Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy

As a practicing occupational therapist, you’ve touched the lives of your patients, adapted to changes in the profession and felt the pull to share your knowledge.

Embrace your calling to contribute to evidence-based practice through research, and to shape the next generation of occupational therapists by earning your Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy degree.

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy (PhD) degree prepares occupational therapists for advanced scholarly careers in academia and practice. Our graduates will have demonstrated the ability to contribute new or expanded knowledge, skills and attitudes to the profession of occupational therapy, as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals and national presentations at peer reviewed professional conferences.

Our curriculum consists of three components, core coursework, qualifying examination and dissertation. Students typically enroll for 3-6 credit-hours per semester, and complete the degree with in 4-6 years. (Students must complete their degree, including dissertation, within 10 years.)  Faculty mentors are located at the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. Courses are conducted primarily online with one or two campus visits per semester, rotating between the Dallas and Houston centers.

Program Requirements

The PhD program requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours of masters/doctoral level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree — a minimum of 44 semester hours will be completed as a part of the doctoral program curriculum. A full listing of required courses is available in the graduate catalog. Curriculum includes:

  • Core course work
  • Research Tools
  • Electives
  • Qualifying Examination & Dissertation

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy

Program Contact

Dr. Patricia Bowyer
Professor and Coordinator of Post Professional Programs
713-794-2130
pbowyer@twu.edu

Admission Deadlines

Applications are accepted at any time, but best consideration will be given to those received by April 15 prior to the desired Summer or Fall start date.  Admissions to our graduate programs are competitive.  Applicants must complete all steps in order to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Initial certification as an occupational therapist by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  Graduates from non U.S. baccalaureate programs, recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists who otherwise meet admission requirements, need not be certified by the NBCOT to pursue the Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy.
  • Graduate level degree
  • 3.2 minimum GPA in graduate level work
  • Original score report from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within 10 years of application date
  • Satisfactory English language proficiency score (if applicable)
  • Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Graduates from non U.S. baccalaureate programs, recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists who otherwise meet admission requirements, need not be certified by the NBCOT to pursue the Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy.

How to Apply

The PhD in Occupational Therapy at TWU is based on a mentorship model. Applicants must first match research interests and speak directly with a potential faculty mentor from the Ph.D. faculty in occupational therapy before applying to the program. Please contact Patricia Bowyer at pbowyer@twu.edu to begin the faculty mentor match. After a faculty mentor has been identified and approved, complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (Code 6826).
  3. Complete the Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy Application (PDF) and submit along with current resume to pbowyer@twu.edu.
  4. Three academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to pbowyer@twu.edu. Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy" in the subject line.
  5. Participate in an admissions committee interview.
  6. Complete a Faculty Mentor Agreement.

Next steps

Apply today

The PhD in Occupational Therapy at TWU is based on a mentorship model. Applicants must first match research interests and speak directly with a potential faculty mentor before entry into the program. Candidates must have a current occupational therapy license and are required to meet the general requirements for graduate admission, as well as the School of Occupational Therapy PhD requirements for admission.

Application deadlines 

Applications are accepted at any time, but best consideration can be given to those received by April 15 prior to the desired Summer or Fall start-date.

Contact us

For additional information, please contact Patricia Bowyer, OTR, EdD, Professor and Coordinator of Post-professional Programs.

Page last updated 3:55 PM, July 18, 2019