M.S. & Ph.D. in Kinesiology-Occupational Science Track
The M.S. and Ph.D. track in Occupational Science is offered to
occupational therapists or related professionals. The program prepares
individuals to serve as researchers and educators who are able to
contribute to the understanding of the theoretical and empirical
relationships between occupation, health, and well-being. Completion of 16 credits for the MS program and 54 credits for the Ph.D. program beyond the baccalaureate degree is required and includes
seminars in human occupation and health, courses that emphasize research
theory and design, electives focusing on a particular area of study,
and completion of a thesis or dissertation. View complete MS and Ph.D. program description.
Karla Ausderau, Ph.D.,
Ruth Benedict, Dr.PH., OTR
Dorothy Edwards, Ph.D
Elizabeth Larson, Ph.D., OTR
Kristen Pickett, Ph.D.
Brittany Travers, Ph.D.
Tuition, Scholarship and Financial Aid
Information on financial aid opportunities available to Occupational Therapy Students.
The UW-Madison OT
Program admission practice does not discriminate based on race, sex,
gender identity or expression, religion, color, creed, disability,
sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age.
All prospective students must meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School and the Department of Kinesiology
graduate admission requirements. View details for applying to graduate studies in the Department of Kinesiology.
Prerequisites and Application requirements
A degree from a professional program in occupational therapy or related field from an accredited college or university.
A minimum 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours of coursework.
Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE:
Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical) scores and Toefl scores for foreign
students by time of application.
Three letters of recommendation.
Official academic transcripts.
Statement of purpose for graduate study.
Agreement by an individual faculty member to serve as the student's major advisor.
Additional Requirements for the Ph.D.:
- A Master’s degree is required for admission. The M.S. in Kinesiology, Occupational Science Track is one means of satisfying this requirement.
- If the Master's degree was awarded without a thesis, then evidence of scholarly writing in the form of a professionally peer-reviewed publication is required.
Completion of a degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university meets the prerequisite course requirements for admission to the MS and PhD programs in Kinesiology: Occupational Science track.
Deficiencies: Students lacking certain prerequisite courses may still be considered for admission to the Kinesiology graduate program. These students are said to be admitted with “deficiencies”, and these deficiencies must be made up as a part of the student’s graduate coursework. Generally, deficiencies may not exceed 12 credits. Students admitted with deficiencies in prerequisite courses retain eligibility for financial aid consideration