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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

Students in this program are occupational therapists who want advanced education beyond their entry-level OT degree. Students must hold either a master’s degree in occupational therapy or a bachelor’s degree in OT with a master’s degree in another area.

How does the Doctor of Occupational Therapy differ from the Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science degree?
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.

Can I work while I am in the program?
This is a post-professional program, therefore we encourage all our students to continue working in order to apply course work to their practice settings. Students enrolled in OTD courses meet at the same time several times each semester; the rest of the course material will be completed asynchronously.

What is the average length of time to complete the OTD program? I currently work 40 hours per week.
The OTD 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.

When do classes begin?
See KU's academic calendar for important dates. Spring classes typically begin in mid- January, summer classes in early June, and fall classes in late-August.

Who will help me choose my courses and get enrolled each semester?
We will assign an academic advisor to assist with course planning and enrollment.

Who will help me with my capstone project?
After you have completed most of your coursework, you will choose a faculty mentor to support your practicum and capstone activities.

I work in academia. Can I still complete practicums without participating in typical clinical experiences?
Yes, this program is designed to change your practice, whatever that practice may be.


Are online course prices the same as courses on campus?
All students pay the same online learning fee for online courses. There are different fee structures for online courses and in-person courses. Please contact the registrar's office to obtain current information about these fees.

Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition?
No, on-line courses have their own fee structure and state residency is not factored into calculating these fees.


Do you require a GRE?
No, we do not require GRE scores.

What do I need to do to start the application process?
Please refer to the OTD application page.

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018


Applications to this program are accepted Aug. 1-Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

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