PhD Admissions

Admission to the doctoral program in Occupational Science is open to individuals who have a master’s degree in a social science field or in occupational therapy. Applicants should have strong academic backgrounds, an understanding of the discipline of Occupational Science, a desire to contribute to the knowledge and research regarding human occupation, and the goal of an academic or applied research career.

Before writing your Personal Statement about why you want to study at UNC, prospective applicants will benefit from reading the publications of the faculty referenced on the faculty biography pages, as well as literature from prominent journals within Occupational Science. Dr. Ruth Humphry can provide assistance with locating these resources if needed. Contact with Dr. Humphry regarding interest in the program is encouraged, and prospective applicants are welcome to visit the UNC campus and the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Our current doctoral students are often happy to answer questions. When you contact Dr. Humphry provide a description of your general area of interest and we will try to put you in touch with a student with similar interests.

Note that doctoral students in Occupational Science are admitted to the Graduate School not the School of Medicine. The graduate tuition and fees expenses on the first page apply to PhD. students.