Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

Our interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science (ORS) offers graduate training in research that is dedicated to assisting people of all ages and abilities perform and participate in everyday occupations as a source of lifelong meaning, development, health and well-being. Our program was created to meet the national demand for PhD trained scientists and educators in occupational therapy and related disciplines.

Students and faculty mentors in the ORS program investigate human performance and participation in everyday occupations from the perspectives of occupational science and rehabilitation science. Core research areas include:

  • Cognitive, motor, sensory and neurophysiological performance
  • Everyday cccupation, disability, rehabilitation and health
  • Education from an occupation and rehabilitation science perspective

Career Objectives

Upon graduation, students typically pursue academic careers in research and higher education, although additional career opportunities exist in industry and government.

Our ORS PhD degree is intended to meet the needs and career goals for individuals with the following types of experience and education:

*Related degrees might include: Other allied health disciplines, biomedical science or engineering, anthropology, education, etc. If you have questions please contact the PhD program director.


To be considered for Fall 2019 admission, complete applications must be received by February 4, 2019. Applications beyond this date will be accepted, but without guarantee of consideration for Fall 2019 admission.