Doctor of Occupational Therapy

You became an occupational therapist to help people lead fulfilling lives. Now, you’re ready to elevate your practice, engage in the betterment of the profession and step up as a leader in your field.  

OT students practicing handwashing with patient in wheelchair

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree engages practicing occupational therapists in leadership for advanced roles as master practitioner, advocate for clients and populations, and occupational therapy educator. Our program is designed for part-time enrollment allowing you to stay active in the profession while integrating learning activities into clinical practice.

Our curriculum consists of two components, core coursework and individually mentored professional development in an area of specialization. Students enroll for 6-7 credit-hours per semester, and typically complete their degree within 5-6 semesters.  Faculty mentors are located at the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. Courses are conducted primarily online with one or two campus visits per semester that rotate between the Dallas and Houston centers.

Program Requirements

 The OTD program requires 33 credit hours for completion — 27 hours of core requirements and 6 elective credit hours, including a doctoral capstone project completed under the tutelage of a faculty mentor. A full listing of required courses is available in the graduate catalog. Curriculum requirements include: 

  • Core courses (12 credits)
  • Mentored Professional Development (9 credits)
  • Applied Research and Evidenced-Based Practice (6 credits)
  • Electives to support specialization (6 credits)

Next Steps

Apply for Admission

Candidates for admission to the OTD program must have a current occupational therapy license and are required to meet the general requirements for graduate admission, as well as the School of OT's requirements for OTD program admissions.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted at any time, but best consideration will be given to those received by February 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.