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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 items detailed below are required.

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.


A Bachelor of Science degree 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.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside 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.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide the program a new background check report. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation.

Students will be asked to provide their information and make payment for this requirement only after being officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.

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Last modified: Jun 29, 2020

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