Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Occupational Science (Sc.D.) 

Application Deadlines

spring 2023 summer 2023 fall 2023
Final Deadline: Nov. 1 Final Deadline: March 1 Final Deadline: Aug. 15

Admission Requirements

  • The doctoral degree requires the completion of at least 90 units beyond a bachelor’s degree.
  • 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.
  • 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. A select number of students from other relevant disciplines who do not hold professional certification also may apply for admission to the program and may be accepted on a limited basis. These students must take OSC 891 during the first semester enrolled.
  • 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)
  • Licensure to practice occupational therapy for applicants who are occupational therapists
  • Interview by the doctoral admissions committee
  • International students must have a TOELF score of at least 100 or an IELTS scores of 7.0 overall with a 7.0 in each section.
  • Three letters of recommendation  (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application)
  • Submit a purpose statement (1,000 words or no less than 750 words) that describes the following: 1. understanding of occupational science and in particular your interest in the TU OS doctoral program; 2. your specific research interests; 3. how these research interests fit with occupational science tenets and with specific TU OTOS graduate faculty expertise; and 4. your professional goals related to this degree.
  • Copy of licensure to practice, if applicable

View admission and degree requirements, and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog

 Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

 **See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions

How to Apply 

  • Complete the Towson University online Graduate Application.
  • International graduate students may have additional admission and application requirements. See information about how to apply.