Occupational Science (Sc.D.)

Occupational science is the scientific study of human occupation related to the purposeful and meaningful activities that comprise everyday life experiences. Towson’s occupational science doctoral program prepares you to undertake cutting-edge research and create evidence-based interventions.

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This program is designed for occupational therapists with a master’s degree or non-occupational therapists with a master’s degree in a social science-related field and demonstrated success in post-graduate education, research, and/or employment experiences that align with faculty research in occupational science. This doctoral program will prepare you for advanced-level research and leadership roles in academia, practice, advocacy and administration. Created in 2000, Towson’s doctoral program helps you apply knowledge gained through the advanced study of occupational science to improve the health and well-being of society through occupation.

This doctoral program is designed for the working professional and offers the following:

  1. Part-time, year round course offerings
  2. Ability to take classes in a traditional, onsite or online format.
  3. A community of scholars engaged in occupation-based research across the lifespan

View the admissions and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

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All materials must be received by the following dates for consideration:

  • March 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission
  • October 1 for Spring admission

An Evolving Discipline

Broaden Your Community

The Society of the Study of Occupation: USA is a research society that strives to build the body of knowledge in occupational science to benefit humanity. Join this national community of scholars to exchange ideas and support the global discipline of occupational science.

A Developing Discipline

The field of occupational science was founded in the late 1980s to provide the profession of occupational therapy with its own scientific and research base for informing clinical practices. Today, Towson’s program is among a small number of academic programs in occupational science worldwide.

Contact Information

Program Director

Beth Merryman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Linthicum Hall
Room 235
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.