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Doctor of Philosophy in Therapeutic Science

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Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science Admission

A Bachelor of Science and a research-based master's degree are required. Students with degrees in fields other than occupational therapy are encouraged to apply. 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 is not required.

Acceptable 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 before formally entering the program. The admission review also considers the fit between the student’s research interests and the design and goals of the program. Applicants who qualify for admission must investigate discipline-specific programs with which their interests intersect and submit a rationale for why their research and career goals can only be met by this program. Only students seeking the Ph.D. degree are admitted.

A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

International students or those for whom English is a second language must meet minimum English proficiency requirements. International students may have additional requirements for visa, residency, and citizenship status. Students should contact the KUMC Office of International Programs for guidance regarding these issues during the application process.

M.S. in Occupational Therapy

This program is for practicing occupational therapists and other professionals interested in researching disability issues. Admission is limited to students wishing to pursue a research-based master’s degree or to those interested in the therapeutic science doctoral program who do not hold a master’s degree with a research emphasis.

This degree is not suited for individuals who wish to develop competence in clinical practice. The curriculum recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue in the development of research, teaching, and administrative skills and knowledge of relevant theory. Most course work is offered in the evenings.

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