Become a visionary leader and prepare yourself for an expanded role in this rapidly growing health care field by earning the Doctor of Occupational Therapy in UW–Madison’s part-time, online program.

Is this program right for you?

Market demand for occupational therapists is projected to dramatically rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for occupational therapists are expected to increase 21 percent from 2016 to 2026. Earning a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) positions you to take a leadership and mentoring role in this burgeoning field.


The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy online degree program is designed as a post-professional clinical doctorate that prepares you for advanced-level practice, leadership, and the application of research in occupational therapy. As an enrolled therapist, you acquire the knowledge and skills to transform our nation’s health and education systems as well as address the needs of an aging society.


Our mission is to educate advanced occupational therapists to become visionary leaders in inter-professional practice. You create a personalized professional development plan, and translate and apply current evidence to achieve your goals.


The Doctor of Occupational Therapy fills a niche between the entry-level skills acquired through the MS in Occupational Therapy (MS-OT) degree and the advanced research skills learned in the PhD in Kinesiology-Occupational Science degree program. Our faculty helps you build the skills and practical training to become a manager, advanced practitioner, entrepreneur, policy advisor, or faculty in a teaching college.


What you Learn

  • Gain an understanding of sophisticated leadership and practice skills
  • Engage in inter-professional education and practice
  • Facilitate the translation of research to your applied setting

Where & How you learn


  • Online


  • Work individually and in workplace-based teams to deploy your knowledge of leadership skills and advanced practice
  • Demonstrate your new skills through a capstone project

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All applicants must:

  • Have a current state OT license in the U.S.
  • Hold a Master’s of Occupational Therapy or equivalent

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