Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Occupational Science (Ph.D.) 

Application Deadlines

spring  summer  fall 

Priority Deadline: Nov. 1
Final Deadline: Jan. 7

Final Deadline: May 1 Final Deadline: June 15

Admission Criteria

  • No GRE scores are required.
  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.25 in graduate course work. Students are eligible to request conditional admission with an overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses
    • OCTH 610 Data Analysis in Occupation-based research and evidence-based practice (or equivalent graduate statistics course) (3)
    • OCTH 613 Advanced Research Methods in Occupation based practice (or equivalent) (3)
  • For applicants who are an Occupational Therapy (OT) provider, a degree or certificate in occupational therapy from a professional occupational therapy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education or by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists is required.
  • Select non-occupational therapists with a master’s degree in a relevant social-science field and demonstrated success in post-graduate education, research, or employment experiences that specifically align with faculty research in occupational science, may be admitted. These students must take OSC 891 during their first semester enrolled.
  • Interview by the doctoral admissions committee.

Application Requirements 

Submit an online application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:

  • Letter of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors familiar with your record, aptitude and potential for success in a doctoral program (email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application) are required.
  • Personal Statement: Submit a 750-1000 word purpose statement that describes the following:
    • Your understanding of occupational science and in particular your interest in the TU OS doctoral program.
    • Your specific research interests
    • How these research interests fit with occupational science tenets and with specific TU OTOS graduate faculty expertise
    • Your professional goals related to this degree.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

U.S. Immigration requires F1 and J1 students to be enrolled full-time with the majority of their classes taken in-person and on campus. For a list of TU programs that comply as well as information on required credential evaluations and English-language proficiency, please see admission requirements for international students.

  • International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS scores of 7.0 overall with a 7.0 in each section.