with course planning and enrollment.

Students will participate in learning activities throughout the curriculum that will help guide them in determination of your capstone experience. Prior to enrolling in your advanced-practicum and capstone project you will select mentors to support you.

Yes, this program is designed to change your practice, whatever that practice may be.

Tuition and Fees

All students pay the same online learning fee for online courses. There are different fee structures for online courses and in-person courses. Visit the Registrar's Comprehensive Fee Schedule for complete, current tuition information.

No, online courses have their own fee structure and state residency is not factored into calculating these fees.


No, we do not require GRE scores.

We encourage you to review our eligibility information for applicants and the steps to apply.

KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-7195 • 711 TTY