Degree Requirements

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science

The Therapeutic Science doctoral program is designed for students whose interests in disability and quality of life require an integrated, interdisciplinary course of study that cannot be provided by existing programs. The program attracts students who may already have obtained academic or professional Master’s degrees and have a professional credential or identity (e.g., occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, licensed clinical social worker, clinical psychologist, special educator). Many who are already working with disability issues may wish to generate knowledge for understanding disability and improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. It includes a core curriculum for all students and gives each student the opportunity to create a course of study to meet her or his professional objectives. Students receive a foundation of basic knowledge as well as multidisciplinary perspectives on issues and problems related to individuals with disabilities.

Students in the Ph.D. program must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university, fulfill program course work requirements, and successfully complete an oral comprehensive examination to achieve Ph.D. candidacy. The Ph.D. candidate must then write a dissertation based on original research, followed by a successful oral defense of the dissertation, to receive the Ph.D. degree.

On completion of this program, students are prepared for academic, research, and leadership careers with institutions and agencies serving individuals with disabilities and their families.

Core Courses Offered in the Therapeutic Science Ph.D. Program

TS 850 From Beliefs to Evidence 1-2
TS 880 Special Projects (Independent Study) 1-6
TS 900 Evolving Interdisciplinary Views of Disablement 1-2
TS 950 Designing Effective Knowledge Transfer 1-2
TS 980 Advanced Study in Therapeutic Science 1-6
TS 990 Dissertation in Therapeutic Science 1-9

Elective Options. Each student selects graduate-level elective courses to complement his or her program. These selections must be approved by the student’s advisor.

It is typical for students to require the equivalent of at least 3 years of full-time study to fulfill these requirements.

For details of the curriculum, please visit the program's website.

Contact Info

Department of Occupational Therapy

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 2003, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-4568
Winifred W. Dunn, Chair
Jeff Radel, Ph.D. program advising
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