Occupational Science

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PHD OCSC Fall* April 9, 2024**
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023
Director of Graduate Admissions Nancy Bagatell (bagatell@email.unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator Tamara Mesko (tamara_mesko@med.unc.edu)
Address Division of Occupational Science
CB# 7122, Bondurant Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website https://www.med.unc.edu/healthsciences/ocsci/prospectivestudents/phd-program-description/
Phone 919-843-4463
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.


Academic Statement

Describes the applicant’s understanding of and interest in occupational science. The statement should include reference to constructs/concepts/ideas in occupational science that are of importance to the applicant and how this relates to potential research plans. Additionally, the statement should demonstrate how the applicant’s interests are aligned with the program. Scholarly citations should be included in the statement. The statement should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages.

Statement of Purpose

Describe how the applicant’s lived experiences, including opportunities or challenges, motivated his/her/their decision to pursue a graduate degree in occupational science at UNC-Chapel Hill and how they will contribute to a positive learning environment.  This statement may be an essay (no more than 2-3 double-spaced pages) or other creative statement.

Sample of Academic/Scholarly Work (Optional): (no more than 10-15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write clearly, to conduct original research, or to set forth a critical interpretation or argument.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.

**Preference and assistantship consideration will be given to applications received by the UNC Graduate School by December 12, 2023